How to Perform Traceroute checks in Windows, Linux, and Mac OS?

Traceroute helps figure out the routing hops data go through, mapping how data transits the internet from the source to its destination. 

In addition, it tells the response delays as it travels across nodes.

For instance, when you connect to a website, the data goes through some devices like routers to get to its destination—a traceroute maps the transit pathway, device by device, and the time it took for each hop.

Unlike a ping that tells you if a server is reachable or not and the time it takes to transmit data, a traceroute maps the precise route and tells if a router can effectively transfer the data.

Traceroute is a robust network diagnostic tool for locating points of failure—the points obstructing seamless data transmission. 

Here’s how to run traceroute checks for the major operating systems (OS).


Running traceroute checks in Windows computer is intuitive and straightforward; follow these steps to get it done:

  • Press the Window key and R (WIN + R) together on your keyboard to open the Run window.
  • Select cmd from the drop-down and click OK to open the DOS command window.
  • Type this command tracert at the command prompt, of course, replacing with your domain name or IP address. 
  • Strike the Enter key to get it done.


To run traceroute check in Linux, use the keyboard shortcut  CTRL + ALT + T to open the Terminal window quickly. 

Kindly type this command traceroute -I at the command prompt, replacing with your domain name or IP address.

Now, press the Enter key to execute the command.

Mac OS

You can also run traceroute checks on your macOS computers via its Terminal app. To open the app, click on Applications > Utilities > Terminal app.

Now, execute this command traceroute at the command prompt, and don’t forget to replace with your domain name or IP address.

You could also run the check by taking this route Applications folder > Utilities > Network Utility > Traceroute to open the traceroute interface, enter your domain name or IP address to get it done.

Wrapping It Up

Traceroute and Tracert commands perform the same diagnostic functions. The only difference is the “traceroute” command works for Mac and Linux computers while “tracert” is the command for Windows.

If you have questions relating to performing traceroute or tracert checks, reach out to our support, and we’ll revert immediately.



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