I'm not the most knowledgeable guy ever with networking, but here goes...

I've created an application with NodeJS and I'd like to test the application on my LAN with my family. The application listens on port 1337 for connections and I can access the application fine through my own PC by typing localhost:1337, or even http://joel-pc:1337/ into my browser's address bar.

I will be also be running apache alongside NodeJS, and I can access this fine by typing or http://joel-pc/ into a browser's address bar as long as it's connected to the same network.

Now here's the weird part; If I stop the apache service, change my node application to listen on port 80 (http) insted of 1337, it will be accessible on my pc by typing localhost, or even http://joel-pc into my browser's address bar. However, I still can't access NodeJS on any other PC on my network apart from my own.

I've tried creating an outbound rule within Windows 7 to allow access to port 1337, but I still can't get access to my NodeJS server on any other PC than my own, even if it's listening on port 80. Is there something obvious I'm missing out on here?

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    What if, as a test only, you turn off your firewall? – cheesemacfly Apr 11 '13 at 18:17
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    If I turn off my firewall I can access node perfectly, thank you :) But surely there must be a safer way of doing things? – Joel Murphy Apr 11 '13 at 18:26
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    I've put it back on now, don't worry :) Should I post on there too? Or is there a way of moving my question over? thank you – Joel Murphy Apr 11 '13 at 18:39
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    Cheers. I flagged it too because I read in another thread that it needs to be flagged by 3 users before any action is taken by a moderator – Joel Murphy Apr 11 '13 at 19:01
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    The flag I raised has been deemed helpful, so not sure how long it can take! – cheesemacfly Apr 12 '13 at 14:26

Most likely your node application is binding to the loopback IP address instead of the "all IPs" since this is the default behavior of listen. Specify both port and IP in your call like server.listen(80, ''); and try again.

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    If I do this, I still can't access Node on any other device on my LAN. My code looks something like this:var io = require('socket.io'); var express = require("express"); var app = express(); var server = require('http').createServer(app) io = io.listen('80', ''); – Joel Murphy Apr 11 '13 at 18:27
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    This worked in my case. On some wireless networks localhost works as a string, but in others you have to type it as – Raul Rene Jun 30 '14 at 12:17

Get you current local network IP and, run http server like this:

server.listen(80, 'current_local_ip');
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    this works for me. – psulek Jul 28 '15 at 10:29

First, you need to add C:\Program Files (x86)\node to the list of trusted applications in your firewall.

Then, in your node app, you can write:

listen(3333, '', function() {


listen(3333, '', function() {


listen(3333, function() {


listen(80, '', function() {


listen(80, '', function() {


listen(80, function() {

Each one of these 6 combinations work in my case: node.js on Windows Server 2016, protected by a company proxy.


I found a good solution for this problem. Rather than doing all the configurations (Setting firewall, forwarding port etc) I used localtunnel which is an utility for exposing local node server over Internet. You can use it for development,testing,sharing purpose, just don't use it for production.

First you have to install localtunnel as follows:

$npm install -g localtunnel

After that configure your node app such that your node server should be running on localhost. For ex:

server.listen(3000, function () {
console.log('Listening to port:  ' + port);

Note down your_port which in my case was 3000, and start your node server.

Open another terminal and type following command for running localtunnel.

$lt --port 3000

After this , in terminal you will get an URL which you can use it for development/testing purpose. This URL will be available on Internet so you can share it with others too. As long as your localtunnel is running, others can access your local node server.

For more configuration options/help you can go through documentation: https://www.npmjs.com/package/localtunnel


Doing following worked for me on a windows PC. Try this : open

Control Panel\System and Security\Windows Defender Firewall\Allowed apps

Next look for node.js in the list and click change settings > Make sure private access is checked and then click ok.

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