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What is port 8080 used for?

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Port 8080 is an alternative to port 80 and is used primarily for http traffic. It is named 8080 for its correlation to 80.

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Port 8080 is commonly used as proxy and caching port. It is also above the service port range. Port 8080 also can run a Web server as a nonroot user. Other assignments for port 8080 include Apache Tomcat, an M2MLogger and a Web GUI. If port 8080 is used in a Web address, it requires a default port override to be able to connect to port 8080 in place of the typical port 80.

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