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The fuser command on Mac OS X is rather primitive and can't check for processes listening on a specific port. Does anybody know a good alternative? It it enough to know which process listening on that one port.

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Try sudo lsof -i -P – vcsjones Dec 23 '10 at 17:02
I was under the impression that lsof` only works when a task actually connects to the port. Besides one would need at least a | grep portno as well to get a meaningful result. – Martin Dec 23 '10 at 18:09

As @vcsjones said in the comments, lsof is the tool for this:

$ sudo lsof -i tcp:80
Safari  804 gordon   16u  IPv4 0x05a2cec8      0t0  TCP> (ESTABLISHED)
httpd   874   root    3u  IPv6 0x05a2a940      0t0  TCP *:http (LISTEN)
httpd   878   _www    3u  IPv6 0x05a2a940      0t0  TCP *:http (LISTEN)

Without the -i, it shows all open files; with just -i it shows network files only; if you specify something after the -i you can restrict by any or all of: IPv4/6, TCP/UDP, hostname or IP, and port number/service name.

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Just in case it's useful for someone like me looking to blindly kill all processes using a given port: lsof -i tcp:5000 | grep LISTEN | awk '{print $2}' | xargs kill kills all processes listening on port 5000 – JeremyKun Jun 28 at 21:02

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