On OS X 10.6 you do not have iptables, so what is the full solution for this permanently redirect all request sent to port 80 to another port, like 8080?

It has to be persistent.

  • I wanted to suggest rinetd because it is so simple I thought it would compile anywhere, but there does not seem to be a port to OS X, unfortunately... Sep 22, 2010 at 11:55
  • I can't post this as an answer because this question is protected, but I've had great success using the built in Apache server to redirect to another port. Add the following to the end of /etc/apache2/httpd.conf: <Location />\nProxyPass http://localhost:8080/\n</Location> (where \n is a newline), and then enable "Internet Sharing" in System Preferences.
    – Tobias
    Jul 3, 2012 at 1:44

2 Answers 2


Use ipfw as in @bindbn's answer. That's the general idea.


put your rules into a file :


add at the very top of your file


Ensure that there are not leading or trailing whitespaces in any line.

add to /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.yourdomain.ipfw.plist :

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple Computer//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">

Either reboot, or

launchctl load -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.yourdomain.ipfw.plist

the first time.

After that it is

launchctl load com.yourdomain.ipfw
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    Chinggsy, I tried your method and everything runs but once it does I get an error in the console. 3/30/11 4:07:01 PM com.apple.ipfw[342] Line 1: socket: Operation not permitted The permissions on both files are set to root as the owner and the issue persists. What am I missing? peace
    – concertman
    Mar 30, 2011 at 21:15
  • This article fixed that for me: apple.stackexchange.com/questions/3250/…
    – Mattijs
    Jul 31, 2013 at 10:55
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    Actually, this answer didn't work for some reason. This article did however: blog.scottlowe.org/2012/04/05/setting-up-ipfw-on-mac-os-x
    – Mattijs
    Jul 31, 2013 at 11:22
  • In OS X Yosemite ipfw has been removed. An alternative solution using pf has been posted in this gist. Oct 17, 2014 at 14:27

Use ipfw(read http://discussions.info.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=10945451 http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=10996939&#10996939)

ipfw add NUMBER fwd,8080 tcp from any to me 80

or http://www.hanynet.com/waterroof/

  • Thank but is missing something, this change is not persistent.
    – sorin
    Sep 22, 2010 at 14:29
  • okay ,... place your plist in Launch agents not launch Daemon. amazing it worked for me.
    – user105558
    Dec 31, 2011 at 1:23
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    'NUMBER' is some sort of position in ipfw and should be replaced with an actual number
    – Drew
    Feb 16, 2012 at 17:10

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