Traceroute is a handy tool to find out where exactly a request to a specific domain or IP address fails, especially in a system where there are multiple nodes and possible points of failure involved.
Here are instructions on how to perform a
traceroute check on different operating systems:
Mac OS is a UNIX-based operating system such as Linux. This means that you can perform a traceroute check exactly as in Linux
traceroute -I domain.com executed in a terminal window.
The other option is to go to the Applications folder > Utilities > Network Utility > Traceroute. Type the domain or IP address in the field under “Please enter the network address to trace an internet route to” and click Trace.
Open a terminal window and type
traceroute -I domain.com. The -I option is necessary so that the traceroute uses ICMP. You can also use traceroute with an IP, i.e.
traceroute -I 127.0.0.1
- Open Start menu
- Click Run
- Type cmd and press enter
- In the command prompt type
tracert domain.comand press enter
This will provide traceroute results from your computer to domain.com. You can also use tracert with an IP, i.e.