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How to find a used TCP port and kill the associated process on your Mac

Published: 2019-01-30 • Lastmod: 2019-09-12

Sometimes the port you need is already used by another process. To find the offending process:

sudo lsof -i tcp:<port>

Now, usually you’d just close out the app that was using the port. But let’s say you’re feeling destructive and you wanna kill the process:

sudo kill <pid>

For fun, the above commands can be combined into this one-liner:

sudo kill $(sudo lsof -i tcp:<port> | tr -s " " | cut -d " " -f 2 | sed -n 2p)

Credits to this stackoverflow post.