I tried using the
ping command on a
https page, but the message says that
ping could not find the host. Is there some issue regarding
The answer to your question (Can you get a reply from a HTTPS site using the Ping command?) is Yes, you can, as long as ICMP replies are enabled on the HTTPS site provider. However, it has nothing to do with HTTP or HTTPS:
Ping operates by sending Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) echo request packets to the target host and waiting for an ICMP response. In the process it measures the time from transmission to reception (round-trip time)1 and records any packet loss. The results of the test are printed in form of a statistical summary of the response packets received, including the minimum, maximum, and the mean round-trip times, and sometimes the standard deviation of the mean.
You can test with "cmd" (Windows Start button / type cmd in the search box, open "cmd.exe"), then with ping:
If you try to ping a HTTP URL, such it follows:
You will get the same error that you would get when trying to ping a HTTPS based URL:
(An error something like that ping cant reach the requested address will appear on both attempts).
ping works at a much lower level than HTTP or HTTPS, and only accepts hostnames, not URLs. For example:
tcping - simulate "ping" over tcp by establishing a connection to network hosts. tcping at application level will send SYN, waiting for ACK, closing with FIN ACK
C:\>tcping google.com 443 Probing 22.214.171.124:443/tcp - Port is open - time=19.787ms Probing 126.96.36.199:443/tcp - Port is open - time=20.487ms Probing 188.8.131.52:443/tcp - Port is open - time=24.494ms Control-C Ping statistics for 184.108.40.206:443 3 probes sent. 3 successful, 0 failed. Approximate trip times in milli-seconds: Minimum = 19.787ms, Maximum = 24.494ms, Average = 21.589ms
You can issue a HEAD request with OpenSSL:
openssl s_client -quiet -connect github.com:443 <<eof HEAD / HTTP/1.1 Connection: close Host: github.com eof
Note that you can also use "HTTP/2", but be careful because some servers (e.g. github.com) do not support it.
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