How To Fix “bash: ping: command not found” In Ubuntu Docker Containers

1 min readOct 17, 2021

Even though it happens rarely, sometimes, still we need to use the ping command in our Docker containers. The problem with the Ubuntu Docker image is, it is not exactly similar to the regular Ubuntu desktop or server releases that we use in our PCs and servers. That means the official Ubuntu Docker image comes with bare minimum packages installed. So, unfortunately, famous tools like ping and ifconfig (learn how to install) commands will not be there right after we created a container using the official Ubuntu image. But we can easily install the ping command with the following commands.

First, we need to update the local repository of our Docker Ubuntu container.

apt-get update

Then install the ping command. It comes with the iputils-ping package.

apt-get install iputils-ping

After that, you will be able to use the ping command as you normally used it.


Use the following command to see more available options that you can use with the ping command.

ping -h

Originally published at on October 17, 2021.