I am using a loop and this command to display my ping result in a text file:

ping.exe -n 1 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx>> trace.txt

The result is 8 lines of code!

Pinging xxxxx [xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx] with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=125

Ping statistics for xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:

Packets: Sent = 1, Received = 1, Lost = 0 (0% loss),

Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:

Minimum = 0ms, Maximum = 0ms, Average = 0ms

I just would like to display the last line as I don't want a huge text file as result.

The perfect result would be:

Ping 11oct2011 16h56 : Minimum = 0ms, Maximum = 0ms, Average = 0ms

3 Answers 3


sounds you would like tail.

ping test_server | tail -n 1

I got it with cygwin.


With just cmd.exe from Windows 7, the following command should be able to achieve your expected output:

for /f "delims=" %a in ('ping -n 1 INSERTIPHERE ^| find "Minimum"') do @echo %TIME% %DATE% %a >> ping.txt

The output would be:

18:22:24.45 11/10/2011 Minimum = 13ms, Maximum = 13ms, Average = 13ms


I like @bdecaf's answer, but prefer more useful output.

$ ping svcuat1.ec2 | sed '/PING/!d;N;s/\n/, /'
PING svcuat1.ec2 ( 56 data bytes, 64 bytes from icmp_seq=0 ttl=63 time=91.171 ms

What it does is:

  • "Not delete" (!d) the lines matching PING (meaning delete the rest)
  • Append the next line of input to the pattern space N
  • Swap the newline char with a comma and space s/\n/, /

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