Monday, January 6, 2014

How to ping a site or address with Java

Java does not natively have the ability to send ICMP messages, so we need to send them using the system's built in ping tool.

I added a simple ping utility to JavaUtils, which you can download the jar from SourceForge and GitHub:

JavaUtils JAR and source download on SourceForge
JavaUtils JAR and source download on GitHub

Then, you can test ping reliability with the built in isNetworkAddressReachable(String);

Here is how to use the JavaUtils class with NetBeans:

Select Properties of your project:

Under Libraries, select Add JAR/Folder

Select the javautils.jar, and click Choose.

Then, click OK.

Now, you're ready to use JavaUtils. Below is an example of its use:


public class Testing {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        try {
            System.out.print("Is reachable? ");
        } catch (IOException ioe) {
            // Something is wrong with the network
        } catch (InterruptedException ie) {
            // The system waitFor process was interrupted

The output:

Is reachable? true
BUILD SUCCESSFUL (total time: 0 seconds)

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