I can't run Nmap from my droplet.

Posted December 8, 2019 7k views

I’m trying to test my home network by portscanning from my droplet but everytime I run Nmap I get this error:

Couldn't open a raw socket. Error: Permission denied (13)

I’m running it with sudo (as root…) but it always says permission denied. Thanks.

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This is a dumb issue with how snap works. The fix is running

snap connect nmap:network-control

after installing nmap.

Hi @puggolouie,

I’ve actually never experienced this on any linux machine so I had to do some research. This seems to be experienced when you are using nmap on Windows.

There are some bugs opened about it here - BUG

Anyway, can you confirm how exactly are you trying to scan your local environment from your droplet?


Hello, @puggolouie

Could you please let me know what OS you’re using? There was a bug in a specific version and I would like to check this. Also what happens when you run the scan locally on your droplet?

sudo netstat -plunt

Let me know how it goes.


  • root@vps-195:~# sudo netstat -plunt
    Active Internet connections (only servers)
    Proto Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address           Foreign Address         State       PID/Program name
    tcp        0      0 *               LISTEN      680/systemd-resolve
    tcp        0      0    *               LISTEN      866/sshd
    tcp6       0      0 :::22                   :::*                    LISTEN      866/sshd
    udp        0      0 *                           680/systemd-resolve

    Here, this is the output from that command. I’m unsure what you mean by “run the scan locally”?

    Disclaimer: I have full permission to scan the network that I am (trying to) with Nmap.