Trying to find an available port for starting a server

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I'm looking to start a server that listens to a port. I can easily specify port explicitly and it's working. But I'm looking find a port in an automatic way. What port numbers should I search for? (I've used 12345, 12346 and 12347) How can I see if a port is actually being used by another software?

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You can use any port you want, as long as the OS or another service is not using it. In Windows, you can run netstat -an|more at the command prompt to see which ports are currently in use.

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