How can I port-forward port 80 internally to port 8080?

My goal is to have a web app server (Glassfish) running on port 8080, but for the outside world to access it normally on port 80. This is being done so that I don't have to run Glassfish as root.

I tried adding the following rule to my /etc/sysconfig/iptables:

-A PREROUTING -t nat -i eth0 -p tcp --dport 80 -j REDIRECT --to-port 8080

but this results in the following error:

Applying iptables firewall rules: iptables-restore v1.3.5: Line 21 seems to have a -t table option.

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You cannot specify the table like that in/etc/sysconfig/iptables. Each table is set with an asterisk then the table name. Here is a skeleton of what you'd do:

-A PREROUTING -i eth0 -p tcp --dport 80 -j DNAT --to-destination :8080

Instead of editing the file you could also manually set up the rules you like using the iptables command and then execute iptables-save > /etc/sysconfig/iptables or service iptables save.


you were close

iptables -t nat -A PREROUTING -i eth0 -p tcp --dport 80 -j DNAT --to-destination :8080

It has to do NAT so that when the reply is sent back to the client, it appears to come from port 80, not 8080.

  • Hmm, while this works on the command line, I still get the above error when I add the rule to /etc/sysconfig/iptables. Feb 4, 2011 at 21:16
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    Once its added, just do /etc/init.d/iptables save
    – phemmer
    Feb 4, 2011 at 22:45

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