By default, on Plesk instances deployed from Amazon Lightsail images, Plesk interface and a number of Plesk services (for example, FTP, mail, and databases) cannot be accessed. This is because the ports required for them to operate are blocked by the Amazon Lightsail Firewall. To access Plesk and use these services, you need to manually allow connections to specific ports or port ranges.

By default, on Plesk instances on Amazon Lightsail all outgoing connections are allowed, and all incoming connections are blocked. Exceptions are made for connections to ports listed in the table below.

Service name Ports used by the service
SSH (secure shell) server TCP 22
Web server TCP 80, TCP 443

Access to Plesk interface and Plesk services using ports not listed in the table above is blocked. To allow access to Plesk interface and one or more blocked Plesk services, you need to open the corresponding ports in the Amazon Lightsail Firewall.

To allow access to a Plesk service on an Amazon Lightsail instance:

  1. Go to Amazon Lightsail Home.

  2. Under “INSTANCES”, click the name of the desired instance, and then go to the “Networking” tab.

  3. Under “Firewall”, click +Add another and specify the following settings:

    • “Application”. Keep the default “Custom” value.

    • “Protocol”. Select the required protocol (TCP or UDP) from the drop-down list.

    • “Port range”. Specify the port or port range corresponding to the Plesk service you want to allow access to.

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  4. Click Save.

To access Plesk for the first time, you need to allow access to the services listed in the table below.

Service name Ports used by the service
Administrative interface of Plesk over HTTPS TCP 8443
Plesk Installer, Plesk upgrades and updates TCP 8447
Domain name server UDP 53, TCP 53

The following table shows the list of ports different Plesk services require to operate. For security reasons, we recommend that you allow access only to services you want to use. Keep the ports corresponding to the services you do not want to use closed. For example, if you want to use mail, open all ports listed in the “Mail” section.

Service group Service name Ports used by service Comments
FTP Active FTP TCP 20-21  
  Implicit FTPS TCP 990  
  Passive FTP TCP 49152-65535  
Mail SMTP server TCP 25, TCP 465 Mail sending
  POP3 server TCP 110, TCP 995 Mail retrieval
  IMAP server TCP 143, TCP 993 Mail retrieval
  Email messages submission TCP 587  
Database MySQL server TCP 3306  
  PostgreSQL server TCP 5432  
Miscellaneous Administrative interface of Plesk over HTTP TCP 8880  
  VPN service UDP 1194  

For the list of ports you need to open to allow migrating customers and domains to or from your instance, read Migration Prerequisites.