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On Linux and other systems, there is an utility called arping which can be used to send ARP requests ("pings") and show the answers, much like the "ping" utility but using ARP instead of ICMP.

Is there any way to do the same on Windows? (I use Windows 7)

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Arping for windows does actually exist.


Correction: this is for Linux, MAC OSX, etc... but can be installed on windows through cygwin.

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If you clear Window's arp cache ( apr -d ) and then try to ping the ip address, it will issue a arp broadcast.

Check it out with Wireshark


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WinXP's ARP command is for displaying data only. Try Nmap, it's free and fairly easy for this type of scan. Nmap is available at insecure.org.

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That's probably the closest I can get to the arping utility (using nmap -PR -sP <host>). Congratulations, you won. –  e-t172 Oct 13 '09 at 19:03
@e-t172 With newer versions of nmap, the command nmap -PR -sn <host> is preferred. -sP is deprecated. Also, this only worked for me when I ran it as root. –  Nic Jun 23 '13 at 3:12

This is not exactly an ARP "ping" but running "arp inet_addr (ip address)" from a command prompt will send a single ARP request to the host specified in (ip address). You can then run "arp -a" to see the result.

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Just doesn't work. I get my prompt back but nothing happened. A sniffer didn't show any ARP requests coming out. Same result if the IP address is not already in the ARP table. –  e-t172 Sep 30 '09 at 10:57
Right, you don't get a result back. The command sends a single ARP request to the ip address, which you can then see the result by issuing the arp -a command. I said it's not exactly an arp ping, but it does send a single arp request. –  joeqwerty Sep 30 '09 at 11:11
No it doesn't. As I said, a network sniffer doesn't show any ARP request going out, and no entry is added to arp -a. –  e-t172 Sep 30 '09 at 17:16
That's strange. It works exactly as I described on Windows 7 but not on Windows XP. Sorry. –  joeqwerty Sep 30 '09 at 19:44

How to Get an ARP Table with an IP Helper API http://www.codeguru.com/cpp/i-n/internet/internetprotocolip/article.php/c6153

GetIpNetTable: Retrieves address resolution table information.

SetIpNetEntry: Adds entry to the ARP table.

DeleteIpNetEntry: Deletes entry from the ARP table.

CreateIpNetEntry: Creates an entry in the ARP table.

FlushIpNetTable: Deletes all ARP entries for the specified interface from the ARP table

SendARP: Sends an ARP request to obtain the physical address that corresponds to the specified destination IP address.

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Unfortunately there is not a built in tool to do this in Windows, there are some third party tools that will do this such as Netscan, but its not free

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I believe you can arp-ping with CAIN, which is free.

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Hardping is a decent program that does this.

There's the full version that costs money that's more of a ping sweep program, but I just use the freeware version. The free one only does 1 ip at a time, but that's all I needed it for.

You'd use it like c:>hardping and it would reply with the mac or not.

I think they took it off their site, but you can still find it by googling "hardping freeware"

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