p4 ping


Test network performance.


p4 [g-opts] ping [-f] [-p pausetime] [-c count] [-t transmittime] [-i iterations] [-s sendsize] [-r receivesize]


p4 ping simulates Perforce network traffic by sending messages from the versioning service to the Perforce application and back, and times the round trips. Round-trip times are reported in milliseconds. Because the round-trip time is typically too fast to measure for a single message, you can specify a message count per test.


-c count

Number of messages per test.

-t transmittime

Transmit data for transmittime (maximum 6,000) seconds.

-i iterations

Repeat the test for the specified number of iterations.


Flood mode: the service transmits continuously, sending the next message without waiting for the Perforce application to confirm receipt of the prior message.

-p pausetime

Pause for pausetime seconds between tests, up to 120 seconds. To disable pausing, specify a pausetime of 0.

-s sendsize

Size of the service-to-user message, up to a maximum value of 10,000,000 bytes.

-r receivesize

Size of the user-to-service message, up to a maximum value of 100,000 bytes.


See the “Global Options” section.

Usage Notes

Can File Arguments Use Revision Specifier?

Can File Arguments Use Revision Range?

Minimal Access Level Required




  • Like the operating system's counterpart, p4 ping can flood the network with traffic.