javascript – How to fix Error: listen EADDRINUSE while using NodeJS?

javascript – How to fix Error: listen EADDRINUSE while using NodeJS?

What really helped for me was:

killall -9 node

But this will kill a system process.


ps ax

you can check if it worked.

EADDRINUSE means that the port number which listen() tries to bind the server to is already in use.

So, in your case, there must be running a server on port 80 already.

If you have another webserver running on this port you have to put node.js behind that server and proxy it through it.

You should check for the listening event like this, to see if the server is really listening:

var http=require(http);

var server=http.createServer(function(req,res){

    console.log(ok, server is running);


javascript – How to fix Error: listen EADDRINUSE while using NodeJS?

The aforementioned killall -9 node, suggested by Patrick works as expected and solves the problem but you may want to read the edit part of this very answer about why kill -9 may not be the best way to do it.

On top of that you might want to target a single process rather than blindly killing all active processes.

In that case, first get the process ID (PID) of the process running on that port (say 8888):

lsof -i tcp:8888

This will return something like:

node     57385   You   11u  IPv6 0xac745b2749fd2be3      0t0  TCP *:ddi-tcp-1 (LISTEN)

Then just do (ps – actually do not. Please keep reading below):

kill -9 57385

You can read a bit more about this here.

EDIT: I was reading on a fairly related topic today and stumbled upon this interesting thread on why should i not kill -9 a process.

Generally, you should use kill -15 before kill -9 to give the target process a chance to clean up after itself. (Processes cant catch or ignore SIGKILL, but they can and often do catch SIGTERM.) If you dont give the process a chance to finish what its doing and clean up, it may leave corrupted files (or other state) around that it wont be able to understand once restarted.

So, as stated you should better kill the above process with:

kill -15 57385

EDIT 2: As noted in a comment around here many times this error is a consequence of not exiting a process gracefully. That means, a lot of people exit a node command (or any other) using CTRL+Z. The correct way of stopping a running process is issuing the CTRL+C command which performs a clean exit.

Exiting a process the right way will free up that port while shutting down. This will allow you to restart the process without going through the trouble of killing it yourself before being able to re-run it again.

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