12 ss Command Examples to Monitor Network Connections

12 ss Command Examples to Monitor Network Connections

ss command is a tool that is used for displaying network socket related information on a Linux system. The tool displays more detailed information that the netstat command which is used for displaying active socket connections.

In this guide, we delve in and see how the ss command can be used to display varied socket connection information in Linux.

1. Listing all Connections

The basic ss command without any options simply lists all the connections regardless of the state they are in.

$ ss  

2. Listing Listening and Non-listening Ports

You can retrieve a list of both listening and non-listening ports using the -a option as shown below.

$ ss -a  

3. Listing Listening Sockets

To display listening sockets only, use the -l flag as shown.

$ ss -l  

4. List all TCP Connections

To display all TCP connection, use the -t option as shown.

$ ss -t  

5. List all Listening TCP Connections

To have a view of all the listening TCP socket connection use the -lt combination as shown.

$ ss -lt  

6. List all UDP Connections

To view all the UDP socket connections use the -ua option as shown.

$ ss -ua  

7. List all Listening UDP Connections

To list listening UDP connections use the -lu option.

$ ss -lu  

8. Display PID (Process IDs) of Sockets

To display the Process IDs related to socket connections, use the -p flag as shown.

$ ss -p  

9. Display Summary Statistics

To list the summary statistics, use the -s option.

$ ss -s  

10. Display IPv4 and IPv6 Socket Connections

If you are curious about the IPv4 socket connections use the -4 option.

$ ss -4  

To display IPv6 connections, use the -6 option.

$ ss -6  

11. Filter Connections by Port Number

ss command also lets you filter socket port number or address number. For example, to display all socket connections with a destination or source port of ssh run the command.

$ ss -at '( dport = :22 or sport = :22 )'  

Alternatively, you can run the command.

$ ss -at '( dport = :ssh or sport = :ssh )'  

12. Check Man Pages for ss Command

To get more insights into the ss command usage, check the man pages using the command.

$ man ss  
Find ss Command Usage and Options

Find ss Command Usage and Options

Those are some of the commonly used options that are used with ss command. The command is considered more superior to netstat command and provide detailed information about network connections.