How to Enable Timestamp in Linux Ping Command Output

Ping is the most widely used command on Linux and Unix servers for network troubleshooting. With the ping command we generally check connectivity to remote system either via its ip address or dns name. There can be some situations where we want to capture time in each ping reply. In this article, I will demonstrate how to enable timestamp in ping command output.

There are different ways to capture timestamp of each ping reply. Some of them are listed below:

Method 1)

Run the following command from terminal to enable timestamp in ping reply / output.

$ ping <Remote-Host-IP/DNS-Name> | while read pong; do echo “$(date): $pong”; done


$ ping | while read pong; do echo "$(date): $pong"; done

Output of above command would be


If you wish to save above command output to a file then run,

$ ping -c 4 | while read pong; do echo "$(date): $pong"; done > /tmp/TimeStamp-Ping.log


To Change the time format in ping’s reply, tweak date command parameters as shown below,

[pkumar@linuxbuzz ~]$ ping -c 4 | while read pong; do echo "$(date +%Y-%m-%d_%H%M%S): $pong"; done
2020-12-29_155507: PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.
2020-12-29_155507: 64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=1 ttl=59 time=53.0 ms
2020-12-29_155508: 64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=2 ttl=59 time=53.7 ms
2020-12-29_155509: 64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=3 ttl=59 time=52.6 ms
2020-12-29_155510: 64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=4 ttl=59 time=52.3 ms
2020-12-29_155510: --- ping statistics ---
2020-12-29_155510: 4 packets transmitted, 4 received, 0% packet loss, time 3002ms
2020-12-29_155510: rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 52.336/52.959/53.769/0.534 ms
[pkumar@linuxbuzz ~]$

Method 2)

By Passing ‘-D’ option in ping command, we can enable timestamp in the output. Example is shown below.

$ ping -D -c 4


In the above ping command output, Unix time plus microseconds are printed in-front of each ping reply.

If you wish to create a shell script that will capture ping reply along with timestamp, then create a file with below contents.

#Script will continuously ping NFS VIP and capture timestamp
if [ -d $DIR ]
    echo "Directory Exists"
    mkdir -p $DIR

ping | while read pong; do echo "$(date): $pong" >> $DIR/nfs-ping-$(date +%Y-%m-%d).txt; done

In the above script, you can replace remote NFS server IP address that suits to your setup. You can also schedule this script as a cron job. That’s all from this article, please do share your feedback and comments.

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