How to run traceroute command

Traceroute command shows how fast information is passed through Internet servers when you open a website in a browser. Sometimes, you can use it to determine why your website loads slowly.

To run traceroute, open the command line window.

On Windows, select “Run” in the “Start” menu, enter cmd in the pop-up window, and press “Enter”.

Then enter the command shown below for your operating system and press “Enter”:

  • Windows
    tracert domain name or IP address
  • Mac OS
    traceroute domain name or IP address
  • Linux
    mtr domain name or IP address

How the results of a traceroute command might look on your computer:

The right-hand column contains server addresses. On the left is shown the time required for information to pass through each of them. If an asterisk (*) or a question mark (?) is shown instead of a time value, then there must be troubles for information passing through a specific server.

More on traceroute command on Wikipedia.


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