Traceroute is a network diagnostic method where a packet is sent to a destination. The traceroute software reports the location and travel time of each hop the packet makes as it travels from device to device on the intermediate network. An example of a program that performs a traceroute is the tracert command in Microsoft Windows, or traceroute command in Linux, macOS, and BSD.
Example of a traceroute
The following is an example of a traceroute performed by the Windows tracert command. The text output, displayed below, lists each of the hops a packet travels to arrive at the Computer Hope server (computerhope.com).
Tracing route to computerhope.com [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 po-101.sandy.ut.utah.comcast.net [2001:558:102:2060::1] 3 9 ms 9 ms 9 ms be-5-ar01.saltlakecity.ut.utah.comcast.net [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.