Alternatives to popular CLI tools: ping

Last Updated on June 4, 2023

This article spotlights alternative tools to ping.

ping command

The software featured here is free and open source. All tools provide a command-line interface (CLI) unless otherwise stated.

Alternatives to ping
pingnooOffers a graphical representation for traceroute and ping output (GUI)
hping3Supports TCP, UDP, ICMP and RAW-IP protocols with traceroute mode
gpingPing but with a graph
GNOME NettoolPerforms ping, netstat, traceroute, port scans, lookup, and whois (GUI)
mtrCombines 'traceroute' and 'ping' programs in a single network tool
pingtopPing multiple servers and show the result in a top like terminal UI
pinguCommand implementation in Go but with colorful output and pingu ascii art
2pingBi-directional ping tool using 3-way pings (akin to TCP SYN, SYN/ACK, ACK)
BWPingMeasures bandwidth and response times between two hosts using ICMP
cnpingMinimal graphical IPv4 Ping / HTTP tool
fpingSend ICMP echo probes to network hosts
SmokePingMeasure, store and display latency, latency distribution and packet loss
tcpingICMP ping but for TCP
alivePeriodic ping
ping3Python3 version of ICMP ping
echopingTesting tool for network protocols
xpingContinuously probe multiple hosts using icmp-echo
ompingTest IPv4/IPv6 multicast connectivity on a LAN
TrippyNetwork diagnostic tool combining the functionality of ping & traceroute
Have we missed any open source alternatives to ping? Please let us know!
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5 months ago

What about Trippy, it’s like traceroute and ping together.