Learn how to run a Traceroute on a MacOS. 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. Performing a Traceroute can help troubleshoot Internet connection problems such as packet loss or delays in data being transferred.
How to run a Traceroute
Follow these steps to run a traceroute on a Mac operating system.
- Launch Network Utility
- Click Traceroute
- Enter the domain name for which you want to perform a traceroute
- Click Trace
- Select the results, and then right-click and select Copy or press Command + C to copy the test.
- Paste the text into a text editor and save the file.
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