The purpose and the usage of Trace route on Mac OS


Most of us don’t know where and why we are losing  Network Connectivity. So Apple has introduced a feature to know about this troubleshoot with the help of Trace Route. I’m here to explain about the usage and the purpose of having TraceRoute on MacOS. Let ‘s get started.
Traceroute on Mac OS
Traceroute is an inbuilt feature on Mac OS which helps to trace and display the network route of an IP (Internet Protocol) address and measures the time duration of the packet transit. It helps to determine and analyze the internet routing issues such as Connectivity Problems.
How to use or perform Traceroute?
There are two ways to run Traceroute on Mac.

  1. By using Network Utility.
  2. By using Terminal.

How to run Traceroute using Network Utility?

  • On the Mac press, and hold Command +Space to use Spotlight Search.
  • Then type Network Utility in the search box.
  • Or you can search Network Utility via Finder to do that launch Finder -> Go ->Go to folder.
  • Then search the command: /System/Library/CoreServices/Applications/

Go to folder

  • From the Application, folder select Network Utility and then tap on Traceroute.
  • Next, enter an Internet address(IP address or site address) to trace the route and then tap on Trace to continue.
  • Now you can view the results of your site.

Network Utility using Finder
Another way:  Run Traceroute using Terminal

  • Launch Finder ->Go->Applications->Utilities->Terminal.

Terminal option

  • And enter the command Traceroute hostname (it is the name of the server that you are testing)
    • Eg: Traceroute wikipedia.org
  • It takes a few minutes to complete the process and to generate the connection between your computer and its destination.
  • Once after completion, you can view the results.

TraceRoute using Terminal
Note: * signs indicate Request Time Out and Trace Route shows the status for only one day, and not for the previous days.

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