If you get this error: ‘Port 4200 is already in use. Use ‘–port’ to specify a different port’, you might have left your Angular development environment without closing the node.js webserver’s port.
Here’s how you can close it without having to reboot your computer or change your application’s port.
Step 1: Find the connection’s PID
> netstat -ano | findstr :yourPortNumber
Example with its output:
Then locate the PID (surrounded in red)
Step 2: Kill the process using it’s PID
> tskill yourPID
Step 3: Restart your server
You should be able to run it (using ng serve)
Step 4: Stop your server properly
Don’t forget now to close properly your server by using Ctrl + C and typing Y:
That’s it 🙂