There a couple of ways to find out.

1) Using telnet to find if port is open on a remote/localhost using the command as:

telnet hostname portnumber

If a port is open then there would be some output on the terminal other wise it would say connection refused or something similar message.

mvohra@livrona:~$ telnet 2201
Connected to localhost.
Escape character is '^]'.

2) Using netstat to find out if the port is open.

netstat -na | grep portnumber

mvohra@livrona:~$ netstat -na | grep 2201
tcp        0      0  *               LISTEN    

If a process is listening on a port it would show up in the grep with the word LISTEN.<!>