How to Test the Internet Connection of Ubuntu Server

By Kristen Waters

Updated September 28, 2017

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The "ping" command can be used to test an Internet connection on a Ubuntu Server or any Linux computer. This command requests a response from any computer on the Internet. You must have the IP address of a reliable server, such as An unreliable server may not be working at the time of the request, providing a false response. If the output of the command shows reply packets, you can be assured that your Internet connection is working.

Log into a terminal session.

Type the command "ping" (without quotation marks) to test the connection. The IP address "" resolves to

Check the output for reply packets.

Type "exit" to close the terminal session.