show network status
netstat command shows various aspects
of network status. The default display shows information about all active
network connections and sockets.
The first form of the command displays a list of active sockets
for each protocol. The second form displays per-interface statistics for the
specified wireless (802.11) device. The third form displays statistics
related to memory use. The fourth form displays per-interface statistics.
The fifth form continuously displays the information regarding packet
traffic on the configured network interfaces. The sixth form displays
per-protocol statistics. The seventh form shows information related to
multicast routing. The eighth form displays information about routing
domains. The ninth form displays information about routing tables. The final
form displays internals of the protocol control block (PCB) and the socket
structure. The forms are shown in order of precedence: for example, if
-rg is specified, then
ignored in favour of
The options are as follows:
- Show the address of any protocol control blocks associated with sockets;
useful for debugging e.g. with the
-Pflag. When used with the
-rflag, it shows the internal addresses of the routing table. Only the super-user can see these addresses; unprivileged users will see them as 0x0.
- With the default display, show the state of all sockets; normally sockets used by server processes are not shown.
- With the default display, show buffer sizes for TCP sockets. This includes the send window size, receive window size and congestion window size.
- With the interface display (options
-i), show bytes in and out, instead of packet statistics.
- Display count updates, then exit. This option has no
-wis specified as well.
- With either the interface display (options
-i) or an interval (option
-w), show only the number of dropped packets.
- With either the interface display (options
-i) or an interval (option
-w), show only the number of errors on the interface.
- When showing routes, only show routes whose gateway are in the same address family as the destination.
- Limit statistics or address control block reports to those of the
The following address families are recognized:
Address Family Constant Description
IP Version 4
IP Version 6
Local to Host (i.e., pipes)
- Use unit suffixes to reduce the number of digits shown with the
- Show information related to multicast (group address) routing. By default,
show the IP multicast virtual-interface and routing tables. If the
-soption is also present, show multicast routing statistics.
- Show information about the specified interface; used with a wait interval as described below.
- Show the state of interfaces which have been auto-configured (interfaces statically configured into a system but not located at boot-time are not shown).
- With the default display, show only listening sockets. With the
-goption, display wider fields for the IPv6 multicast routing table "Origin" and "Group" columns.
- Extract values associated with the name list from the specified core instead of the running kernel.
- Show statistics recorded by the memory management routines (the network manages a private pool of memory buffers).
- Extract the name list from the specified system instead of the running kernel.
- Show network addresses as numbers (normally
netstatinterprets addresses and attempts to display them symbolically). This option may be used with any of the display formats.
- Display the contents of the protocol control block (PCB) located at the
kernel virtual address pcbaddr. PCB addresses can be
obtained using the
-Aflag. When used with the
-voption, also print socket, domain and protocol specific structures. Only the super-user can use the
-Poption requires the ability to open /dev/kmem which may be restricted based upon the value of the kern.allowkmem sysctl(8).
- Restrict the output to protocol, which is either a
well-known name for a protocol or an alias for it. Some protocol names and
aliases are listed in the file /etc/protocols. The
program will complain if protocol is unknown. If the
-soption is specified, the per-protocol statistics are displayed. Otherwise the states of the matching sockets are shown.
- Only show interfaces that have seen packets (or bytes if
- List all rdomains with associated interfaces and routing tables.
- Show the routing tables. The output is explained in more detail below. If
-soption is also specified, show routing statistics instead. When used with the
-voption, also print routing labels.
- Show per-protocol statistics. If this option is repeated, counters with a value of zero are suppressed.
- Select an alternate routing table to query. The default is to use the current routing table.
- With the
-ioption, display the current value of the watchdog timer function.
- Limit statistics or address control block reports to the
- Show extra (verbose) detail for the routing tables
-r), or avoid truncation of long addresses. When used with the
-Poption, also print socket, domain and protocol specific structures.
- (IEEE 802.11 devices only) Show per-interface IEEE 802.11 wireless statistics.
- Show network interface statistics at intervals of wait seconds.
Address formats are of the form “host.port” or
“network.port” if a socket's address specifies a network but
no specific host address. When known, the host addresses are displayed
symbolically according to the
hosts(5) database. If a symbolic name for an address is unknown, or
-n option is specified, the address is
printed numerically, according to the address family.
For more information regarding the Internet “dot format”, refer to inet_ntop(3). Unspecified or “wildcard” addresses and ports appear as a single ‘*’. If a local port number is registered as being in use for RPC by portmap(8), its RPC service name or RPC service number will be printed in “” immediately after the port number.
The interface display provides a table of cumulative statistics regarding packets transferred, errors, and collisions. The network addresses of the interface and the maximum transmission unit (MTU) are also displayed.
The routing table display indicates the available routes and their status. Each route consists of a destination host or network and a gateway to use in forwarding packets. If the destination is a network in numeric format, the netmask (in /24 style format) is appended. The flags field shows a collection of information about the route stored as binary choices. The individual flags are discussed in more detail in the route(8) and route(4) manual pages.
The mapping between letters and flags is:
||Protocol specific routing flag #1.|
||Protocol specific routing flag #2.|
||Protocol specific routing flag #3.|
||Just discard pkts (during updates).|
||Correspond to a local broadcast address.|
||Generate new routes on use.|
||Cloned routes (generated from RTF_CLONING).|
||Created dynamically (by redirect).|
||Completed (for routing messages only).|
||Destination requires forwarding by intermediary.|
||Host entry (net otherwise).|
||Referenced by gateway route.|
||Valid protocol to link address translation.|
||Correspond to a local address.|
||Modified dynamically (by redirect).|
||Correspond to a multicast address.|
||Host or net unreachable.|
Direct routes are created for each interface attached to the local host; the gateway field for such entries shows the address of the outgoing interface. The refcnt field gives the current number of active uses of the route. Connection oriented protocols normally hold on to a single route for the duration of a connection while connectionless protocols obtain a route while sending to the same destination. The use field provides a count of the number of packets sent using that route. The MTU entry shows the MTU associated with that route. This MTU value is used as the basis for the TCP maximum segment size (MSS). The ‘L’ flag appended to the MTU value indicates that the value is locked, and that path MTU discovery is turned off for that route. A ‘-’ indicates that the MTU for this route has not been set, and a default TCP maximum segment size will be used. The interface entry indicates the network interface utilized for the route.
netstat is invoked with the
-w option and a wait interval
argument, it displays a running count of statistics related to network
interfaces. An obsolescent version of this option used a numeric parameter
with no option, and is currently supported for backward compatibility. This
display consists of a column for the primary interface (the first interface
found during autoconfiguration) and a column summarizing information for all
interfaces. The primary interface may be replaced with another interface
-I option. The first line of each screen of
information contains a summary since the system was last rebooted.
Subsequent lines of output show values accumulated over the preceding
fstat(1), nfsstat(1), ps(1), systat(1), tcpbench(1), top(1), inet_ntop(3), netintro(4), route(4), hosts(5), protocols(5), services(5), iostat(8), portmap(8), pstat(8), route(8), tcpdrop(8), trpt(8), vmstat(8)
netstat command appeared in
4.2BSD. IPv6 support was added by the WIDE/KAME
The notion of errors is ill-defined.