Sometimes it is necessary to check whether server you want to run some big bash script is connected to Internet. Usually it makes sense while running scripts periodically using cron.  Below is the tiny bash script for this purpose:



$WGET -q --tries=10 --timeout=5 -O /tmp/ &> /dev/null
if [ ! -s /tmp/ ];then
	echo "no"
	echo "yes"

As you see it tries to download google’s index page, if it’s not empty script returns “yes”, if there is not Internet connection available script will return “no”. If it is impossible to fetch the page in more than 5 seconds script will return “no” as well.

Anything to add? You are welcome! :)




  1. April 2, 2009  9:01 am by Daniel Holm Reply


    Thank you for that. I have been looking for something like that. In Ubuntu Im using Link Monitor Applet, which pings any selected host.

  2. April 2, 2009  11:18 am by Dirk Deimeke Reply

    Sorry, that only proves, if you can reach a site named what is not enough for getting checked if internet connection is up and running.

    This will not work, if the google website is down (I saw that once) or your DNS-Server is not reachable.

    It would be better to check, if you can reach any DNS-Server.

  3. April 2, 2009  6:39 pm by Binny V A Reply

    Dirk has a point. I would suggest ping OpenDNS ip address -

  4. April 2, 2009  7:55 pm by artiomix Reply

    Thanks for commenting, guys! Absolutely agreed with you that is not a panacea to fetch a google's main page. Also it's not an option to ping any public IP for the same reason -- what if the firewall accepts icmp traffic only?

    At the same time to make the script more useful you can replace "" with "" that is google's public IP... This is to walk-around possible DNS problem. How do you think?

  5. April 5, 2009  6:17 pm by Dirk Deimeke Reply


    nmap -sU -p

    on some dns-servers. If one of them answers, you are connected.

  6. May 11, 2009  2:59 am by Cris Reply

    Whatever happened to good old ping and tracert? ping -c 4 -->> this sends 4 pings (to the opendns IP) ofc, you'll want to check what other nifty little flags ping has. Careful, sending too many pings to an IP might throw some warning flags in your direction. Remember, be considerate.

  7. June 1, 2009  5:53 pm by Suresh Reply

    That was very helpful! Thank You!

  8. June 18, 2009  2:45 pm by ubuntuverse Reply

    what about to ping first the gateway or something similar and than ping google?

  9. November 24, 2009  9:33 am by UnderT Reply

    Some ping way:


    IS=`/bin/ping -c 10 | grep -c "64 bytes"`

    if (test "$IS" -lt "3") then

    echo FAIL


    echo OK



  10. November 24, 2009  9:39 am by UnderT Reply

    In first variant, after

    echo "yes"

    may be will be coolest to add:

    unlink /tmp/

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  15. January 31, 2011  5:40 pm by max Reply

    Why not use curl and get a ssl enabled site and get the benefit of cert verification on the fly to verify the host as well (so you'r not on a "redirect-all-to-login-page"-dns setup)?

    RESP=$(curl --silent --connect-timeout 5 --retry 3 --retry-delay 2 --head | grep --extended-regexp --regexp="Set-Cookie: (.*); domain=\.google\.com;")
    if [ -n "$RESP" ]; then
    echo "we have internet"
    echo "no internets"

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