RIPE Atlas is a global Internet measurement network made up of thousands of probes around the globe that provide open data for anyone to use.
What is RIPE Atlas?
The RIPE Atlas network collects information about connectivity and reachability, providing an unprecedented understanding about the state of the Internet in real time for the entire Internet community.
The project is run by the RIPE NCC, a neutral, not-for-profit organisation. Anyone can access RIPE Atlas maps, data and measurement results, and we’re continually adding new features and functionality.
Volunteers around the world host small hardware devices called probes, which collect data about Internet connectivity and reachability in real time.
How do probes work?
Probes perform pings, traceroutes and DNS queries to root nameservers, and the data they collect is open and accessible to everyone.
By hosting a probe, you'll be able to perform your own customised measurements using thousands of probes around the globe and gain valuable information about your own network – or you can simply plug it in and forget about it. Probes don't listen to any of your local, private traffic and are very secure.
You can help us expand the network by signing up and applying for one of these probes, free of charge, and plugging it in at your home or office.
You can use RIPE Atlas data to monitor your network and troubleshoot issues, analyse DNS infrastructure, test IPv6 connectivity and more. Find out what it can do for you.
Benefits and use cases
RIPE Atlas lets you test the reachability of your server from more than 8,000 locations around the world. You can also select these vantage points based on their geographical location, IPv4 or IPv6 probes, whether they’re located in a home or data centre, and many other variables.
Network operators, analysts and academic researchers use RIPE Atlas data in all sorts of other ways as well, from analysing anycast infrastructure to investigating outages and suspected route hijacking cases to analysing traffic paths. Some specific use cases include: