Gping – A Cross-Platform Ping Tool with a Graph

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 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.

Divine Okoi is a cybersecurity postgrad with a passion for the open-source community. With 700+ articles covering different topics in IT, you can always trust him to inform you about the coolest tech.

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