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Utility to ping multiple hosts at once

fping is a ping-like program which uses the Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) echo request to determine if a target host is responding.

fping is different from ping in that you can specify any number of hosts on the command line, or specify a file containing the lists of hosts to ping. Instead of trying one host until it timeouts or replies, fping will send out a ping packet and move on to the next host in a round-robin fashion.

If a host replies, it is noted and removed from the list of hosts to check. If a host does not respond within a certain time limit and/or retry limit it will be considered unreachable.

Package version:3.1


fping 3 README
fping is a program to send ICMP echo probes to network hosts, similar to ping,
but much better performing when pinging multiple hosts. fping has a long long
story: Roland Schemers did publish a first version of it in 1992 and it has
established itself since then as a standard tool.

Current maintainer:
   David Schweikert <>



fping(8)                                                    fping(8)

       fping - send ICMP ECHO_REQUEST packets to network hosts

       fping [ options ] [ systems... ]

       fping  is a program like ping(8) which uses the Internet Con‐
       trol Message Protocol (ICMP) echo request to determine  if  a
       target  host  is responding.  fping differs from 


David Schweikert <>
- Revision v3.1
  * -g option (generate): exclude network and broadcast address for cidr
    ranges (idea by Eric Brander)
  * do not explicitely check if running as root, to make it possible to
    install fping with linux capabilities instead of making it setuid
    (setcap cap_net_raw+ep fping)
  * ANSI C (C89) compiler now a requirement
  * Por


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 * provided that the above co

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