How to Run a Traceroute

Traceroute is a tool used to identify the route packets take from one device to another across one or more networks. Traceroute is installed by default Mac OS, Linux, and Windows systems. Distil support may request that you provide the output from a traceroute in order to determine which Distil node your traffic is routing through. Running a traceroute is easy!


  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Click Run.
  3. Type "cmd" and click OK to open a command prompt.
  4. At the prompt, type "tracert {}" and press Enter.

To copy the traceroute output from Windows cmd, right-click anywhere in the window and select Mark. Press Enter to select and copy all of the output. You can also use your mouse to select the text you want to copy and then right-click the selected text with your mouse to copy to your clipboard. Paste the copied text by hitting CTRL + V on your keyboard.

Linux or Mac via Terminal

  1. Open a terminal window
  2. Type "traceroute {}" at the prompt and press Enter.

Mac OS (GUI)

  1. Navigate to Applications > Utilities > Network Utility > Traceroute
  2. Type the domain or IP address in the appropriate input field and select Trace.
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