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Default Ports

The default ports used for communication with KAgent, Kinetica (and between servers, if operating in a cluster), and various important services follow. The Nodes column will list either Head--that the corresponding port only needs to be opened on the head node, or All--that the corresponding port needs to be opened on the head node & worker nodes.

Important

While the table below lists KAgent and the graph server as being on the head node, these features could be kept on machines entirely separate from Kinetica if desired.

Port Function Nodes Usage
2003 This port must be open to collect the runtime system statistics. All Required Internally
2004 This port must be open to collect the runtime system statistics. All Required Internally
4000+N For installations which have the external text search server enabled and communicating over TCP (rankN.text_index_address = tcp://…), there will be one instance of the text search server listening for each rank on every server in the cluster. Each of these daemons will be listening on a port starting at 4000 on each server and incrementing by one for each additional rank. All Optional Internally
5552 Host Manager status notification channel All Required Internally
5553 Host Manager message publishing channel All Required Internally
6443 The Kubernetes port for installations of AAW where a configuration file is not provided. Expose to access Kubernetes and/or kubectl from an external machine. Head Required Internally, Optional Externally
6555+N Provides distributed processing of communications between the network and different ranks used in Kinetica. There is one port for each rank running on each server, starting on each server at port 6555 and incrementing by one for each additional rank. All Required Internally
7002 This port must be open to collect the runtime system statistics. All Required Internally
8005 The Tomcat shutdown port for the Kinetica Administration Application (GAdmin) user interface. This port should not be exposed publicly. Head Required Internally
8006 The Tomcat shutdown port for the KAgent user interface. This port should not be exposed publicly. Head Required Internally
8007 The Tomcat shutdown port for the AAW user interface. This port should not be exposed publicly. Head Required Internally
8009 The Tomcat AJP connector port for the GAdmin user interface. Head Required Internally
8010 The Tomcat AJP connector port for the KAgent user interface. Head Required Internally
8011 The Tomcat AJP connector port for the AAW user interface. Head Required Internally
8070 The Tomcat listener for the AAW user interface. For installations which have this feature enabled it should be exposed to users. Head Optional Externally
8080 The Tomcat listener for GAdmin user interface Head Optional Externally
8081 The Tomcat listener for the KAgent user interface Head Optional Externally
8082 In installations where users need to be authenticated to access the database, a preconfigured HTTPd instance listens on this port, which will authenticate incoming HTTP requests before passing them along to Kinetica. When authorization is required, all requests to Kinetica should be sent here, rather than the standard 9191+ ports. All Optional Externally
8088 This is the port on which Kinetica Reveal is exposed. For installations which have this feature enabled, it should be exposed to users. Head Optional Externally
8099 This is the port used for pushing data to the graph server (if enabled) Head Required Internally
8100 This is the port used for pulling data from the graph server (if enabled) Head Required Internally
8181 This is the port used to host the system and process stats server Head Optional Externally
9001 Database trigger ZMQ publishing server port. Users of database triggers will need the ability to connect to this port to receive data generated via the trigger. Head Optional Externally
9002 Table monitor publishing server port. Users of database table monitors will need the ability to connect to this port to receive data generated via the table monitor. Head Optional Externally
9187 The primary port used for communications with AAW. This port should be exposed for any system using the AAW API without authorization. All Required Internally, Optional Externally
9191+N The primary port(s) used for public and internal Kinetica communications. There is one port for each rank running on each server, starting on each server at port 9191 and incrementing by one for each additional rank. These should be exposed for any system using the Kinetica APIs without authorization and must be exposed between all servers in the cluster. For installations where users should be authenticated, these ports should NOT be exposed publicly, but still should be exposed between servers within the cluster. All Required Internally, Optional Externally
9300 Port used to query Host Manager for status All Required Internally

Port Usage Scenarios

Kinetica highly encourages that proper firewalls be maintained and used to protect the database and the network at large. A full tutorial on how to properly set up a firewall is beyond the scope of this document, but the following are some best practices and starting points for more research.

All machines connected to the Internet at large should be protected from intrusion. As shown in the list above, there are no ports which are necessarily required to be accessible from outside of a trusted network, so we recommend only opening ports to the Internet and/or untrusted network(s) which are truly needed based on requirements.

There are some common scenarios which can act as guidelines on which ports should be available.

Connection to the Internet

If Kinetica is running on a server where it will be accessible to the Internet at large, it is our strong suggestion that security and authentication be used and ports 9191+N and 8080 are NOT exposed to the public, if possible. Those ports can potentially allow users to run commands anonymously and unless security is configured to prevent it, any users connecting to them will have full control of the database.

Dependence on Kinetica via the API

For applications in which requests are being made to Kinetica via client APIs that do not use authentication, the 9191+N ports should be made available to the relevant set of servers. For applications using authentication via the bundled version of httpd, port 8082 should be opened. It is possible to have both ports open at the same time in cases where anonymous access is permitted, however the security settings should be carefully set in this case to ensure that anonymous users have the appropriate access limitations.

Additionally, if the API client is using table monitors or triggers, ports 9001 and/or 9002 should also be opened as needed.

Reveal

In cases where the GUI interface to Reveal is required, the 8088 port should be made available.

Administration

System administrators may wish to have access to the administrative web interface, in which case port 8080 should be opened, but carefully controlled.

AAW

If the AAW package has been installed and access to the user interface is required, the 8070 port should be made available. If requests are being made to AAW via the API that do not use authentication, the 9187 port should be made available.