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A python library to extend fping

Project Description

Python library that uses the fping executable as its ping engine.


  • Python 2.7 on Linux or Mac OS X (Python 3.5 compatibility is in the works, but not there yet.)
  • netaddr library (e.g. pip install netaddr)
  • Custom, forked build of fping (see Installation).


This library requires a forked version of fping, that has an added option to output the basic alive, unreachable and unresolvable hosts in CSV format.

  • Go to and follow the installation instructions there to compile and install the custom version. Since you will be downloading the files directly from github, DO NOT skip step 1. Download Link:

  • If you have issues running, please make sure that you have installed the automake package that is appropriate for your Linux distribution.

  • For Mac OS X you will need:

    • Xcode installed from the app store (launch it via gui at least once after install)
    • Xcode command line developer tools via ‘xcode-select –install’
    • Accept the command line license agreement via ‘sudo xcodebuild -license accept’
    • Install homebrew, and then use ‘brew install automake’

Once the fping executable has been compiled and installed, simply use pip to install the fping package from e.g.:

pip install fping


Though this is a work in progress, in its current state, this script is intended to be a library that is called and executed either in the (i)python interpreter / shell, or imported and used by another python script.

    >>> from fping import FastPing
    >>> fp = FastPing()
    # cmd =  ['/usr/local/sbin/fping', '-nV', '',
              '', '', 'localhost',
    {'': 'unresolvable',
    '': 'alive',
    '': 'alive',
    'localhost': 'unreachable',
    '': 'alive'}
    >>> fp.hosts(filename='testing', status='alive')
    '': 'alive',
    '': 'alive',
    '': 'alive'}
    >>> fp.alive
    >>> fp.dead
    >>> fp.noip

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