PING(8)                              iputils                             PING(8)

       ping - send ICMP ECHO_REQUEST to network hosts

       ping [-aAbBdDfhLnOqrRUvV46] [-c count] [-F flowlabel] [-i interval]
            [-I interface] [-l preload] [-m mark] [-M pmtudisc_option]
            [-N nodeinfo_option] [-w deadline] [-W timeout] [-p pattern]
            [-Q tos] [-s packetsize] [-S sndbuf] [-t ttl] [-T timestamp option]
            [hop...] {destination}

       ping uses the ICMP protocol's mandatory ECHO_REQUEST datagram to elicit
       an ICMP ECHO_RESPONSE from a host or gateway. ECHO_REQUEST datagrams
       (“pings”) have an IP and ICMP header, followed by a struct timeval and
       then an arbitrary number of “pad” bytes used to fill out the packet.

       ping works with both IPv4 and IPv6. Using only one of them explicitly can
       be enforced by specifying -4 or -6.

       ping can also send IPv6 Node Information Queries (RFC4620). Intermediate
       hops may not be allowed, because IPv6 source routing was deprecated

           Use IPv4 only.

           Use IPv6 only.

           Audible ping.

           Adaptive ping. Interpacket interval adapts to round-trip time, so
           that effectively not more than one (or more, if preload is set)
           unanswered probe is present in the network. Minimal interval is
           200msec unless super-user. On networks with low RTT this mode is
           essentially equivalent to flood mode.

           Allow pinging a broadcast address.

           Do not allow ping to change source address of probes. The address is
           bound to one selected when ping starts.

       -c count
           Stop after sending count ECHO_REQUEST packets. With deadline option,
           ping waits for count ECHO_REPLY packets, until the timeout expires.

           Set the SO_DEBUG option on the socket being used. Essentially, this
           socket option is not used by Linux kernel.

           Print timestamp (unix time + microseconds as in gettimeofday) before
           each line.

           Flood ping. For every ECHO_REQUEST sent a period “.” is printed,
           while for every ECHO_REPLY received a backspace is printed. This
           provides a rapid display of how many packets are being dropped. If
           interval is not given, it sets interval to zero and outputs packets
           as fast as they come back or one hundred times per second, whichever
           is more. Only the super-user may use this option with zero interval.

       -F flow label
           IPv6 only. Allocate and set 20 bit flow label (in hex) on echo
           request packets. If value is zero, kernel allocates random flow

           Show help.

       -i interval
           Wait interval seconds between sending each packet. Real number
           allowed with dot as a decimal separator (regardless locale setup).
           The default is to wait for one second between each packet normally,
           or not to wait in flood mode. Only super-user may set interval to
           values less than 0.2 seconds.

       -I interface
           interface is either an address, an interface name or a VRF name. If
           interface is an address, it sets source address to specified
           interface address. If interface is an interface name, it sets source
           interface to specified interface. If interface is a VRF name, each
           packet is routed using the corresponding routing table; in this case,
           the -I option can be repeated to specify a source address. NOTE: For
           IPv6, when doing ping to a link-local scope address, link
           specification (by the '%'-notation in destination, or by this option)
           can be used but it is no longer required.

       -l preload
           If preload is specified, ping sends that many packets not waiting for
           reply. Only the super-user may select preload more than 3.

           Suppress loopback of multicast packets. This flag only applies if the
           ping destination is a multicast address.

       -m mark
           use mark to tag the packets going out. This is useful for variety of
           reasons within the kernel such as using policy routing to select
           specific outbound processing.

       -M pmtudisc_opt
           Select Path MTU Discovery strategy.  pmtudisc_option may be either do
           (prohibit fragmentation, even local one), want (do PMTU discovery,
           fragment locally when packet size is large), or dont (do not set DF

       -N nodeinfo_option
           IPv6 only. Send ICMPv6 Node Information Queries (RFC4620), instead of
           Echo Request. CAP_NET_RAW capability is required.

               Show help for NI support.

               Queries for Node Names.

               Queries for IPv6 Addresses. There are several IPv6 specific

                   Request IPv6 global-scope addresses.

                   Request IPv6 site-local addresses.

                   Request IPv6 link-local addresses.

                   Request IPv6 addresses on other interfaces.

               Queries for IPv4 Addresses. There is one IPv4 specific flag.

                   Request IPv4 addresses on other interfaces.

               IPv6 subject address.

               IPv4 subject address.

               Subject name. If it contains more than one dot, fully-qualified
               domain name is assumed.

               Subject name. Fully-qualified domain name is always assumed.

           Numeric output only. No attempt will be made to lookup symbolic names
           for host addresses.

           Report outstanding ICMP ECHO reply before sending next packet. This
           is useful together with the timestamp -D to log output to a
           diagnostic file and search for missing answers.

       -p pattern
           You may specify up to 16 “pad” bytes to fill out the packet you send.
           This is useful for diagnosing data-dependent problems in a network.
           For example, -p ff will cause the sent packet to be filled with all

           Quiet output. Nothing is displayed except the summary lines at
           startup time and when finished.

       -Q tos
           Set Quality of Service -related bits in ICMP datagrams.  tos can be
           decimal (ping only) or hex number.

           In RFC2474, these fields are interpreted as 8-bit Differentiated
           Services (DS), consisting of: bits 0-1 (2 lowest bits) of separate
           data, and bits 2-7 (highest 6 bits) of Differentiated Services
           Codepoint (DSCP). In RFC2481 and RFC3168, bits 0-1 are used for ECN.

           Historically (RFC1349, obsoleted by RFC2474), these were interpreted
           as: bit 0 (lowest bit) for reserved (currently being redefined as
           congestion control), 1-4 for Type of Service and bits 5-7 (highest
           bits) for Precedence.

           Bypass the normal routing tables and send directly to a host on an
           attached interface. If the host is not on a directly-attached
           network, an error is returned. This option can be used to ping a
           local host through an interface that has no route through it provided
           the option -I is also used.

           ping only. Record route. Includes the RECORD_ROUTE option in the
           ECHO_REQUEST packet and displays the route buffer on returned
           packets. Note that the IP header is only large enough for nine such
           routes. Many hosts ignore or discard this option.

       -s packetsize
           Specifies the number of data bytes to be sent. The default is 56,
           which translates into 64 ICMP data bytes when combined with the 8
           bytes of ICMP header data.

       -S sndbuf
           Set socket sndbuf. If not specified, it is selected to buffer not
           more than one packet.

       -t ttl
           ping only. Set the IP Time to Live.

       -T timestamp option
           Set special IP timestamp options.  timestamp option may be either
           tsonly (only timestamps), tsandaddr (timestamps and addresses) or
           tsprespec host1 [host2 [host3 [host4]]] (timestamp prespecified

           Print full user-to-user latency (the old behaviour). Normally ping
           prints network round trip time, which can be different f.e. due to
           DNS failures.

           Verbose output. Do not suppress DUP replies when pinging multicast

           Show version and exit.

       -w deadline
           Specify a timeout, in seconds, before ping exits regardless of how
           many packets have been sent or received. In this case ping does not
           stop after count packet are sent, it waits either for deadline expire
           or until count probes are answered or for some error notification
           from network.

       -W timeout
           Time to wait for a response, in seconds. The option affects only
           timeout in absence of any responses, otherwise ping waits for two
           RTTs. Real number allowed with dot as a decimal separator (regardless
           locale setup). 0 means infinite timeout.

       When using ping for fault isolation, it should first be run on the local
       host, to verify that the local network interface is up and running. Then,
       hosts and gateways further and further away should be “pinged”.
       Round-trip times and packet loss statistics are computed. If duplicate
       packets are received, they are not included in the packet loss
       calculation, although the round trip time of these packets is used in
       calculating the minimum/average/maximum/mdev round-trip time numbers.

       Population standard deviation (mdev), essentially an average of how far
       each ping RTT is from the mean RTT. The higher mdev is, the more variable
       the RTT is (over time). With a high RTT variability, you will have speed
       issues with bulk transfers (they will take longer than is strictly
       speaking necessary, as the variability will eventually cause the sender
       to wait for ACKs) and you will have middling to poor VoIP quality.

       When the specified number of packets have been sent (and received) or if
       the program is terminated with a SIGINT, a brief summary is displayed.
       Shorter current statistics can be obtained without termination of process
       with signal SIGQUIT.

       If ping does not receive any reply packets at all it will exit with code
       1. If a packet count and deadline are both specified, and fewer than
       count packets are received by the time the deadline has arrived, it will
       also exit with code 1. On other error it exits with code 2. Otherwise it
       exits with code 0. This makes it possible to use the exit code to see if
       a host is alive or not.

       This program is intended for use in network testing, measurement and
       management. Because of the load it can impose on the network, it is
       unwise to use ping during normal operations or from automated scripts.

       An IP header without options is 20 bytes. An ICMP ECHO_REQUEST packet
       contains an additional 8 bytes worth of ICMP header followed by an
       arbitrary amount of data. When a packetsize is given, this indicates the
       size of this extra piece of data (the default is 56). Thus the amount of
       data received inside of an IP packet of type ICMP ECHO_REPLY will always
       be 8 bytes more than the requested data space (the ICMP header).

       If the data space is at least of size of struct timeval ping uses the
       beginning bytes of this space to include a timestamp which it uses in the
       computation of round trip times. If the data space is shorter, no round
       trip times are given.

       ping will report duplicate and damaged packets. Duplicate packets should
       never occur, and seem to be caused by inappropriate link-level
       retransmissions. Duplicates may occur in many situations and are rarely
       (if ever) a good sign, although the presence of low levels of duplicates
       may not always be cause for alarm.

       Damaged packets are obviously serious cause for alarm and often indicate
       broken hardware somewhere in the ping packet's path (in the network or in
       the hosts).

       The (inter)network layer should never treat packets differently depending
       on the data contained in the data portion. Unfortunately, data-dependent
       problems have been known to sneak into networks and remain undetected for
       long periods of time. In many cases the particular pattern that will have
       problems is something that doesn't have sufficient “transitions”, such as
       all ones or all zeros, or a pattern right at the edge, such as almost all
       zeros. It isn't necessarily enough to specify a data pattern of all zeros
       (for example) on the command line because the pattern that is of interest
       is at the data link level, and the relationship between what you type and
       what the controllers transmit can be complicated.

       This means that if you have a data-dependent problem you will probably
       have to do a lot of testing to find it. If you are lucky, you may manage
       to find a file that either can't be sent across your network or that
       takes much longer to transfer than other similar length files. You can
       then examine this file for repeated patterns that you can test using the
       -p option of ping.

       The TTL value of an IP packet represents the maximum number of IP routers
       that the packet can go through before being thrown away. In current
       practice you can expect each router in the Internet to decrement the TTL
       field by exactly one.

       The TCP/IP specification states that the TTL field for TCP packets should
       be set to 60, but many systems use smaller values (4.3 BSD uses 30, 4.2
       used 15).

       The maximum possible value of this field is 255, and most Unix systems
       set the TTL field of ICMP ECHO_REQUEST packets to 255. This is why you
       will find you can “ping” some hosts, but not reach them with telnet(1) or

       In normal operation ping prints the TTL value from the packet it
       receives. When a remote system receives a ping packet, it can do one of
       three things with the TTL field in its response:

           • Not change it; this is what Berkeley Unix systems did before the
           4.3BSD Tahoe release. In this case the TTL value in the received
           packet will be 255 minus the number of routers in the round-trip

           • Set it to 255; this is what current Berkeley Unix systems do. In
           this case the TTL value in the received packet will be 255 minus the
           number of routers in the path from the remote system to the pinging

           • Set it to some other value. Some machines use the same value for
           ICMP packets that they use for TCP packets, for example either 30 or
           60. Others may use completely wild values.

           • Many Hosts and Gateways ignore the RECORD_ROUTE option.

           • The maximum IP header length is too small for options like
           RECORD_ROUTE to be completely useful. There's not much that can be
           done about this, however.

           • Flood pinging is not recommended in general, and flood pinging the
           broadcast address should only be done under very controlled

       ip(8), ss(8).

       The ping command appeared in 4.3BSD.

       The version described here is its descendant specific to Linux.

       As of version s20150815, the ping6 binary doesn't exist anymore. It has
       been merged into ping. Creating a symlink named ping6 pointing to ping
       will result in the same functionality as before.

       ping requires CAP_NET_RAW capability to be executed 1) if the program is
       used for non-echo queries (See -N option), or 2) if kernel does not
       support non-raw ICMP sockets, or 3) if the user is not allowed to create
       an ICMP echo socket. The program may be used as set-uid root.

       ping is part of iputils package.

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