How to perform traceroute checks in Windows, Linux and Mac OS?

Below you will find instructions on how to perform a traceroute check based on the operating system of your computer.

Note that in our examples you will need to replace yourdomain.com with your actual domain name.

  • Windows

For Windows 7 and older:

Open Start menu -> Click Run -> Type cmd and press Enter.

In the command prompt type tracert yourdomain.com and press Enter.

For Windows 8.x and newer:

Use the search window, type command prompt and click on the Command Prompt result.

Type tracert yourdomain.com and press Enter.

This will provide traceroute results from your computer to yourdomain.com. You can also use tracert with an IP, i.e. tracert 1.2.3.4

For more information on how to copy and paste the traceroute results, please check this article.

  • Mac OS

You need to open up Terminal, located under Applications -> Utilities -> Terminal and type:

traceroute yourdomain.com and press Enter.

Alternatively, you can go to the Applications folder -> Utilities -> Network Utility -> Traceroute and specify your domain or IP address.

You can also use traceroute with an IP, i.e. traceroute 1.2.3.4

  • Linux

Open a Terminal window and type:

traceroute -I yourdomain.com

The -I option is necessary so that the traceroute uses ICMP. You can also use traceroute with an IP, i.e. traceroute -I 1.2.3.4