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A class which sends an ARP Request to know if a host is online on local networks

Project Description


ArpRequest is a Python module designed to make an ARP gratuitous request to know if a host is online. It acts on OSI model’s level 2 unlike icmp echo (ping), so, you can use it without IP configuration, or to “ping” an host in other IP network. However, you can only use it on local networks.


>>> from arprequest import ArpRequest
>>> ar = ArpRequest('', 'eth0')
>>> ar.request()
>>> ar2 = ArpRequest('', 'eth0') # doesen't exist
>>> ar2.request()


0.3 :

  • You can now select type of ARP request. This is done with “arp_type” argument of ArpRequest class. You can use arprequest.ARP_GRATUITOUS to make an ARP Gratuitous request (what is currently done) or use arprequest.ARP_STANDARD to do a standard ARP request.

    This option was created to use this library with systems which are configured to block Arp Gratuitous.


  • ArpRequest work only on unix or unix-like platforms because it uses unix signals.
  • ArpRequest work only as root, because it uses raw sockets.
  • Module is commented in french. I will translate comments in english, some day…

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