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Show all machines on the network

Terminal - Show all machines on the network
nmap 192.168.0-1.0-255 -sP
2009-03-23 22:19:05
Show all machines on the network

Depending on the network setup, you may not get the hostname.


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it takes CIDR notation as well

nmap -sP

you can also use

nmap -vv -sP |grep up

that way you skip all the hosts that are down

Comment by chinkshady 316 weeks and 4 days ago

The -sP option is basically sending ICMP echo requests.

Some hosts may be configured to not respond to these.

Alternative is to ping the broadcast address.

eg: ping -c 4

and display the arp table: arp -a

Comment by mpb 316 weeks and 4 days ago

The search utility is a fairly handy tool:


Comment by atoponce 316 weeks and 4 days ago

@ chinkshady:

I used to use the CIDR for it, but I wanted a really quick list, and over both the 192.168.0.* and 192.168.1.* ranges. I could use CIDR /16, but that takes considerably more time, and scans a lot of uncommon network configurations. I used to grep for my IP, but it's really uneccessary.


That is neat! I've been looking for a way to get around that limitation. Sadly, the arp lookup is really slow, and only returns two of 8 hosts currently running on my network.

@ atopnce:

Yeah, I realized that immediately afterward :-/. I will do better next time. However, I did use more newbie friendly search terms, with the net effect, rather than the literal description of the process, so I decided to keep it up.

Comment by clockworkavian 316 weeks and 2 days ago

Your point of view

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