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Ping sweep without NMAP

Terminal - Ping sweep without NMAP
for i in `seq 1 255`; do ping -c 1 10.10.10.$i | tr \\n ' ' | awk '/1 received/ {print $2}'; done
2009-08-22 09:34:27
User: hemanth
Functions: awk ping tr
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Ping sweep without NMAP

Ping sweep without NMAP

Alternatives

There are 2 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
for i in {1..254}; do ping -c 1 -W 1 10.1.1.$i | grep 'from'; done
2010-04-07 16:57:53
Functions: grep ping
Tags: ping
14

Usefull for when you don't have nmap and need to find a missing host.

Pings all addresses from 10.1.1.1 to 10.1.1.254, modify for your subnet.

Timeout set to 1 sec for speed, if running over a slow connection you should raise that to avoid missing replies.

This will clean up the junk, leaving just the IP address:

for i in {1..254}; do ping -c 1 -W 1 10.1.1.$i | grep 'from' | cut -d' ' -f 4 | tr -d ':'; done

(prefix="10.59.21" && for i in `seq 254`; do (sleep 0.5 && ping -c1 -w1 $prefix.$i &> /dev/null && arp -n | awk ' /'$prefix'.'$i' / { print $1 " " $3 } ') & done; wait)
2014-04-02 11:20:57
User: smoky
Functions: arp awk ping sleep
Tags: ping
1

Waits for all pings to complete and returns ip with mac address

prefix="169.254" && for i in {0..254}; do echo $prefix.$i/8; for j in {1..254}; do sh -c "ping -m 1 -c 1 -t 1 $prefix.$i.$j | grep \"icmp\" &" ; done; done
2012-07-25 12:07:15
User: tempelorg
Functions: echo sh
Tags: ping
0

This version combines the best of the other suggestions and adds these features:

1. It scans a /16 subnet

2. It is very fast by running the ping commands in the background, running them in parallel.

3. Does not use the "-W" option as that's not available in older ping versions (I needed this for OS X 10.5)

prefix="10.0.0" && for i in `seq 25`; do ping -c 1 $prefix.$i &> /dev/null && echo "Answer from: $prefix.$i" ; done
2010-04-07 17:17:21
User: xeor
Functions: echo ping
Tags: ping
-2

Not really an easier solution. But an example using && for (if last command returned 0). You can use || for (if last command returned other than 0)..

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Comment by Hal_Pomeranz 270 weeks and 5 days ago

or... you can install fping.

fping -g 192.168.0.0/24

Comment by dragonauta 106 weeks and 4 days ago

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