How to run a traceroute

Applies to:
Domains
Professional Hosting
Business Hosting
Reseller Hosting
VPS Hosting
Dedicated Servers
WordPress Hosting

Difficulty:
Easy

Time Needed:
10 minutes

Introduction

This is a quick step-by-step guide to performing a traceroute command. Traceroutes are useful for determining if network issues are causing connection problems for you.


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How to traceroute on Windows


Step 1

Click on the 'Start' button

When running Windows, click on the start button (or the Widows icon), usually located at the bottom left of the screen.

Click on the 'start' button

Step 2

Choose 'All Programs'

On the start menu, choose 'All Programs' from the list of options. Then click on the option labelled 'Accessories'

Choose 'All Programs'

Step 3

Select 'Run'

After you have clicked on 'Accessories', you will be presented with a list of applications. Choose 'Run' from the list of icons.

Select 'Run'

Step 4

Run 'cmd'

Then type the following into the text field:

cmd

Then click 'OK'.

Run 'cmd'

Step 5

Run the command

This will bring up your command prompt. Simply enter the following to run a traceroute for a domain of choice, and hit enter.

tracecert yourdomain.com

Once you have run your command, the traceroute will begin. Each new line (or HOP) represents a different computer or network used to access the domain you have chosen to traceroute. On Each HOP there will be three durations (in milliseconds), along with the domain name of that device and its IP address. The more HOPs there are, the more routers the packet traveled through.

Run the command

How to traceroute on OS X


Step 1

Choose 'Go'

When running OS X, click on the Finder icon, then choose 'Go' from the menu bar.

Choose 'Go'

Step 2

Open 'Utilities'

From the drop down menu, select 'Utilities'.

Open 'Utilities'

Step 3

Select 'Terminal'

This will then open the 'Utilities' settings. Locate the icon labelled 'Terminal', and double click on it.

Open 'Utilities'

Step 4

Run the command

This will bring up your command prompt. Simply enter the following to run a traceroute for a domain of choice, and hit enter.

traceroute yourdomain.com

Once you have run your command, the traceroute will begin. Each new line (or HOP) represents a different computer or network used to access the domain you have chosen to traceroute. On Each HOP there will be three durations (in milliseconds), along with the domain name of that device and its IP address. The more HOPs there are, the more routers the packet traveled through.

Run the command

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