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I'm using OpenVPN on a VPS which I want to forward incoming port 7999 from the external IP to the internal IP using iptables. I cannot seem to get the syntax correct and I have made sure forwarding is enabled:

root@insanity:~# cat /proc/sys/net/ipv4/conf/venet0/forwarding             

So if anyone could tell me the iptables command I'm looking to use I'd appreciate it so much. I'm losing my mind trying to figure it out.

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You just want to:

iptables -t nat -A PREROUTING -d -p tcp --dport 7999 -j DNAT -to-destination


echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_forward

Also make sure that you've enabled forwarding persistent across reboots.

# Controls IP packet forwarding net.ipv4.ip_forward = 1

in /etc/sysctl.conf

And don't forget to check routing on VPS and on the remote box which has internal IP.

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I'm not sure how you mean check routing on VPS and on remote box which has internal IP. But after doing the commands you said, I can telnet to port 7999 and get an established connection, but I cannot telnet to port 7999 and get a connection. – Pei Mar 13 '13 at 0:09
How can you connect to internal IP from Internet?? – Gevial Mar 13 '13 at 5:07
It doesn't work: root@insanity:~# telnet 7987 Trying Connected to Escape character is '^]'. root@insanity:~# iptables -t nat -A PREROUTING -d \ -p tcp --dport 7987 -j DNAT --to-destination root@insanity:~# telnet 7987 Trying telnet: Unable to connect to remote host: Connection refused – user174217 May 17 '13 at 15:20
To have connections to the external IP from the machine itself work the DNAT rules also needs to be in the OUTPUT chain. – mgorven May 17 '13 at 18:41

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