How do I ping a specific port on a remote server?

Question:

How do I ping a specific port of a remote server? I need to find out whether the port on the remote server is open.

Answer:

ping utility does not allow you to ping specific port on you remote server. To see whether a specific port is open on a remote server you can use port-scanner such as nmap or simply try connect to a socket ( IP-address:port ) using telnet. In the example below we test whether a port number of TCP port 80 is open a host google.com:

# nmap -p 80 -sT google.com
or
# nmap -p 80 google.com

To test a UDP port 80 use:

# nmap -p 80 -sU google.com

other way to test whether a specific port is open on a remote server is to use telnet command. Below we test whether a port 443 on host google.com is open:

# telnet google.com 443
Trying 74.125.237.19...
Connected to google.com.
Escape character is '^]'.

The output above shows that port 433 is opened on host google.com.

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