Is it possible to redirect connections to a specific IP/port to an external IP/port?


  • Server A has the external IP xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx
  • Server B has the external IP yyy.yyy.yyy.yyy
  • User sends a request to server A on port 2106, I want to redirect it to server B at port 2106.
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    Could you elaborate? Is machine "A" a multihomed gateway? If yes, iptables could probably be used. Example: iptables -A PREROUTING -t nat -i eth1 -p tcp --dport 2106 -j DNAT --to y.y.y.y:2106 iptables -A INPUT -p tcp -m state --state NEW --dport 2106 -i eth1 -j ACCEPT – bumbling fool Mar 1 '11 at 22:06
  • @bumbling fool thanks I had already solved it and posted below what I did. – Prix Mar 2 '11 at 1:18

Problem solved:

sysctl net.ipv4.ip_forward=1
iptables -t nat -A PREROUTING -p tcp --dport port -j DNAT --to-destination ip:port
iptables -t nat -A POSTROUTING -j MASQUERADE

Where ip and port are the target server I want to redirect the current server port to.

  • This does not work for me. Specifically, that last line causes all traffic from my machine to itself to appear to come from outside, and similar problems. – singpolyma Feb 24 '15 at 22:40
  • @Prix wouldn't that redirect all traffic to a specified port (2106) to yyy.yyy.yyy.yyy:port? What if I'd like to redirect traffic that goes only to xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:port? – Jezor Jan 28 '17 at 18:17

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