A FREE Open-Source and Cross-Platform Network Scanner

Today I want to share with you a portable network tool, called Angry IP Scanner, that I used on a daily basis, for legitimate purposes, to scan (and ping) a range of IP addresses and ports to tell me what devices and computers (hosts) on my network were up and running. If the host was alive, the result indicator would be blue and if the host was dead the result indicator would be red. This utility saved me a lot of time in troubleshooting network issues. Today, I no longer manage a network; however, this little tool is still with me to scan the network in my home.

Angry IP Scanner

Angry IP Scanner is a very fast IP address and port scanner that can provide a wealth of information regarding the pinged hosts.

It can scan IP addresses in any range as well as any their ports. It is cross-platform and lightweight. Not requiring any installations, it can be freely copied and used anywhere.

Angry IP scanner simply pings each IP address to check if it’s alive, then optionally it is resolving its hostname, determines the MAC address, scans ports, etc. The amount of gathered data about each host can be extended with plugins.

It also has additional features, like NetBIOS information (computer name, workgroup name, and currently logged in Windows user), favorite IP address ranges, web server detection, customizable openers, etc.

Scanning results can be saved to CSV, TXT, XML or IP-Port list files. With help of plugins, Angry IP Scanner can gather any information about scanned IPs. Anybody who can write Java code is able to write plugins and extend functionality of Angry IP Scanner.

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