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Gping – A Cross-Platform Ping Tool with a Graph

Gping with Graph
Written by Martins D. Okoi

Ping” is a utility used by computer network administrators to test the reachability of a host on an IP network by measuring the time it takes for messages sent from the originating host to a destination computer to reach their destination and return to their originating point.

It is one of the famous commands every Linux user knows and today we found a slight improvement of the tool in the form of Gping.

Gping is a command line ping utility tool that displays its data in a graph format. It is as the author put it, “Ping, but with a graph”.

Giving a reason why he created the project, the developer wrote on GitHub that he often found himself running ping -t google.com in a command window to get a rough idea of the network speed and thought a graph would be a great way to visualize the data. That’s the reason he decided to try and write a cross platform tool that he could use.

Features in Gping

  • Free to use and contribute to its source code on GitHub.
  • Displays ping command response as a graph.

Install and Use Gping on Ubuntu

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Gping can be installed on Linux as a snap like so:

$ snap install gping && snap connect gping:network-observe

That’s all. Execute Gping with the gping command in the terminal with any web address of your choice like so:

$ gping [yourhost]

Keep it in mind that if you don’t specify a host then Gping will ping Google by default.

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This Gping project began as a personal one and I’m wondering if the trend of having a colorful ping graph will catch on. Who knows? Maybe it will! For now, head over to the comments section and tell us what you think about the terminal tool.

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About the author

Martins D. Okoi

Martins Jr. (Dillivine) Okoi is a graduate of Computer Science with a passion for Linux and the Open Source community. He works as a Web designer & developer, technical writer, and programmer.

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