A simple way to ping in Python
PythonPing is simple way to ping in Python. With it, you can send ICMP Probes to remote devices like you would do from the terminal. PythonPing is modular, so that you can run it in a script as a standalone function, or integrate its components in a fully-fledged application.
The simplest usage of PythonPing is in a script. You can use the
ping function to ping a target.
If you want to see the output immediately, emulating what happens on the terminal, use the
verbose flag as below.
from pythonping import ping ping('127.0.0.1', verbose=True)
This will yeld the following result.
Reply from 127.0.0.1, 9 bytes in 0.17ms Reply from 127.0.0.1, 9 bytes in 0.14ms Reply from 127.0.0.1, 9 bytes in 0.12ms Reply from 127.0.0.1, 9 bytes in 0.12ms
Regardless of the verbose mode, the
ping function will always return a
This is a special iterable object, containing a list of
Response items. In each response, you can
find the packet received and some meta information, like the time it took to receive the response
and any error message.
You can also tune your ping by using some of its additional parameters:
sizeis an integer that allows you to specify the size of the ICMP payload you desire
timeoutis the number of seconds you wish to wait for a response, before assuming the target is unreachable
payloadallows you to use a specific payload (bytes)
countspecify allows you to define how many ICMP packets to send
sweep_endallows you to perform a ping sweep, starting from payload size defined in
sweep_startand growing up to size defined in
sweep_end. Here, we repeat the payload you provided to match the desired size, or we generate a random one if no payload was provided. Note that if you defined
size, these two fields will be ignored
dfis a flag that, if set to True, will enable the Don't Fragment flag in the IP header
verboseenables the verbose mode, printing output to a stream (see
outis the target stream of verbose mode. If you enable the verbose mode and do not provide
out, verbose output will be send to the
sys.stdoutstream. You may want to use a file here.
Do I need privileged mode or root?
Yes, you need to be root to use pythonping.
Why do I need to be root to use pythonping?
All operating systems allow programs to create TCP or UDP sockets without requiring particular permissions. However, ping runs in ICMP (which is neither TCP or UDP). This means we have to create raw IP packets, and sniff the traffic on the network card. Operating systems are designed to require root for such operations. This is because having unrestricted access to the NIC can expose the user to risks if the application running has bad intentions. This is not the case with pythonping of course, but nonetheless we need this capability to create custom IP packets. Unfortunately, there is simply no other way to create ICMP packets.
If you wish to extend PythonPing, or integrate it in your application, we recommend to use the
classes that are part of Python Ping instead of the
handles the communication with the target device, it takes care of sending ICMP requests and
processing responses. It ultimately produces the
executor.ResponseList object. The
needs to know a target and which payloads to send to the remote device. For that, we have several
classes in the
payload_provider module. You may want to create your own provider by extending
payload_provider.PayloadProvider. If you are interested in that, you should check the
documentation of both
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