hping alternatives

Looking for a better tool, or simply want to learn about alternatives? There is typically more than one option.

Alternatives (by tag)


Alternative: addrwatch

Addrwatch is a tool similar to arpwatch to monitor IPv4/IPv6 and ethernet address pairing.

Similar to arpwatch, this tool addrwatch will monitor the pairing between ethernet and IP addresses.

Main features:

  • IPv4 and IPv6 address monitoring
  • Monitoring multiple network interfaces with one daemon
  • Monitoring of VLAN tagged (802.1Q) packets
  • Output to stdout, plain text files, syslog, sqlite3, MySQL
  • IP address usage history preserving output and logging


Alternative: arping

arping is a tool for the discovery of hosts on a computer network using the Address Resolution Protocol (ARP).

arping is similar to the 'ping' utility for testing a network and the discovery of systems. Where the 'ping' command typically uses the Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP), arping uses the Address Resolution Protocol (ARP).


Alternative: ArpON

ArpON is a host-based tool to improve the security of the Address Resolution Protocol (ARP).

ArpOn protects a system by running as a daemon and guard against a Man in the Middle (MitM) attack due to ARP spoofing, cache poisoning, or an ARP poison routing attack.

The tool works by using three types of inspection to detect a related attack.

  • SARPI (Static ARP Inspection), statically configured networks (without DHCP)
  • DARPI (Dynamic ARP Inspection), dynamically configured networks (with DHCP)
  • HARPI (Hybrid ARP Inspection), statically and dynamically configured networks (with DHCP)

Project details

ArpON is written in C.


  • + The source code of this software is available

ArpON project page


Alternative: arp-scan

arp-scan is a security tool that sends ARP packets to hosts on the local network. Any responses to the requests are displayed.

The arp-scan utility can be used to detect hosts on the network. As it uses ARP, it only applies to IPv4, as IPv6 uses the neighbour discovery protocol (NDP).


Alternative: ntopng

ntopng is the successor of the original ntop utility. It shows network usage by capturing traffic and provide insights on the usage.

The ntopng replaced the older ntop utility. It now focuses on high-speed traffic analysis and flow collection. Typically this is useful for analysis of network traffic and troubleshooting of overused network links.

Project details

ntopng is written in C++.


  • + The source code of this software is available

Typical usage

  • network analysis
  • troubleshooting

ntopng project page


Alternative: Scapy

Scapy is an interactive packet manipulation program. It is able to forge or decode packets of a wide number of protocols and send and capture them.

Scapy can handle tasks like network scanning, tracerouting, probing, unit tests, attacks or network discovery. Due to its manipulation possibilities, Scapy can send invalid frames. It allows you also to inject custom 802.11 frames, or combine other attacking techniques.

According to the description of the author, Scapy can replace hping, most of of nmap, arpspoof, arp-sk, arping, tcpdump, tethereal, and p0f.

Project details

Scapy is written in Python.


  • + More than 1000 GitHub stars
  • + The source code of this software is available


  • - Many provided pull requests are still open

Typical usage

  • network analysis
  • security assessment

Scapy project page


Alternative: THC IPv6 Attack Toolkit (thc-ipv6)

THC IPv6 attack toolkit a set of utilities. It can be used for penetrating testing and security assessments of correct network implementations.

- parasite6: ICMPv6 neighbor solitication/advertisement spoofer, puts you as man-in-the-middle, same as ARP MitM (and parasite)
- alive6: an effective alive scanng, which will detect all systems listening to this address
- dnsdict6: parallel DNS IPv6 dictionary brute-forcer
- fake_router6: announce yourself as a router on the network, with the highest priority
- redir6: redirect traffic to you intelligently (man-in-the-middle) with a clever ICMPv6 redirect spoofer
- toobig6: mtu decreaser with the same intelligence as redir6
- detect-new-ip6: detect new IPv6 devices which join the network, you can run a script to automatically scan these systems etc.
- dos-new-ip6: detect new IPv6 devices and tell them that their chosen IP collides on the network (DOS).
- trace6: very fast traceroute6 with supports ICMP6 echo request and TCP-SYN
- flood_router6: flood a target with random router advertisements
- flood_advertise6: flood a target with random neighbor advertisements
- fuzz_ip6: fuzzer for IPv6
- implementation6: performs various implementation checks on IPv6
- implementation6d: listen daemon for implementation6 to check behind a firewall
- fake_mld6: announce yourself in a multicast group of your choice on the net
- fake_mld26: same but for MLDv2
- fake_mldrouter6: fake MLD router messages
- fake_mipv6: steal a mobile IP to yours if IPSEC is not needed for authentication
- fake_advertiser6: announce yourself on the network
- smurf6: local smurfer
- rsmurf6: remote smurfer, known to work only against Linux targets at the moment
- exploit6: known IPv6 vulnerabilities to test against a target
- denial6: a collection of denial-of-service tests against a target
- thcping6: sends a handcrafted ping6 packet
- sendpees6: a tool by willdamn@gmail.com, which generates a neighbor solicitation requests with a lot of CGAs (crypto) to keep the CPU busy.

Project details

THC IPv6 Attack Toolkit is written in C.


  • + Project is mature (10+ years)
  • + The source code of this software is available

Typical usage

  • network analysis
  • penetration test
  • security assessment

THC IPv6 Attack Toolkit project page


Alternative: Yersinia

Yersinia is a framework to perform layer 2 attacks. It can be used for pentests and security assessments to test network safeguards.

The Yersinia tool takes advantage of known weaknesses in several network protocols. It helps with trying to abuse the weaknesses to ensure that network protections are implemented where possible.

Related protocols:

  • Spanning Tree Protocol (STP)
  • Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP)
  • Dynamic Trunking Protocol (DTP)
  • Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)
  • Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP)
  • 802.1q
  • 802.1x
  • Inter-Switch Link Protocol (ISL)
  • VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP)