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Inside the system, running on virtual machine, I can access the running server at 127.0.0.1:5000.

Although the 'remote' address of the vm is 192.168.56.101 (ping and ssh work fine), I cannot access the server with 192.168.50.101:5000 neither from the virtual machine nor from the local one.

I guess there's something preventing remote connections.

Here's /etc/network/interfaces:

auto eth1
iface eth1 inet static
address 192.168.56.101
netmask 255.255.255.0

ufw is inactive.

How do I fix this problem?

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First of all - make sure that your HTTP server is listening on 192.168.50.101:5000 or everywhere (0.0.0.0:5000) by checking the output of:

netstat -tupln | grep ':5000'

If it isn't, consult Flask's documentation to bind to an address other than localhost.

If it is, allow the traffic using iptables:

iptables -I INPUT -p tcp --dport 5000 -j ACCEPT

From Flask's documentation:

Externally Visible Server If you run the server you will notice that the server is only accessible from your own computer, not from any other in the network. This is the default because in debugging mode a user of the application can execute arbitrary Python code on your computer.

If you have debug disabled or trust the users on your network, you can make the server publicly available simply by changing the call of the run() method to look like this:

app.run(host='0.0.0.0')

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1) the output is 127.0.0.1:5000 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN. This means the server doesnot listen to addresses other tha localhosts? 2) I tried ufw allow 5000, no result –  Ilya Smagin Dec 1 '12 at 22:14
    
This is why I suggested looking at the Flask's docs to configure it to listen on all addresses. Have you looked at it? Allowing it through the firewall alone won't fix it. –  Marcin Kaminski Dec 1 '12 at 22:25
    
Yes, thank you, I get it, already looking. Already used localtunnel(I know it's too much, but it works). Just trying to understand what netstat's output "127.0.0.1:5000 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN" means. –  Ilya Smagin Dec 1 '12 at 22:30
    
You don't need localtunnel :) What the netstat output shows you is that your HTTP server is only accepting connections from your local machine. It looks like you need to change SERVER_NAME variable in Flask's configuration. –  Marcin Kaminski Dec 1 '12 at 22:35
    
Updated my answer - this should help. –  Marcin Kaminski Dec 1 '12 at 22:37

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