Net::Async::Ping - asyncronously check remote host for reachability


version 0.004001


 use IO::Async::Loop;
 use Net::Async::Ping;

 my $p = Net::Async::Ping->new;
 my $loop = IO::Async::Loop->new;

 my $future = $p->ping($loop, '');

 $future->on_done(sub {
    say "good job the host is running!"
 $future->on_fail(sub {
    say "the host is down!!!";

 # With a timer
 my $timer;
 $timer = IO::Async::Timer::Periodic->new(
    interval => 1,
    on_tick  => sub {
            $p->ping($loop, '')
                ->on_done(sub { say "good job the host is running!" })
                ->on_fail(sub { say "the host is down!!!" })

 $l->add( $timer );


This module's goal is to eventually be able to test remote hosts on a network with a number of different socket types and protocols. Currently it only supports TCP and ICMP, but UDP, and Syn are planned. If you need one of those feel free to work up a patch.

This module was originally forked off of Net::Ping, so it shares some of it's interface, but only where it makes sense.



 my $p = Net::Async::Ping->new(
   $proto, $def_timeout, $bytes, $device, $tos, $ttl,

All arguments to new are optional, but if you want to provide one in the middle you must provide all the ones to the left of it. The default protocol is tcp. The default timeout is 5 seconds. device is what host to bind the socket to, ie what to ping from. bytes, tos and ttl do not currently apply.

Alternately, you can use a new constructor:

 my $p = Net::Async::Ping->new(
   tcp => {
      default_timeout => 10,
      bind            => '',
      port_number     => 80,

All of the above arguments are optional. Bind is the same as device from before.

See Net::Async::Ping::TCP and Net::Async::Ping::ICMP for module specific options.


 my $future = $p->ping($loop, $host, $timeout);

Returns a Future representing the ping. loop should be an IO::Async::Loop, host is the host, and timeout is optional and defaults to the default set above.

It's also possible to omit the $loop, and add the pinger to a loop afterwards:

 my $loop = IO::Async::Loop->new;
 $loop->add( $p );

The return value of the future depends on the protocol. See Net::Async::Ping::TCP and Net::Async::Ping::ICMP.


  • Arthur Axel "fREW" Schmidt <>

  • Alexander Hartmaier <>


This software is copyright (c) 2018 by Arthur Axel "fREW" Schmidt, Alexander Hartmaier.

This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as the Perl 5 programming language system itself.