Learn how to run a Traceroute on a MacOS. Traceroute is a computer networking diagnostic tool that displays the path internet data takes from your computer to a specified destination, for example, a website.

How to run a Trace Route

Internet data is broken into small pieces by your computer before sending it to its destination, these small pieces are often referred to as packets.  In modern computer networks, a packet can take many different paths to its destination.  The purpose of performing a traceroute is to discover the path packets are taking. 

Performing a Traceroute can help troubleshoot Internet connection problems such as packet loss or delays in data being transferred.

Follow these steps to run a traceroute on a Mac operating system. 

  1. Launch Network Utility
  2. Click Traceroute 165793_tracert


  3. Enter the domain name for which you want to perform a traceroute
  4. Click Trace
  5. Select the results, and then right-click and select Copy or press Command + C to copy the test.
  6. Paste the text into a text editor and save the file.

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