my linux pc has a udp port listening, however, the application does not seem to receive any packets from this port. Is there any tool that I can use to show the number of packets received on this port?

  • Note that any answers about iptables assume that you have iptables running, which is probably likely, but not guaranteed. Nov 20, 2015 at 19:46

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Use tcpdump. For example, on my machine, the interface I'm looking for the traffic on is eth0, and in this case I'm checking port 123.

jed@myhost:~$ sudo tcpdump -nei eth0 udp port 123

If you don't know what the interfaces on your machine are, you can get them with ifconfig -a or ip link (either might require sudo, depending on your permissions).


You can log them using iptables:

iptables -A INPUT -p udp -j LOG --log-prefix "udp connection: "
  • Thanks. But I get the following result "iptables: No chain/target/match by that name." what is wrong?
    – pepero
    Nov 18, 2015 at 16:54
  • It sounds like iptables is disabled on your server. What distribution are you using?
    – chicks
    Nov 18, 2015 at 19:43
  • it is centos 6. iptables is there. but when i use the command "iptables -A INPUT -j LOG", it will complain: iptables: No chain/target/match by that name." what is special with LOG target?
    – pepero
    Nov 19, 2015 at 10:37

If you just want counters for a particular protocol, then you can create an iptables rule to accept those packets, and it will keep track of how many packets and bytes matched the rule.

If you wanted to match packets on UDP port 44, the iptables command would look like:

iptables -A INPUT -i eth0 -p udp --dport 44 -j ACCEPT

If you want more details about those packets, then as Jed Daniels has said, tcpdump is gonna be your best bet.

tcpdump -nei eth0 udp port 44

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