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# Change Log

New to PowerPing 1.3.0:

New arguments:

- Symbols (/sym) - Render pings response times using ASCII characters

- Size (/s) - Set the size of the ICMP packet (in bytes)

- Version (/v) - Shows PowerPing version

- Beep (/b) - Sound beep on timeout (1) or reply (0)

- Whois (/whois) - Perform a whois lookup on an address

- Dont fragment header (/df) - Set 'Don't Fragment' flag in IP header

- RequestBuffer (/rb) - Set size of ICMP request buffer

- Random (/rng) - Fills packet data with random strings

- Limit (/l) - Limit output to just replies (1), requests (2) or summary (3)

- No Timeout (/nt) - Won't display timeout messages

- Quiet (/q) - No output (only applies to normal ping command)

- Reverse lookup (/res) - Perform reverse lookup on the entered address

- Inputted address (/ia) - displays the address as it was originally entered by user

- Checksum (/chk) - Display checksum of returned packet

Full release notes can be found:


PowerPing is a free, Open Source, improved command line ICMP ping utility. It can be used as an alternative or replacement for the famous "ping" program that comes included in all Microsoft Windows OS versions

. The main advantage is that you can use the same functions from "ping" along with some extra features (see below) that might require you to use different software. If you're looking for a comparison, I can't think at a better example than "PuTTY" (original and popular) vs. "KiTTY" (fork with more features) utilities. According to the author, this app is written in C#, and both Microsoft Windows OS and Linux have inspired his work.

Note: To run this program you will need to run it as "Administrator." Usage requires a different command format such as "--help" instead of "-help."


- Basic ping functionality (see the "Ping Options)

- Colored output (program uses several colors)

- Display options (customize retrieved information)

- ICMP packet customization

- Scanning

- Flooding (send a high volume of pings to an address)

- ICMP packet capture (/listen)

- IP location lookup

- Whois lookup

- Graphing

Future features:

- Traceroute

- Tunneling

- IPv6/ICMPv6

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