How to Run a Trace Route (Mac OS)

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Traceroute is a computer networking diagnostic tool which displays the path internet data takes from your computer to a specified destination, for example a website.


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.


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Running a Trace Route



Running a Trace Route

  1. Launch Network Utility
  2. Click Traceroute
    How to Run a Trace Route in Mac OSX
  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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