How to Run a Trace Route on Windows, MAC or Linux


Trace route shows you the route (path) that was used to connect you to the IP address or hostname. 

Windows
You can perform a trace route in Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 when you go to 
“Start”, type in “CMD” and press enter. Command prompt should display a black box and you type “tracert domain.com” in the box replacing domain.com with your domain name or IP address.

MAC
To perform a trace route in Mac you need to open Terminal. You can open Terminal by going to 
“Applications”, then “Utilities” and double clicking on “Terminal”. Once open type in “traceroute domain.com” replacing domain.com with your domain name or IP address.

Linux
To perform a trace route in Linux open Terminal and type in “traceroute domain.com” replacing domain.com with your domain name or IP address. If you do not have trace route installed you may need to install it. For example in Ubuntu the command to install trace route is “sudo apt-get install traceroute”.

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