Nmap Scan

The most basic type of scan is done with the command-line interface (CLI) command nmap with just a target specified. The target is the IP address or domain name being scanned. It should be a domain the user owns or one the user has written permission to scan.


nmap target

Where target is the IP address or domain name being scanned. The command by itself scans 1,000 TCP ports on the target host.

Nmap divides ports into one of six states:

  • open: The port is open and actively accepting connections.
  • closed: The port is accessible, but no application is accepting connections through it.
  • filtered: Nmap can’t tell if the port is open because a firewall or other packet filtering is preventing access.
  • unfiltered: The port is accessible, but Nmap cannot determine if the port is open or closed.
  • open|filtered: Nmap cannot tell if a port is open or filtered.
  • closed|filtered: Nmap cannot tell if a port is closed or filtered.


nmap scanme.nmap.org

Note: scanme.nmap.org is a domain set up explicitly for people to test Nmap with.

The output of this command looks like this:

Starting Nmap 7.93 ( https://nmap.org ) at 2022-10-25 12:22 Eastern Daylight Time
Nmap scan report for scanme.nmap.org (
Host is up (0.086s latency).
Other addresses for scanme.nmap.org (not scanned): 2600:3c01::f03c:91ff:fe18:bb2f
Not shown: 992 closed tcp ports (reset)
22/tcp open ssh
25/tcp filtered smtp
80/tcp open http
135/tcp filtered msrpc
139/tcp filtered netbios-ssn
445/tcp filtered microsoft-ds
9929/tcp open nping-echo
31337/tcp open Elite
Nmap done: 1 IP address (1 host up) scanned in 18.26 seconds


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