Microsoft DOS tracert command

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About tracert
Availability
Syntax
Examples

About tracert

The tracert command is used to visually see a network packet being sent and received and the amount of hops required for that packet to get to its destination.

Users with Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows XP who need additional information network latency and network loss should also consider using the pathping command.

Availability

The tracert.exe command is an external command that is available in the below Microsoft operating systems.

MS-DOS 6.2
Windows 95
Windows 98
Windows ME
Windows NT
Windows 2000
Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows 7
Windows 8

Syntax

Windows Vista, 7, and 8 syntax
Windows XP and lower syntax

Windows Vista, 7, and 8 syntax

tracert [-d] [-h maximum_hops] [-j host-list] [-w timeout] [-R] [-S srcaddr] [-4] [-6] target_name

Options:

-d Do not resolve addresses to hostnames.
-h maximum_hops Maximum number of hops to search for target.
-j host-list Loose source route along host-list (IPv4-only).
-w timeout Wait timeout milliseconds for each reply.
-R Trace round-trip path (IPv6-only).
-S srcaddr Source address to use (IPv6-only).
-4 Force using IPv4.
-6 Force using IPv6.

Windows XP and lower syntax

tracert [-d] [-h maximum_hops] [-j host-list] [-w timeout] target_name

Options:

-d Do not resolve addresses to hostnames.
-h maximum_hops Maximum number of hops to search for target.
-j host-list Loose source route along host-list.
-w timeout Wait timeout milliseconds for each reply.

Examples

Below is an example when we used tracert on www.computerhope.com. As you can see in the example below, we had a very short list and time to get to its destination because of the location we are.

tracert computerhope.com

1 169 ms 190 ms 160 ms slc1-tc.xmission.com [166.70.1.20]
2 159 ms 160 ms 190 ms cisco0-tc.xmission.com [166.70.1.1]
3 165 ms 189 ms 159 ms www.computerhope.com [166.70.10.23]

Additional information

  • See our trace definition for further information and related links on this term.