I have a react-native application and I want to write a script for start test version. I need to shotdown the :8081 port if it is alive. The command:

lsof -i :8081
kill -9 <PID>

The lsof getting back this result:

chrome     2423 loow  127u  IPv4 13749099      0t0  TCP localhost.localdomain:36650->localhost.localdomain:tproxy (ESTABLISHED)
qemu-syst 15091 loow   64u  IPv4 13795587      0t0  TCP localhost.localdomain:43518->localhost.localdomain:tproxy (ESTABLISHED)
qemu-syst 15091 loow   66u  IPv4 13795588      0t0  TCP localhost.localdomain:43520->localhost.localdomain:tproxy (ESTABLISHED)
qemu-syst 15091 loow   89u  IPv4 13777485      0t0  TCP localhost.localdomain:40500->localhost.localdomain:tproxy (ESTABLISHED)
node      16210 loow   16u  IPv6 13747716      0t0  TCP *:tproxy (LISTEN)
node      16210 loow   18u  IPv6 13751322      0t0  TCP localhost.localdomain:tproxy->localhost.localdomain:36650 (ESTABLISHED)
node      16210 loow   19u  IPv6 13798473      0t0  TCP localhost.localdomain:tproxy->localhost.localdomain:43518 (ESTABLISHED)
node      16210 loow   21u  IPv6 13798475      0t0  TCP localhost.localdomain:tproxy->localhost.localdomain:43520 (ESTABLISHED)
node      16210 loow   27u  IPv6 13777958      0t0  TCP localhost.localdomain:tproxy->localhost.localdomain:40500 (ESTABLISHED)

What exactly I need is the pid of the node service in this case 16210. How can I get it from lsof?

I tryed lsof -ti :8081 which return only the pids, but it's return back all of it. I tryed to extend it with grep: lsof -ti :8081 | grep node, which return nothing.

So I only need the process id, to take it into the kill -9 $PID.

  • Nobody has mentioned in the answers, but using -9 (SIGKILL) may not be the best idea, as it denies the process any opportunity to do cleanup and release resources. Use -15 (SIGTERM) first, give the process some time to exit on its own, and if it still hasn't exited then do the SIGKILL.
    – szmoore
    Nov 28, 2021 at 9:26

3 Answers 3


I think your whole approach is flawed, you should probably run your service under systemd (or wrap it in a systemV style start-stop script that records the PID) which would simplify stopping the correct service greatly.

Alternatively the conventional tool to find a specific process is pgrep and the associated pkill allows you to easily kill them:

pkill -9 -u node  react-native-app-name

Having said that, to answer your literal question: in general the correct service processes to stop are the ones which provide the listener on that TCP port, i.e. restrict your lsof output with -sTCP:LISTEN

lsof -i :8081 -sTCP:LISTEN |awk 'NR > 1 {print $2}'  |xargs kill -15
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    If you want simple management of a loose process, one can also use Supervisor.
    – Halfgaar
    Apr 28, 2017 at 9:45
  • Im sure that it's better under systemd, but this is just test, so I just write a script which start the test version of the app. But yes you answered my question thank you. Apr 28, 2017 at 9:48

Easiest way to kill -

kill $(lsof -ti:8081)

This will kill all the process ids fetched in loop, automatically.

To only kill the processes listening on the port -

kill $(lsof -t -sTCP:LISTEN -i:8081)
  • Nice! This is WAY simpler.
    – Nalandial
    May 23, 2022 at 19:52
  • Although simpler there are cases this does not work. The reason is that it fetches both listening and established processes. For example if you have a local server running and a browser connected, this will attempt to kill both. Oct 23, 2022 at 0:30
lsof -i :8081 | awk '{system("kill -9 " $2)}'

should do what you want. Be careful on a very high load system with a lot of short lived processes though. It could be that you kill the wrong process because sometimes the output of lsof proved not to be too reliable over time.

  • Because of the these short lived process I wanted to setup the name of the process as "node", because only one service can run as node module on the same port. Apr 28, 2017 at 9:49

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