Fix Python – Pinging servers in Python


Asked By – Kudu

In Python, is there a way to ping a server through ICMP and return TRUE if the server responds, or FALSE if there is no response?

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This function works in any OS (Unix, Linux, macOS, and Windows)
Python 2 and Python 3

By @radato os.system was replaced by This avoids shell injection vulnerability in cases where your hostname string might not be validated.

import platform    # For getting the operating system name
import subprocess  # For executing a shell command

def ping(host):
    Returns True if host (str) responds to a ping request.
    Remember that a host may not respond to a ping (ICMP) request even if the host name is valid.

    # Option for the number of packets as a function of
    param = '-n' if platform.system().lower()=='windows' else '-c'

    # Building the command. Ex: "ping -c 1"
    command = ['ping', param, '1', host]

    return == 0

Note that, according to @ikrase on Windows this function will still return True if you get a Destination Host Unreachable error.


The command is ping in both Windows and Unix-like systems.
The option -n (Windows) or -c (Unix) controls the number of packets which in this example was set to 1.

platform.system() returns the platform name. Ex. 'Darwin' on macOS. performs a system call. Ex.['ls','-l']).

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