Port scan

Additional ports to check:
This tool will check a range of ports by default. You may add other ports of particular interest.

About the port scan tool

The port scanner tool

Using the port scanner tool, you can scan any server, host, or firewall for open ports, accessible from the Internet. This tool scans the +75 commonly used ports.

The tool will also probe some of the most common protocols - i.e., the tool will initiate communication and display the information that comes back. This applies to DNS, HTTP, HTTPS, SMTP, FTP, POP3, and the like.

Using the tool, you can learn many valuable things about a given server. The tool scans and reveals all passively available information about the server: Which protocols it communicates via, which services it makes available, which types of software it runs, and in some cases even version numbers of the individual server programs.

This is extremely valuable information - whether you want to protect your network or want to see what your competitor is doing.


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What ports do the tool scan?

As mentioned, the tool scans the +75 commonly used ports. They ports are within these categories:

  • Ping
  • Web services (HTTP, etc.)
  • Email Services (SMTP, POP3, etc.)
  • Database Services (SQL server, MySQL, etc.)
  • File Transfer Services (FTP)
  • Remote Access Services (SSH, Telnet, RDP, etc.)
  • Remote Management Services (cPanel)
  • Domain and DNS Services (DNS, WHOIS)
  • VPN Services (IPsec, OpenVPN, etc.)
  • VoIP Services (SIP, RTP, etc.)
  • Streaming Services (RTSP, RTMP)
  • Monitoring Services (Prometheus, Zabbix, etc.)
  • Backup and Disaster Recovery (Veeam, Acronis)
  • Proxy Services (SOCKS, HTTP, Squid, etc.)
  • Virtualization Platforms (VMware, Hyper-V, Proxmox)
  • Version Control Systems (Git, SVN)
  • Containerization and Orchestration Platforms (Docker, Kubernetes)

What is port scanning used for?

As you may sense, port scanning can be used in several different ways. So the application of this method and this tool depends on your point of view. Here I will only describe the application options for you as a system administrator.

As an administrator of a server, you want to make sure that only the absolutely necessary ports are open. Each open port constitutes an attack vector. So as an administrator you should be completely aware of which ports are open on your server and why they are open. This is essential in keeping your server secure.

You should also be aware if some of your server applications send version info back on a simple probe. If a malicious attacker can see that you have an outdated FTP server running, it is an obvious place to attack. You should therefore turn off these kinds of messages - it serves no purpose to share that information.

Is port scanning legal?

Yes! Although it may be controversial, there is nothing illegal or wrong about port scanning.

In the same way that port scanning can be used as an attack to detect weaknesses, it is also one of the best ways to secure and validate one's own server.

There are open ports on my machine - what do I do?

Once you know which ports are open, assess the services associated with those ports. Determine whether these services are necessary for your system's operation.

For ports associated with services that aren't essential, consider closing them to prevent potential unauthorized access. This can typically be done through your system's firewall settings or by configuring the respective service.

If you're unsure about how to proceed or suspect a security breach, either contact your systems administrator and/or consulting a cybersecurity expert for guidance on securing your system.


This tool has a fully-featured API available. You may read more about the API here. It is also an option to simply try out the tool - the corresponding API URL for each lookup is made available as a part of the result.


These tools are still in active development. If you have any kind of feedback, please let me know. Send me an e-mail on iamrootdottech(a)gmail.com.