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Nov 12, 2011  hping is a command-line oriented TCP/IP packet assembler / analyzer. The interface is inspired to the ping(8) unix command, but hping isn't only able to send ICMP echo requests.

hping3 - send (almost) arbitrary TCP/IP packets to network hosts


hping3 [ -hvnqVDzZ012WrfxykQbFSRPAUXYjJBuTG ] [ -ccount ] [ -iwait ] [ --fast ] [ -Iinterface ] [ -9signature ] [ -ahost ] [ -tttl ] [ -Nip id ] [ -Hip protocol] [ -gfragoff ] [ -mmtu ] [ -otos ] [ -Cicmp type ] [ -Kicmp code ] [ -ssource port ] [ -p[+][+]dest port ] [ -wtcp window ] [ -Otcp offset ] [ -Mtcp sequencenumber ] [ -Ltcp ack ] [ -ddata size ] [ -Efilename ] [ -esignature ] [ --icmp-ipverversion ] [ --icmp-iphlenlength ] [ --icmp-iplenlength ] [ --icmp-ipidid ] [ --icmp-ipprotoprotocol ] [ --icmp-cksumchecksum ] [ --icmp-ts ] [ --icmp-addr ] [ --tcpexitcode ] [ --tcp-timestamp ] [--tr-stop ] [ --tr-keep-ttl ] [ --tr-no-rtt ] [ --rand-dest ] [ --rand-source ] [ --beep ] hostname


  • DOWNLOAD HPING STABLE: The latest version of hping is 2.0.0-rc3 (release candidate 3). Rc3 changes: Fixed a problem with the checksum code. Some packet was.
  • What is fping? Fping is a program to send ICMP echo probes to network hosts, similar to ping, but much better performing when pinging multiple hosts. Fping has a very long history: Roland Schemers did publish a first version of it in 1992 and it has established itself since then as a standard tool for network diagnostics and statistics.

hping3 is a network tool able to send custom TCP/IP packets and to display target replies like ping program does with ICMP replies. hping3 handlefragmentation, arbitrary packets body and size and can be used in order to transfer files encapsulated under supported protocols. Using hping3 you are able toperform at least the following stuff:

- Test firewall rules - Advanced port scanning - Test net performance using different protocols, packet size, TOS (type of service) and fragmentation. -Path MTU discovery - Transferring files between even really fascist firewall rules. - Traceroute-like under different protocols. - Firewalk-like usage. -Remote OS fingerprinting. - TCP/IP stack auditing. - A lot of others.

It's also a good didactic tool to learn TCP/IP. hping3 is developed and maintained by [email protected] and is licensed under GPL version 2.Development is open so you can send me patches, suggestion and affronts without inhibitions.

Hping Site

primary site at You can found both the stable release and the instruction to download the latest source code at

Base Options

-h --help

Show an help screen on standard output, so you can pipe to less.
-v --version
Show version information and API used to access to data link layer, linux sock packet or libpcap.
-c --count count
Stop after sending (and receiving) count response packets. After last packet was send hping3 wait COUNTREACHED_TIMEOUT seconds target host replies.You are able to tune COUNTREACHED_TIMEOUT editing hping3.h
-i --interval
Wait the specified number of seconds or micro seconds between sending each packet. --interval X set wait to X seconds, --interval uX set waitto X micro seconds. The default is to wait one second between each packet. Using hping3 to transfer files tune this option is really important in order toincrease transfer rate. Even using hping3 to perform idle/spoofing scanning you should tune this option, see HPING3-HOWTO for more information.

Alias for -i u10000. Hping will send 10 packets for second.

Alias for -i u1. Faster then --fast ;) (but not as fast as your computer can send packets due to the signal-driven design).
Sent packets as fast as possible, without taking care to show incoming replies. This is ways faster than to specify the -i u0 option.
-n --numeric
Numeric output only, No attempt will be made to lookup symbolic names for host addresses.
-q --quiet
Quiet output. Nothing is displayed except the summary lines at startup time and when finished.
-I --interface interface name
By default on linux and BSD systems hping3 uses default routing interface. In other systems or when there is no default route hping3 uses the firstnon-loopback interface. However you are able to force hping3 to use the interface you need using this option. Note: you don't need to specify the whole name,for example -I et will match eth0 ethernet0 myet1 et cetera. If no interfaces match hping3 will try to use lo.
-V --verbose
Enable verbose output. TCP replies will be shown as follows:

len=46 ip= flags=RA DF seq=0 ttl=255 id=0 win=0 rtt=0.4 ms tos=0 iplen=40 seq=0 ack=1380893504 sum=2010 urp=0

-D --debug
Enable debug mode, it's useful when you experience some problem with hping3. When debug mode is enabled you will get more information about interfacedetection, data link layer access, interface settings, options parsing, fragmentation, HCMP protocol and other stuff.
-z --bind
Bind CTRL+Z to time to live (TTL) so you will able to increment/decrement ttl of outgoing packets pressing CTRL+Z once or twice.
-Z --unbind
Unbind CTRL+Z so you will able to stop hping3.

Beep for every matching received packet (but not for ICMP errors).

Protocol Selection

Default protocol is TCP, by default hping3 will send tcp headers to target host's port 0 with a winsize of 64 without any tcp flag on. Often this is thebest way to do an 'hide ping', useful when target is behind a firewall that drop ICMP. Moreover a tcp null-flag to port 0 has a good probability of not beinglogged.

--baseport, --destport,--keep.
-8 --scan
Scan mode, the option expects an argument that describes groups of ports to scan. port groups are comma separated: a number describes just a single port, so1,2,3 means port 1, 2 and 3. ranges are specified using a start-end notation, like 1-1000, that tell hping to scan ports between 1 and 1000 (included). thespecial word all is an alias for 0-65535, while the special word known includes all the ports listed in /etc/services.
Groups can be combined, so the following command line will scan ports between 1 and 1000 AND port 8888 AND ports listed in /etc/services: hping --scan1-1000,8888,known -S
Groups can be negated (subtracted) using a ! character as prefix, so the following command line will scan all the ports NOT listed in /etc/services in therange 1-1024: hping --scan '1-1024,!known' -S
Keep in mind that while hping seems much more like a port scanner in this mode, most of the hping switches are still honored, so for example to perform a SYNscan you need to specify the -S option, you can change the TCP windows size, TTL, control the IP fragmentation as usually, and so on. The only realdifference is that the standard hping behaviors are encapsulated into a scanning algorithm.
Tech note
: The scan mode uses a two-processes design, with shared memory for synchronization. The scanning algorithm is still not optimal, but alreadyquite fast.
: unlike most scanners, hping shows some interesting info about received packets, the IP ID, TCP win, TTL, and so on, don't forget to look at thisadditional information when you perform a scan! Sometimes they shows interesting details.
-9 --listen signature
HPING3 listen mode, using this option hping3 waits for packet that contain signature and dump from signature end to packet's end. For exampleif hping3 --listen TEST reads a packet that contain 234-09sdflkjs45-TESThello_world it will display hello_world.

Ip Related Options

-a --spoof hostname

This option enables the random source mode. hping will send packets with random source address. It is interesting to use this option to stressfirewall state tables, and other per-ip basis dynamic tables inside the TCP/IP stacks and firewall software.
This option enables the random destination mode. hping will send the packets to random addresses obtained following the rule you specify as thetarget host. You need to specify a numerical IP address as target host like 10.0.0.x. All the occurrences of x will be replaced with a randomnumber in the range 0-255. So to obtain Internet IP addresses in the whole IPv4 space use something like hping x.x.x.x --rand-dest. If you are not sureabout what kind of addresses your rule is generating try to use the --debug switch to display every new destination address generated. When this optionis turned on, matching packets will be accept from all the destinations.
: when this option is enabled hping can't detect the right outgoing interface for the packets, so you should use the --interface option toselect the desired outgoing interface.
-t --ttl time to live
Using this option you can set TTL (time to live) of outgoing packets, it's likely that you will use this with --traceroute or --bindoptions. If in doubt try 'hping3 -t 1 --traceroute'.
-N --id
Set ip->id field. Default id is random but if fragmentation is turned on and id isn't specified it will be getpid() & 0xFF, to implement abetter solution is in TODO list.
-H --ipproto
Set the ip protocol in RAW IP mode.
-W --winid
id from Windows* systems before Win2k has different byte ordering, if this option is enable hping3 will properly display id replies from thoseWindows.
-r --rel
Display id increments instead of id. See the HPING3-HOWTO for more information. Increments aren't computed as id[N]-id[N-1] but using packet losscompensation. See relid.c for more information.
-f --frag
Split packets in more fragments, this may be useful in order to test IP stacks fragmentation performance and to test if some packet filter is so weak thatcan be passed using tiny fragments (anachronistic). Default 'virtual mtu' is 16 bytes. see also --mtu option.
-x --morefrag
Set more fragments IP flag, use this option if you want that target host send an ICMP time-exceeded during reassembly.
-y --dontfrag
Set don't fragment IP flag, this can be used to perform MTU path discovery.
-g --fragoff fragment offset value
Set the fragment offset.
-m --mtu mtu value
Set different 'virtual mtu' than 16 when fragmentation is enabled. If packets size is greater that 'virtual mtu' fragmentation is automatically turnedon.
-o --tos hex_tos
Set Type Of Service (TOS), for more information try --tos help.
-G --rroute
Record route. Includes the RECORD_ROUTE option in each packet sent and displays the route buffer of returned packets. Note that the IP header is only largeenough for nine such routes. Many hosts ignore or discard this option. Also note that using hping you are able to use record route even if target host filterICMP. Record route is an IP option, not an ICMP option, so you can use record route option even in TCP and UDP mode.

Icmp Related Options

-C --icmptype type


keep still source port, see --baseport for more information.

-w --win
Set TCP window size. Default is 64.
-O --tcpoff
Set fake tcp data offset. Normal data offset is tcphdrlen / 4.
-M --setseq
Set the TCP sequence number.
-L --setack
Set the TCP ack.
-Q --seqnum
This option can be used in order to collect sequence numbers generated by target host. This can be useful when you need to analyze whether TCP sequencenumber is predictable. Output example:

#hping3 win98 --seqnum -p 139 -S -i u1 -I eth0The first column reports the sequence number, the second difference between current and last sequence number. As you can see target host's sequence numbersare predictable.

-b --badcksum
Send packets with a bad UDP/TCP checksum.
Enable the TCP timestamp option, and try to guess the timestamp update frequency and the remote system uptime.
-F --fin

Hping3 Commands

Set FIN tcp flag.
-S --syn
Set SYN tcp flag.
-R --rst
Set RST tcp flag.
-P --push
Set PUSH tcp flag.
-A --ack
Set ACK tcp flag.
-U --urg
Set URG tcp flag.
-X --xmas
Set Xmas tcp flag.
-Y --ymas
Set Ymas tcp flag.

Common Options

-d --data data size

-e --sign signature
Fill first signature length bytes of data with signature. If the signature length is bigger than data size an error message will bedisplayed. If you don't specify the data size hping will use the signature size as data size. This option can be used safely with --file filenameoption, remainder data space will be filled using filename.
-j --dump
Dump received packets in hex.
-J --print
Dump received packets' printable characters.
-B --safe
Enable safe protocol, using this option lost packets in file transfers will be resent. For example in order to send file /etc/passwd from host A to host Byou may use the following:
-u --end
If you are using --file filename option, tell you when EOF has been reached. Moreover prevent that other end accept more packets. Please, for moreinformation see the HPING3-HOWTO.
-T --traceroute
Traceroute mode. Using this option hping3 will increase ttl for each ICMP time to live 0 during transit received. Try hping3 host--traceroute. This option implies --bind and --ttl 1. You can override the ttl of 1 using the --ttl option. Since 2.0.0 stable it prints RTTinformation.
Keep the TTL fixed in traceroute mode, so you can monitor just one hop in the route. For example, to monitor how the 5th hop changes or how its RTT changesyou can try hping3 host --traceroute --ttl 5 --tr-keep-ttl.
If this option is specified hping will exit once the first packet that isn't an ICMP time exceeded is received. This better emulates the traceroutebehavior.
Don't show RTT information in traceroute mode. The ICMP time exceeded RTT information aren't even calculated if this option is set.
Exit with last received packet tcp->th_flag as exit code. Useful for scripts that need, for example, to known if the port 999 of some host reply withSYN/ACK or with RST in response to SYN, i.e. the service is up or down.

Tcp Output Format

The standard TCP output format is the following:

len=46 ip= flags=RA DF seq=0 ttl=255 id=0 win=0 rtt=0.4 ms

len is the size, in bytes, of the data captured from the data link layer excluding the data link header size. This may not match the IP datagram sizedue to low level transport layer padding.

ip is the source ip address.

flags are the TCP flags, R for RESET, S for SYN, A for ACK, F for FIN, P for PUSH, U for URGENT, X for not standard 0x40, Y for not standard 0x80.

If the reply contains DF the IP header has the don't fragment bit set.

seq is the sequence number of the packet, obtained using the source port for TCP/UDP packets, the sequence field for ICMP packets.


id is the IP ID field.

win is the TCP window size.

rtt is the round trip time in milliseconds.

If you run hping using the -V command line switch it will display additional information about the packet, example:

len=46 ip= flags=RA DF seq=0 ttl=255 id=0 win=0 rtt=0.4 ms tos=0 iplen=40 seq=0 ack=1223672061 sum=e61d urp=0

tos is the type of service field of the IP header.

iplen is the IP total len field.

seq and ack are the sequence and acknowledge 32bit numbers in the TCP header.

sum is the TCP header checksum value.

urp is the TCP urgent pointer value.

Udp Output Format

The standard output format is:

len=46 ip= seq=0 ttl=64 id=0 rtt=6.0 ms

The field meaning is just the same as the TCP output meaning of the same fields.

Icmp Output Format

An example of ICMP output is:

ICMP Port Unreachable from ip=

It is very simple to understand. It starts with the string 'ICMP' followed by the description of the ICMP error, Port Unreachable in the example. The ipfield is the IP source address of the IP datagram containing the ICMP error, the name field is just the numerical address resolved to a name (a dns PTRrequest) or UNKNOWN if the resolution failed.

The ICMP Time exceeded during transit or reassembly format is a bit different:

TTL 0 during transit from ip=

TTL 0 during reassembly from ip= name=UNKNOWN

The only difference is the description of the error, it starts with TTL 0.


Salvatore Sanfilippo <[email protected]>, with the help of the people mentioned in AUTHORS file and at


Even using the --end and --safe options to transfer files the final packet will be padded with 0x00 bytes.

Data is read without care about alignment, but alignment is enforced in the data structures. This will not be a problem under i386 but, while usually theTCP/IP headers are naturally aligned, may create problems with different processors and bogus packets if there is some unaligned access around the code(hopefully none).

On solaris hping does not work on the loopback interface. This seems a solaris problem, as stated in the tcpdump-workers mailing list, so the libpcap can'tdo nothing to handle it properly.

See Also

ping(8), traceroute(8), ifconfig(8), nmap(1)

About the App

  • App name: hping
  • App description: Command-line oriented TCP/IP packet assembler/analyzer
  • App website:

What Is Hping

Install the App

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  1. Press Command+Space and type Terminal and press enter/return key.
  2. Run in Terminal app:
    ruby -e '$(curl -fsSL' < /dev/null 2> /dev/null
    and press enter/return key.
    If the screen prompts you to enter a password, please enter your Mac's user password to continue. When you type the password, it won't be displayed on screen, but the system would accept it. So just type your password and press ENTER/RETURN key. Then wait for the command to finish.
  3. Run:
    brew install hping

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Done! You can now use hping.

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