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What is a simple way in Windows to test if traffic gets through to a specific port on a remote machine?

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Related:… – Pacerier Feb 23 at 11:00

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I found a hiddem gem the other day from Microsoft that is designed for testing ports:


"Portqry.exe is a command-line utility that you can use to help troubleshoot TCP/IP connectivity issues. Portqry.exe runs on Windows 2000-based computers, on Windows XP-based computers, and on Windows Server 2003-based computers. The utility reports the port status of TCP and UDP ports on a computer that you select. "

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Use the telnet command to connect to the server on the specified port, and see if a connection can be established.


$ telnet my_server 25
220 my_server ESMTP Postfix


$ telnet my_server 23632
Connecting To my_server...Could not open connection to the host, on port 23632:
Connect failed
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doesn't work for UDP. – Adriano Varoli Piazza Jul 2 '09 at 20:23
UDP is connectionless.. – Amalgovinus Jun 23 '14 at 18:46

Telnet will work for TCP.

Netcat is a better tool for these sorts of things, including UDP, watch out though, some AV softwares consider it an 'evil hacker tool'

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Which version of Windows? For Windows 8/Server 2012 and later, the following works in PowerShell:

Test-NetConnection -Port 80

Some Googling will also turn up alternatives which use the .NET Framework directly (since PowerShell lets you do that) for systems running lower versions of Windows that won't have Test-NetConnection available.

If you're not averse to using third-party utilities, Nmap is a very good friend to have.

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.Net method: $connection = (New-Object Net.Sockets.TcpClient).Connect($target,$port); If ($connection.Connected) { $connection.Close() } – ST8Z6FR57ABE6A8RE9UF Dec 9 '14 at 23:09
On Win7, that doesn't work :-( – samsmith Nov 5 at 0:20
@samsmith Are you talking about the command in my answer, or the one ST8Z...'s comment? The one in my answer only works for Win8/2k12 and higher, and the answer says as much. – Iszi Nov 5 at 14:38

the following command will list all ports in use on the machine...

netstat -a

The output contains the protocol, local address, foreign address and current state

Netstat documentation on

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Question asks about open ports on a remote machine, not local. – Chris S Jun 26 '13 at 13:04

'netstat' is you friend.

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Local machine yes, remote machine no. – Joe Jul 2 '09 at 18:04
This answer was posted before the edit that specified that it's about a port on remote machine. – quosoo Jul 2 '09 at 18:11

protected by Chris S Jun 26 '13 at 13:07

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