GNU Alive

GNU Alive is a periodic ping program. It functions similarly to ‘ping -n -i PERIOD HOST’ (so if you are comfortable typing that at a shell prompt you probably do not need GNU Alive).

Historical Note: Older releases (up through 1.4.0) included auto-login functionality for some (Swedish) ISPs.

Download / News

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Latest release: 2.0.3 (2021-01-01)



Documentation for Alive is available online, as is documentation for most GNU software.  You may also find more information about Alive by running info alive or by looking at /usr/share/doc/alive/, /usr/local/doc/alive/, or similar directories on your system. 

Mailing Lists

Alive has the following mailing lists:

Announcements about Alive and most other GNU software are made on info-gnu (archive). 

Security reports that should not be made immediately public can be sent directly to the maintainer.  If there is no response to an urgent issue, you can escalate to the general security mailing list for advice. 

Getting involved

Development of Alive, and GNU in general, is a volunteer effort, and you can contribute.  For information, please read How to help GNU.  If you'd like to get involved, it's a good idea to join the discussion mailing list (see above). 

For development sources, issue trackers, and other information, please see the Alive project page at
Alive is currently being maintained by Thien-Thi Nguyen (tip jar).  Please use the mailing lists for contact. 


Alive is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.