I redirected traffic for port 80 to 8080 on my machine with

sudo iptables -A PREROUTING -t nat -p tcp --dport 80 -j REDIRECT --to-ports 8080

It works fine for all the world except my own machine. I am a developer and I need to redirect port 80 to 8080 for myself.

My IP is

My web server runs on port 8080

I wish to open website from instead of from same machine where server runs.

  • Excuse me for the abberation, but what is the purpose of forwarding port 80 to 8080? – ma11hew28 Nov 10 '14 at 5:10
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    @mattdipasquale, normal users can't access port 80 so you couldn't run a web service like python flask as a normal user. – Christian Mar 29 '16 at 10:14
  • Why don't you just bind the web server to port 80? – David Foerster May 23 '16 at 13:01
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    i'd guess its because non-root user cannot bind to ports 80/443 and he doesnt want to run his web service as root.. – Pavel K. Oct 11 '16 at 10:35

You need to use the OUTPUT chain as the packets meant for the loopback interface do not pass via the PREROUTING chain. The following should work; run as root:

iptables -t nat -A OUTPUT -o lo -p tcp --dport 80 -j REDIRECT --to-port 8080
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    Does port 80 required to be gloabally accesible? I tried your solution, my port number 8080 is accessible but 80 is not hence it did not worked. @heemayl – alper Jul 28 '17 at 23:39
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    This did not work, not sure why this is voted up – diyoda_ Mar 5 '18 at 22:11
  • @Diyoda_ Please define did not work. – heemayl Mar 29 '18 at 9:44
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    I can confirm that this doesn't work on ubuntu 18.04 – Ahmed Hamdy Jun 24 '18 at 11:23
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    Didn't work for me on Ubuntu 18.10 – Christopher Bradshaw Jan 16 '19 at 19:15

Simple just use iptables allowing both port 80 and 8080 then redirect 80 to 8080 make sure you are assigning to the correct nic.. in example I use eth0

iptables -A INPUT -i eth0 -p tcp --dport 80 -j ACCEPT
iptables -A INPUT -i eth0 -p tcp --dport 8080 -j ACCEPT
iptables -A PREROUTING -t nat -i eth0 -p tcp --dport 80 -j REDIRECT --to-port 8080
  • Thanks! It's working on Ubuntu 19 – Vladimir Ishenko Aug 24 '19 at 1:06
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    After would be nice to save iptable changes sudo apt-get install iptables-persistent – Vladimir Ishenko Aug 24 '19 at 1:08

This worked for me.

$ sudo iptables -A PREROUTING -t nat -i eth0 -p tcp --dport 80 -j REDIRECT --to-port 8080
  • +1 works for me on Ubuntu 18.04 (at least for TCP), did port 7000->7001 and servers listening on port 7001 received incoming connections from port 7000 :) – hanshenrik Oct 5 '19 at 15:22
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    make sure to use the correct network interface tho, it isn't called eth0 on all systems – hanshenrik Oct 5 '19 at 15:22

Instead of the iptables, You could try: sudo ssh -gL 80: localhost

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    That is an option but it is not exactly what I want because I already have web server on port 80. I will prefer to do it with iptables and keep web server on port 80 running. I guess I just have to apply rule to different step instead of PREROUTING – Max Apr 8 '14 at 10:45
  • Yes - this will cause a port conflict if you have something listening that you are port forwarding to as Max suggested. The above answer is the more general case. – cgseller Nov 15 '16 at 20:24
  • I get a "Connection refused" when attempting this solution. – mitchus Oct 21 '19 at 15:42

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