How to: Ping a Host

This sample shows how to ping a remote host.


using System;  
using System.Text;  
using System.Net;  
using System.Net.NetworkInformation;  
using System.ComponentModel;  
using System.Threading;  

namespace Examples.System.Net.NetworkInformation.PingTest  
    public class PingExample  
        public static void Main (string[] args)  
            if (args.Length == 0)  
                throw new ArgumentException ("Ping needs a host or IP Address.");  

            string who = args[0];  
            AutoResetEvent waiter = new AutoResetEvent (false);  

            Ping pingSender = new Ping ();  

            // When the PingCompleted event is raised,  
            // the PingCompletedCallback method is called.  
            pingSender.PingCompleted += new PingCompletedEventHandler (PingCompletedCallback);  

            // Create a buffer of 32 bytes of data to be transmitted.  
            string data = "aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa";  
            byte[] buffer = Encoding.ASCII.GetBytes (data);  

            // Wait 12 seconds for a reply.  
            int timeout = 12000;  

            // Set options for transmission:  
            // The data can go through 64 gateways or routers  
            // before it is destroyed, and the data packet  
            // cannot be fragmented.  
            PingOptions options = new PingOptions (64, true);  

            Console.WriteLine ("Time to live: {0}", options.Ttl);  
            Console.WriteLine ("Don't fragment: {0}", options.DontFragment);  

            // Send the ping asynchronously.  
            // Use the waiter as the user token.  
            // When the callback completes, it can wake up this thread.  
            pingSender.SendAsync(who, timeout, buffer, options, waiter);  

            // Prevent this example application from ending.  
            // A real application should do something useful  
            // when possible.  
            waiter.WaitOne ();  
            Console.WriteLine ("Ping example completed.");  

        public static void PingCompletedCallback (object sender, PingCompletedEventArgs e)  
            // If the operation was canceled, display a message to the user.  
            if (e.Cancelled)  
                Console.WriteLine ("Ping canceled.");  

                // Let the main thread resume.   
                // UserToken is the AutoResetEvent object that the main thread   
                // is waiting for.  
                ((AutoResetEvent)e.UserState).Set ();  

            // If an error occurred, display the exception to the user.  
            if (e.Error != null)  
                Console.WriteLine ("Ping failed:");  
                Console.WriteLine (e.Error.ToString ());  

                // Let the main thread resume.   

            PingReply reply = e.Reply;  

            DisplayReply (reply);  

            // Let the main thread resume.  

        public static void DisplayReply (PingReply reply)  
            if (reply == null)  

            Console.WriteLine ("ping status: {0}", reply.Status);  
            if (reply.Status == IPStatus.Success)  
                Console.WriteLine ("Address: {0}", reply.Address.ToString ());  
                Console.WriteLine ("RoundTrip time: {0}", reply.RoundtripTime);  
                Console.WriteLine ("Time to live: {0}", reply.Options.Ttl);  
                Console.WriteLine ("Don't fragment: {0}", reply.Options.DontFragment);  
                Console.WriteLine ("Buffer size: {0}", reply.Buffer.Length);  

Compiling the Code

This example requires:

  • References to the System.Net namespace.