How To: Trace Route (MAC OS X)

Summary

This article provides instructions on performing a traceroute on a Mac OS X computer.

 

How-To

Mac OS X has a command-line utility for performing a trace route called "traceroute". A traceroute is a network map of connection points to get from one location, usually your device to another location (e.g. www.unh.edu ). The traceroute measures the turn-by-turn steps (or hops) and associated time to complete the trace.

 

Task: To perform a traceroute on a Mac OS X computer.

 

Instructions

Step 1 - Open a Terminal window. Terminal can be found by opening the Finder, select Applications and Utilities. To open a terminal session, double-click on "Terminal.app".

 

Step 2 - Inside the Terminal application, the traceroute command is "traceroute" and the specified target (i.e. www.unh.edu ). The command will output the results of the traceroute to the screen.

 

Step 3 - To copy this result simple highlight and copy (Command (?) C). You may also export the results of the trace route directly to a file on your computer. The example below outputs the trace route results to the file "traceroute_results.txt" on the user's Desktop.

 

The resulting file will include the same trace route information that is displayed on the screen in the previous step.

 

Outcome

You have performed a traceroute on a MAC OS X computer.

 

Further Readings

How To: Trace Route (Windows)

How To: Nslookup (Mac OS X)

How-To: NSLookup (Windows)

 

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Article ID: 774
Created
Fri 7/19/19 5:36 PM
Modified
Wed 10/19/22 3:52 PM