A registered port is a network port designated for use with a certain protocol or application.
Registered port numbers are currently assigned by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) and were assigned by Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) before March 21, 2001, and were assigned by the Information Sciences Institute (USC/ISI) before 1998.
Ports with numbers 0–1023 are called system or well-known ports; ports with numbers 1024-49151 are called user or registered ports, and ports with numbers 49152-65535 are called dynamic, private or ephemeral ports. Both system and user ports are used by transport protocols (TCP, UDP, DCCP, SCTP) to identify an application or service.
- Contract Between ICANN and the United States Government for Performance of the IANA Function, 21 March 2001, archived from the original on 2008-12-26
- Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Procedures for the Management of the Service Name and Transport Protocol Port Number Registry. August 2011. sec. 6. doi:10.17487/RFC6335. RFC 6335.