I want to know how many people are connected to my server. Since I'm doing comet applications, this is important

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    What kind of server? What OS? If it's a web server which one? Your choice of tags really don't help at all. – John Gardeniers May 13 '11 at 4:36
  • Bear in mind that HTTP does not commonly maintain connections. So, users will only connect temporarily to pull a web-page, then immediately disconnect. Simply looking at open connections will not give you the number of people viewing your website. – Chris S May 13 '11 at 12:37

There are about a zillion ways to do this but:

netstat | grep http | wc -l

Keep it mind that http is a stateless protocol. Each line can represent one client opening multiple sockets to grab different files (css, images, etc) that will hang out for awhile in a timewait state.

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    grep -c saves a fork. :) – HampusLi May 13 '11 at 9:35

Below are some commands of netstat using which you can check the number of connections a server has.

To display all active Internet connections to the servers, only established connections are included.

netstat -na

To display only active Internet connections to the server at port 80 and sort the results, allow to recognize many connections coming from one IP

netstat -an | grep :80 | sort

To display the list of the all IP addresses involved instead of just count.

netstat -n -p | grep SYN_REC | sort -u
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If your webserver is apache, you can also use the server-status page (after enabled it).

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I know this is an old question, but I found it while looking for a tidy way to count all incoming connections to a given port. The trouble with a blanket search for a port is that you'll also pick up outgoing connections, skewing your numbers.


tcp        0      0          ESTABLISHED
tcp        0      0          ESTABLISHED
tcp        0      0          ESTABLISHED
tcp        0      0          TIME_WAIT
tcp        0      0          ESTABLISHED
tcp        0      0          TIME_WAIT
tcp        0      0          ESTABLISHED

An indiscriminate grep -c or awk | wc -l would return "7," but there are actually only "3" inbound connections. Anyway, I haven't found a graceful way to do this, and my awk-fu's not so not, but I ultimately opted to netstat -an, use awk to print only the "local address" column, and count the instances of the port I'm looking for.

netstat -an | grep -c 8080


netstat -an | awk '{print $4}' | grep -c 8080


So, 31 connected sockets on port 8080. I hope that helps. If anyone knows a more concise way to do this, then please do share it.

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    Whenever you use awk and grep in quick succession, chances are that awk alone will do the job. netstat -an | awk '$5 ~ /:8080$/ { C++ } END { print C }' – 200_success Aug 26 '13 at 19:55

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