I would like to find from a Java program if a particular port of the machine on which the program runs is free. I DO NOT want to bind to that port. I just want to identify if the port is free.
You can try a "brute force" method listed at http://www.javafaq.nu/java-example-code-637.html
Essentially it just loops through all the port numbers and executes the following code:
Socket theSocket = new Socket(host, i);
System.out.println("There is a server on port " + i + " of " + host);
I think technically you are not binding the port numbers this way since you close the socket as soon as you create it.
Hope this makes sense.
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