Updated: 05/21/2018 by Computer Hope

Traceroute is a method of sending a packet and tracing the packet from its starting to ending location and showing each of the hops required to get to that location. An example of a program capable of doing this is tracert used in Microsoft Windows and other operating systems.

Example of a traceroute

Below is an example of a traceroute done using the Windows command line command tracert and each of the hops that are made to get to the Computer Hope server ( In this example, there are IPv6 addresses and hostnames on lines 2 and 3.


Tracing route to [2400:cb00:2048:1::6814:3876]
over a maximum of 30 hops:

1   1 ms   1 ms  2 ms  2601:671:8280:1820:2e85:69ff:fe9b:3639
2  10 ms  11 ms  9 ms [2001:558:102:2060::1]
3   9 ms   9 ms  9 ms [2001:558:100:22::1]
4   9 ms   9 ms  9 ms  2001:558:fe0b:a::a
5  14 ms   9 ms  8 ms  2400:cb00:2048:1::6814:3876

Trace complete.

Related pages

ICMP, Network terms, Trace