cannot connect to a port

Posted December 28, 2019 11.5k views
DigitalOcean Cloud Firewalls

My droplet has debian os. I have a java application running which tries to exchange data with remote similar applications. This data exchange has previously worked across remote environments where each node has been a hardware node. It uses apache tribes package to exchange peer to peer messages over TCP.

I have set TCP port 4000 as a rule in my firewall and I have been expecting to be able to communicate with my application listening on that port. Netstat reports 4000 to be a listening port.

In the past with my application running on a dedicated remote server, I have been able to connect using telnet from a remote system (in which case my log files respond reporting junk data). Currently, telnet reports “?need to be connected first”

Also, from the droplet command line I issue:
echo “some text” > /dev/tcp/
which invokes “connection refused”

If I use udp instead, there is no error, but still no indication that the data reached my application.

many thanks,


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It sounds like that your Java app is binding to rather than so that’s why you can only access it locally from the server itself.

To check if this is true you can run:

netstat -plant | grep 4000

If you get something like this:

Proto Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address           Foreign Address         State       PID/Program name    
tcp        0      0*               LISTEN      27944/java  

Then you would need to change your application so it binds to rather than, that way you would be able to access it remotely.

Let me know how it goes!