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In this section you will find a summary about the recommended network and firewall settings for Kong.


Kong uses multiple connections for different purposes.

  • proxy
  • management api


The proxy ports is where Kong receives its incoming traffic. There are two ports with the following defaults;

  • 8000 for proxying. This is where Kong listens for HTTP traffic. Be sure to change it to 80 once you go to production. See proxy_listen.
  • 8443 for proxying HTTPS traffic. Be sure to change it to 443 once you go to production. See proxy_listen and the ssl suffix.

These are the only ports that should be made available to your clients.

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Management api

This is the port where Kong exposes its management api. Hence in production this port should be firewalled to protect it from unauthorized access.

  • 8001 provides Kong’s Admin API that you can use to operate Kong. See admin_listen.
  • 8444 provides the same Kong Admin API but using HTTPS. See admin_listen and the ssl suffix.

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Below are the recommended firewall settings:

  • The upstream APIs behind Kong will be available via the proxy_listen interface/port values. Configure these values according to the access level you wish to grant to the upstream APIs.
  • If you are binding the Admin API to a public-facing interface (via admin_listen), then protect it to only allow trusted clients to access the Admin API. See also Securing the Admin API.

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