Why would port 80 come up closed from a digitalocean VPS but not from the web?

If I am on a computer at home, I can go to And if from a windows or linux computer at home I do

C:\blah>nmap -p80    


$nmap -p80

Then it shows as open

And I can do wget

However, if I try from a DigitalOcean VPS

It doesn’t work

> root@ubuntu-s-1vcpu-1gb-lon1-01:~# wget 
> --2022-09-12 05:03:03--
> Connecting to ^C
> root@ubuntu-s-1vcpu-1gb-lon1-01:~# nmap -p80 
> Starting Nmap 7.80 ( ) at 2022-09-12 05:03 UTC
> Nmap scan report for
> Host is up (0.14s latency).
> 80/tcp filtered http
> Nmap done: 1 IP address (1 host up) scanned in 1.77 seconds
> root@ubuntu-s-1vcpu-1gb-lon1-01:~# 
> `


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Sorry, turned out that from my home computer I could access it, but everybody else couldn’t. I had a firewall rule on the VPS that only my IP could access port 80.

I was checking the firewall before but I was only checking the firewall on the VPS I was checking from! I should have checked the firewall on the server itself!

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September 12, 2022

Hello @userdo

You can also double-check if there are no Firewall rules in place that can cause such behaviour.


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September 12, 2022

Hi @userdo,

Are you sure the port from the DigitalOcean Droplet is not closed and thus not allowing you to reach other ports on different machines?

I see this as the only explanation.

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