Category Archives: How to know if the web server is Windows or Linux based

How to know if the web server is Windows or Linux based

1) Goto the link below and find the IP Address of the website you want to gather information about. You may do this by writing its name in the Get IP box
(This step was optional just to tell you that it can be done this way also):-P
2)Goto run->type CMD

IN CMD type
ping Target _Website_Name . For Eg- ping

ping target_website/computer_ip_address . For Eg:-

Now you will see several ping requests coming

Ping Google Server

We Are interested in seeing the TTL time which you can see at the end of each request in ping.
1) If TTL <64 then the server is Linux based
2) If TTL>64 but <128 then the server is Windows bsaed
3) TTL>128 Mac and others.
From the above screenshot, it is clear that the servers of google are linux based.

Note:- In some Cases you may not get ping replies ( Eg. you try it on your friend’s PC ). Now This can have two reasons, The server is down ie.. The machine is not connected to internet. Else the most common reason, The Firewall is protecting that PC and is not allowing your request to access that system.