“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
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.
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.