I am in a LAN and there are 3 Ubuntu, 2 Kubuntu, 2 Windows XP and 2 Windows 7. What commands or tools are available to see what PCs are connected to the LAN that it shows the name of the PC and the IP. Similar to tools like Angry IP that show all PCs in a LAN.

Note that I do not know the IPs or names of the computers connected to the LAN. So the tool or command should look for them to.


Taken from Finding All Hosts On the LAN From Linux/Windows Workstation

for ip in $(seq 1 254); do ping -c 1 192.168.1.$ip>/dev/null; 
    [ $? -eq 0 ] && echo "192.168.1.$ip UP" || : ;

But for a great tool, Nmap. Great for mapping networks.

  • this would work only when the subnet is using /24 addressing. – Vineet Menon Nov 25 '11 at 5:29
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    +1 That's a pretty spiffy little IP address scanner. – Evan Plaice Aug 15 '12 at 6:08
  • Your local IP may be very different than this... – JohnAllen May 18 '17 at 18:50

Arp-scan works great for me too...

If using Wi-Fi:

sudo arp-scan -l --interface=wlan0

-or if using ethernet:

sudo arp-scan -l --interface=eth0

(this last is practically identical to what Rajesh Rajendran posted; the -l standing for --localnet)

If you don't have arp-scan (it doesn't come with Ubuntu by default), just pull up a terminal and type:

sudo apt-get install arp-scan
  • exactly what i needed, thx. – Stephane Rolland Jul 14 '15 at 11:56
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    If this doesn't work use ifconfig to get a list of interfaces and try switching eth0 to something else. – Philip Kirkbride Apr 21 '17 at 15:29

The simplest thing is

arp-scan --localnet
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    arp-scan -l does the same thing. – Keith Nov 7 '16 at 3:35

I always use nmap. To scan for all devices in your network, use:

nmap -sP

More here: http://www.cyberciti.biz/networking/nmap-command-examples-tutorials/

It is a great tool to have in the know. You may want to install nmap using:

sudo apt-get install nmap if you are using Debian or

sudo yaourt -S nmap if you are using Arch.

  • What do to For Fedora? – supershnee Aug 27 '17 at 9:40
  • @supershnee Do a yum install nmap – Ruraj Oct 27 '17 at 17:41
  • And now for Fedora 25 and + : dnf install nmap will install nmap – ThierryB Apr 3 '18 at 12:51

As a possible GUI option, the best one I have seen is Angry IP as found in http://angryip.org/download/#linux

Simply download the latest DEB package and install. Then run ipscan from Dash. Here is a screenshot:

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  • does it filter only linux machines, if yes please guide me how. – khanthegeek Apr 14 '15 at 13:55
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    it is really good, I added all fetchers to the list columns, what helped most were hostname and macvendor, now everything connected to my wifi is more understandable, thx! – Aquarius Power Oct 31 '16 at 23:45


Address                  HWtype  HWaddress           Flags Mask            Iface
iPhone-von-me.fritz.box  ether   12:55:05:30:3c:df   C                     wlp3s0
android-abcdefghijklmno  ether   11:66:3f:71:04:d6   C                     wlp3s0
fritz.box                ether   00:11:3f:46:37:c2   C                     wlp3s0
Blupiblu.fritz.box       ether   71:88:cc:bb:dc:a6   C                     wlp3s0

ip neigh

ip neigh and hosts. NO nmap / sudo required.

Building on this, you can build a Python script:

#!/usr/bin/env python

"""List all hosts with their IP adress of the current network."""

import os

out = os.popen('ip neigh').read().splitlines()
for i, line in enumerate(out, start=1):
    ip = line.split(' ')[0]
    h = os.popen('host {}'.format(ip)).read()
    hostname = h.split(' ')[-1]
    print("{:>3}: {} ({})".format(i, hostname.strip(), ip))

Download via

wget https://gist.githubusercontent.com/MartinThoma/699ae445b8a08b5afd16f7d6f5e5d0f8/raw/577fc32b57a7f9e66fdc9be60e7e498bbec7951a/neighbors.py

If broadcast isn't disabled on your router...

You can ping the broadcast address.

ping -b 192.168.0

Will broadcast the ping command to every host within the 192.168.0/24 subnet.

Note: It's probably a good idea to keep broadcasting turned off though as that's how hackers can exploit a network using a DDOS Smurf attack. Basically, ping the broadcast address with a packet that has a spoofed destination address (ie the ip address of the victim). There's a little more to it than that but that's what Google is for.

Note: The same also works on Windows but you ping the actual broadcast address (not the subnet).

ping -b

Nmap is your friend

nmap -sP

If you have any question, nmap help is full of information’s .

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