# How can I query an NTP server under Windows?

I am not interested in synchronizing my local clock with the remote server. I only want to query it and print the result.

I would have assumed that there is a port of ntpq for Windows, but was unable to find any.

All other NTP clients I could find, they always want to install themselves as a service or make it otherwise clear that they want to synchronize my local time.

C:\> w32tm /stripchart /computer:foo
Tracking foo [1.2.3.4].
The current time is 19/07/2012 17:39:48 (local time).
17:39:48 d:-00.0000840s o:-25.3004160s  [@                          |                           ]
17:39:50 d:-00.0000680s o:-25.3070080s  [@                          |                           ]
17:39:52 d:-00.0000690s o:-25.2987405s  [@                          |                           ]
17:39:54 d:-00.0000680s o:-25.3071530s  [@                          |                           ]
17:39:56 d:-00.0000690s o:-25.2993985s  [@                          |                           ]
17:39:58 d:-00.0000680s o:-25.3070270s  [@                          |                           ]


Wireshark shows NTP packets being generated by this. Some versions of w32tm have a /query option

C:\>w32tm /stripchart /computer:us.pool.ntp.org /dataonly /samples:5
Tracking us.pool.ntp.org [208.87.221.228:123].
Collecting 5 samples.
The current time is 19/07/2012 18:36:32.
18:36:32, +03.3575094s
18:36:34, +03.3573679s
18:36:37, +03.3572986s
18:36:39, +03.3570290s
18:36:41, +03.3565357s

• To my understanding the /query is to query configuration parameters. I used it all day :D – Der Hochstapler Jul 19 '12 at 17:26
• This is perfect. Exactly what I needed. Thanks :) – Der Hochstapler Jul 19 '12 at 17:27
• I don't know if this works as expected, because I receive a valid time whatever I put as computer value. – Ozkan Jul 12 '18 at 9:39
• @Ozkan ask a question 1) quoting what you saw and explaining 2) what you expected to see instead and 3) why. – RedGrittyBrick Jul 12 '18 at 11:02

Bytefusion's ntpquery seems to be incredibly old, but works. Sadly, it requires initial installation, but the application files will work fine when copied to another system.

• Installation not needed: open in 7-Zip, extract ntpquery.exe, and use as-is. – DrMoishe Pippik Aug 7 '20 at 21:17

The latest and greatest NTP check tool I could find was this: https://www.galsys.co.uk/categories/ntp-server-checker.html