How to run a Traceroute (Mac OS)

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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. 

 

  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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