Trace Route

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Trace Routes

Trace Route (traceroute) is a computer network diagnostic tool for displaying the route (Path) and measuring transit delays of packets across an Internet Protocol (IP) network.


For the examples below is you actual domain name


  • Open up the Terminal
    • Open up Appliations >> Utilities >> Terminal
  • Type
  • Review your results or take a screenshot.

Reverse Traceroute on Mac

Doing a traceroute on the Mac for an IP will still perform the traceroute, but it will not give you the Reverse Name like a Windows machine will.

Instead, to find the Reverse DNS Name for an IP use host like:


Windows OS

  • Click Start
  • For Windows XP Click Run and Type cmd -
  • Windows 7 users type cmd and hit enter
  • In the command prompt type

Screen Shot

If you are requested to take a screen shot of your trace route please follow these steps.

Step 1 Make sure the cmd line/terminal window is "active" by clicking on it, then press CTRL + ALT + Print Screen at the same time.

Step 2 Open up a graphic editing software like (MS Paint or even Adobe Photoshop). In Windows, you can access paint from Accessories in All Programs.

Step 3 Now in Paint (or equivalent), hit Edit, Paste and you should now have a image of your trace route.

Step 4 Now save this image to a file. Typically that means File, Save As.... Give it a filename you'll remember. I'd also suggest selecting either a JPEG or PNG file format instead of the default bitmap; they're smaller.