The ping command is one of the most common used commands in the IT field. After taking a walk in Brooklyn New York City I decided to put together some ping command examples to remember.

Basic ping command

The most basic ping command example would be to just ping itprohelper.com:

Ping command example

You can also test your localhost TCP/IP with any of these two ping commands:

# ping localhost
# ping 127.0.0.01

Other important ping command examples

Linux by default sends continuous pings unlike Windows that sends four. One ping command option I was not aware is the -a which sends an audible ‘cue’ with each ping when is a successful one:

# ping -a itprohelper.com

You can also adjust the number of pings using the -c option very easy. This example will only send eight pings:

# ping -c 8 itprohelper.com

If you don’t need to see the output of each ping you can use the -q option to summarize the results. This ping command example will show you if ping was successful at sending 3 packets:

Ping command using the -q option

A Little More Advance ping Example

You can change the size of the ping packet sent. It is usually 28 bytes. So, to send 128 bytes you will do:

# ping -s 100 itprohelper.com

You can also limit the total number of hops -routers- ping will pass by configuring the TTL(Time To Live) option:

# ping -t 10 itprohelper.com

There are many more ping command options. You can find them by checking the man pages.

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