How can I issue a nmap command that shows me all the alive machines' IP addresses and corresponding hostname s in the LAN that I am connected? (if this can be done in another way/tool you surely are welcome to answer)

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nmap versions lower than 5.30BETA1:

nmap -sP 192.168.1.*

newer nmap versions:

nmap -sn 192.168.1.*

This gives me hostnames along with IP adresses, and only pings the hosts to discover them. This will only give you the hostnames if you run it as root.

EDIT: As of Nmap 5.30BETA1 [2010-03-29] -sP has been replaced with -sn as the preferred way to do ping scans, while skipping port scanning, just like the comments indicate:

Previously the -PN and -sP options were recommended. This establishes a more regular syntax for some options that disable phases of a scan:

  • -n no reverse DNS
  • -Pn no host discovery
  • -sn no port scan
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    +1 with the caveat that this only returns machines which respond to ICMP. Any machine specifically blocking ICMP will not show up Jun 22, 2010 at 20:59
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    @MattSimmons If nmap is run as root and the IPs are from local network (the server is member of the subnet), then ARP requests are sent. So it will detect any alive machines because nobody really blocks ARP packets. Oh, and with new nmap versions it's -sn (although -sP will work too). May 19, 2012 at 22:24
  • For me, the -sL option suffices here instead of -sP. This simply lists the hosts in the network(s) given to nmap and does reverse-DNS lookups on each address so that hostnames can be shown as well.
    – GDP2
    Nov 28, 2016 at 23:38
nmap -sP

Note that name resolution is only as good as the reverse-dns population is. Also note that this won't get you systems which are firewalled against ping (which practically every windows workstation is by default).

If you are local to the systems (ie on the same subnet) you can do something like

for i in `seq 1 254` ; do arping -c 1 192.168.1.$i | grep reply ; done

...but weird things happen to me sometimes when I wrap arping up in a loop. Also you have to do the lookup yourself, with something like

dig +short -x $IP
  • arp solution is slow but works fine,the nmap solution cannot find all ip online
    – elbarna
    Oct 28, 2016 at 2:38

You can scan an entire subnet, can use wildcards also.

nmap 192.168.8.*



NMAP will return the 'reverse-lookup' of the IP address in question, it can't return the forward lookup address. Or addresses in the case of Web Servers doing name-based virtual hosting. Nmap isn't the tool for this.

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    which tool shall i use then?
    – şaloma
    Jun 22, 2010 at 20:41
  • I don't know of anything that does this.
    – sysadmin1138
    Jun 22, 2010 at 20:45

if this can be done in another way/tool you surely are welcome to answer

You can simply use arp command like this:

$ arp -a
  • For arch: net-tools man.archlinux.org/man/arp.8.en
    – xeruf
    Feb 24 at 15:32
  • Why -a? This just makes the output less readable.
    – xeruf
    Feb 24 at 15:33
  • this way it looks nice: sudo arp -a | sort -k 2 | column -t note that this only lists cached entries, so it may be incomplete, I think?
    – xeruf
    Feb 24 at 15:46

nmap -sP will output something like :

> nmap -sP

Starting Nmap 4.00 ( http://www.insecure.org/nmap/ ) at 2010-06-22 22:27 CEST
Host appears to be up.
Host appears to be up.
Host abcd.domain.tld ( appears to be up.
Host def.domain.tld ( appears to be up.
Host fdsf.domain.tld ( appears to be up.
Host reht.domain.tld ( appears to be up.
Host vcxbfd.domain.tld ( appears to be up.
Host ezqs.domain.tld ( appears to be up.
Host appears to be up.
Host ilolio.domain.tld ( appears to be up.
Host ipbd.domain.tld ( appears to be up.
Host cdekf.domain.tld ( appears to be up.
Host appears to be up.
Host appears to be up.
Host appears to be up.
Host appears to be up.
Host ainv.domain.tld ( appears to be up.
Host appears to be up.
Host appears to be up.
Host wzdkz.domain.tld ( appears to be up.
Nmap finished: 256 IP addresses (256 hosts up) scanned in 7.491 seconds
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    how can i learn the machine name? i get the hostnames as following: dhcp-186-241.abc.dk dhcp-186-250.abc.dk .... for example when i issue hostname on ubuntu terminal i get: infestor-pc but nmap shows my hostname as dhcp-186-250.abc.dk. is there a way to see the 'friendly' hostname?
    – şaloma
    Jun 22, 2010 at 20:37
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    No the only way would be to register computers name into the DNS
    – radius
    Jun 22, 2010 at 21:02

You can use the following command :

nmap -v -A $IP

Best and Fastest way to ping all Ips in Local Net is by disabling DNS reverse Resolution

Use :
NMAP -sn

this will scan all 255 hosts in IP range -

If you want a easily parse-able file

Use :
NMAP -sn -oG Name.txt


Since there is no given IP for the LAN we could assume it is 192.168 but that's not always the case, so the first thing is to discover our IP address and our subnet mask.

use ifconfig for this and use regexp to clean the results

Now assuming your Ip is and your mask is then you can scan 1-254 like so

nmap -sn 
nmap -sn

to see hostnames and MAC addresses also, then run this as root otherwise all the scans will run as a non-privileged user and all scans will have to do a TCP Connect (complete 3-way handshake) to get something. As root, you run Syn and don't have to finish the 3-way handshake.

This is basically what you need to answer your question and get what you wanted. There is a wealth of parameters but each serves a special purpose.


I've just noticed hostname. You can use a service discovery scan since it will execute several scripts(one of which is nbstat.nse) and will return hostnames. Don't expect to get the hostnames of all the machines that you scan.

nmap -sV target

or you can just run the specific nbstat.nse script and gain time and effort.

nmap -sU -p137 --script nbstat.nse target

nbstat.nse uses UDP port 137. In some cases you might also get the hostname from SNMP using the snmp-interfaces script but that will require UDP port 161 to be open.

nmap -sU -p161 --script snmp-interfaces.nse target
  1. Their is small difference in output, as normal user and root user
  2. Become root user
  3. And use the below code

nmap -sn ip/bits


I think you should run this:

sudo nmap -sU --script nbstat.nse -p137 10.10.10.*
  • This doesn't add anything over the existing answers, and moreover will only find Windows hosts with sharing enabled. Certainly more specific than the OP wanted.
    – Scott Pack
    Oct 24, 2012 at 14:40
  • Will still work with Network Sharing disabled. Only requires Network Discovery be enabled, which is the default for Private networks.
    – John Homer
    Sep 10, 2014 at 13:55

Try this : Example IP Range : -

nmap -sV -T4 -O 10.1.*.*

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