nmap UDP Port Scan Example

By | 2012/06/13

By default nmap performs a TCP scan only. I’ll show you how to scan for UDP ports with nmap!

The syntax is

$ sudo nmap -sU -p port target


$ sudo nmap -sU -p 3478

Starting Nmap 6.00 ( http://nmap.org ) at 2012-06-13 20:43 EDT
Nmap scan report for example.com (
Host is up (0.096s latency).
3478/udp open|filtered unknown

Nmap done: 1 IP address (1 host up) scanned in 1.17 seconds

Note that UDP scanning is problematic because of the lack of a confirming SYN-ACK or other packet as with TCP. As such, many false positives can occur from UDP port scans.