Fix the “Ports are not Available” Error in Docker

You might encounter the error docker: Error response from daemon: Ports are not available: exposing port TCP -> listen tcp bind: Only one usage of each socket address (protocol/network address/port) is normally permitted. when running a Docker command locally. This error means that Docker cannot bind to port 3000 on your host because it’s already in use by another application or service. Docker needs this port to be free to assign it to the container you’re trying to run. To resolve this issue, follow these steps:

1. Find the Process Using Port 3000

First, you need to identify which application is currently using port 3000. You can do this using the following commands, depending on your operating system:

  • On Linux or macOS:

    sudo lsof -i :3000


    sudo netstat -tulnlp | grep :3000
  • On Windows:

    netstat -ano | findstr :3000

2. Stop the Process Using Port 3000

Once you’ve identified the process using port 3000, you can choose to stop it to free up the port. How you stop the process will depend on what the process is. For example, if it’s a web server, you might stop it through its control interface or by terminating the process directly.

  • On Linux or macOS, if the process ID (PID) is, for example, 1234, you can stop it using:

    sudo kill 1234

    If the process doesn’t stop, you can force it to stop using:

    sudo kill -9 1234
  • On Windows, if you’ve identified the PID and wish to stop it, you can use:

    taskkill /PID 1234 /F

3. Run Your Docker Container Again

Now that port 3000 is free, try running your Docker container again using the same command that previously resulted in the error.

4. Consider Using a Different Port

If you cannot stop the process using port 3000 or you need it to keep running, consider mapping your Docker container to a different port on your host. You can do this by modifying the port mapping argument in your Docker run command. For example, to use port 3001 instead, you might use:

docker run -p 3001:3000 your_image_name

This command tells Docker to map port 3000 inside the container to port 3001 on your host, effectively bypassing the conflict on port 3000.