How to Run Traceroute on Mac?

How to Run and Use Traceroute on Mac?

Trace Route is a utility that records and displays the route through the Internet from your computer to a specified destination computer or server. Traceroute is useful when you are trying to diagnose the reasons why certain websites load slowly.


This utility sends a packet to a declared computer or server to count: 1) The number of hops and; 2) The time spent during each hop. Furthermore, Trace Route attempts to resolve some basic issues with the route to a specified computer or server (this is sometimes not possible due to a device's firewall).

Here, you'll learn how to run Traceroute Utility using a Network one and run Traceroute using the Terminal app.

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RunTraceroute Utility via Network Utility

You can use the Trace Route Utility, which is included in the Network Utility feature on macOS.

1. Access Network Utility using Spotlight - press Command and Spacebar in a new window- and enter Network Utility.


Alternatively, you can enter manually through the Applications folder under CoreServices - open Finder, from the finder menu at the top of the screen, choose Go and then select Go to folder. Type the route: /system/library/coreservices/applications/ and launch Network Utility.


2. Once Network Utility is launched, select the Traceroute tab and enter the domain name or IP (Internet Protocol) address of the preferred computer.
3. Click Trace and wait. This may take a few minutes.


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Use Terminal to perform Traceroute

1. Launch Terminal from the Utilities folder under Applications.
Alternatively, you can use Spotlight by pressing Command and Spacebar, type Terminal, and press Return.
2. Once Terminal is launched, type the command 'traceroute' and after a space, type a domain or IP address of the preferred server or computer, and then press Return.


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