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 very long history: Roland Schemers did publish a first version of it in 1992 and it has established itself since then as a standard tool for network diagnostics and statistics.

Also it’s different from ping in that you can specify any number of hosts on the command line. 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.


To install the Fping packages on various distros, run following command:

For Arch Linux

For Debian (Raspbian)

For Ubuntu

For OpenWrt

Usage for fping

To use fping, it’s easy as you using ping command but fping command line is also difference

Ping a host

Ping multi host

Ping from host list

Options for fping



  1. fping3 homepage
  2. fping3 options
  3. Image by David Precious / CC BY 2.0