Gping – A Visual Ping

Ping is one of the most used functions. It is the function that allows to check in a more or less effective way if there is connectivity with a device or Internet access, and detect problems. In this article, we will talk about a tool that is mostly very curious: Gping. As its own name indicates, it allows the realization of ping, but with graphical interface.

Who has not used this function at some point as a verification that our router works correctly ?. Obviously, the ping command does not allow a direct resolution of possible problems in our local area network, but it does offer the possibility to locate the problem is a question and to consider what possible solutions we can apply. For all those who use this command in Linux, now have a new software that surely catches the attention: Gping.

By the way, don’t  expect an advanced tool. The function is maintained, except that the results of the response time are represented in a bar diagram, using colors to represent if the delay is maintained within acceptable milliseconds, or if there is actually a problem with the device Or the name server we are using in our connection.

It’s not a complex application, but there is at least one requirement: Python version 2.3  or higher. The software does not need more libraries to function properly.

We will install gping trough a PIP (the python installer) , so if you don’t have PIP installed, type the following command

sudo apt install python3-pip
pip3 install --upgrade pip

In regard to gping installation,  use the following command:

pip3 install pinggraph

To run the command type this:

gping  ip-destination
gping 8.8.8.8

 

Project github: https://github.com/orf/gping