Brian Yeh Brian Yeh - 5 months ago 26x
Javascript Question

Node.js app can't run on port 80 even though there's no other process blocking the port

I'm running an instance of Debian on Amazon EC2 with Node.js installed. If I run the code below:

http = require('http');

http.createServer(function (request, response){
response.writeHead(200, {'Content-Type':'text/plain'});
response.end('Hello World\n');
console.log("Running server at port 80");

I get the output below which tells me there's another process listening at port 80:

Running server at port 80

throw er; // Unhandled 'error' event
Error: listen EACCES
at errnoException (net.js:901:11)
at Server._listen2 (net.js:1020:19)
at listen (net.js:1061:10)
at Server.listen (net.js:1127:5)
at Object.<anonymous> (/home/admin/nodetests/nodetest.js:6:4)
at Module._compile (module.js:456:26)
at Object.Module._extensions..js (module.js:474:10)
at Module.load (module.js:356:32)
at Function.Module._load (module.js:312:12)
at Function.Module.runMain (module.js:497:10)

Now when I check to see if there's a process (as root in case anything is hidden) listening on port 80 using:

netstat -tupln

I get the below output, which tells me theres nothing listening at port 80:

Active Internet connections (only servers)
Proto Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address Foreign Address State PID/Program name
tcp 0 0* LISTEN 1667/sshd
tcp6 0 0 :::22 :::* LISTEN 1667/sshd

I should note that the debian has port 80 open as an inbound rule if that makes a difference.

My question is: What am I doing wrong? How come I can't identify the process listening to port 80? Why is it blocked in Debian? What steps should I take to get the code running correctly?


The error code EACCES means you don't have proper permissions to run applications on that port. On Linux systems, any port below 1024 requires root access.