Asked by: Roseanne Rheder
asked in category: General Last Updated: 7th May, 2020

What is the difference between port 80 and 8080?

Port 80 is the default port. It's what gets used when no port is specified. 8080 is Tomcat's default port so as not to interfere with any other web server that may be running. If you are going to run Tomcat as your web server, the port can be changed to 80 so that visitors do not need to specify it.

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Regarding this, what is the port 8080?

Port 8080 is commonly used as proxy and caching port. It is also above the service port range. Port 8080 also can run a Web server as a nonroot user. Other assignments for port 8080 include Apache Tomcat, an M2MLogger and a Web GUI.

One may also ask, what port can I use instead of 80? Since port 80 is not an option, you need to find an alternative port. There is no official HTTP alternative port. When port 80 is used for one address/webserver, it's fairly common to use port 8080 or 8000 for another site on the same address/webserver.

Simply so, should I use port 80?

You could theoretically use any ports that are not already in use or blocked by a firewall (higher port 1024 is usually pretty safe; higher than port 10000 is almost certainly safe). Port 80 is the default for unencrypted HTTP traffic, while port 443 is the default for encrypted HTTPS traffic.

Is it safe to open port 8080?

8080 is not secure. In TCP/IP security is a layer that has to be added. In simple terms you have to enable SSL to make 8080 secure. Once you add SSL then all ports become secure i.e. even ftp, smtp, http, etc.

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