MTR (My Traceroute) is a network diagnostic tool that combines the functionality of the traceroute and ping programs in a single network diagnostic tool. This guide will walk you through how to use MTR to provide a traceroute.

Step 1: Install MTR

MTR may not be installed on your system by default. Here's how to install it:

On Ubuntu/Debian:

Open a terminal and type:

sudo apt-get install mtr

Open a terminal and type:

sudo yum install mtr
On macOS:

If you have Homebrew installed, open a terminal and type:

brew install mtr

Step 2: Run MTR

To run MTR, open a terminal and type:

mtr <hostname or IP address>

Replace <hostname or IP address> with the hostname or IP address you want to trace.

For example, if you wanted to trace the route to, you would type:


Step 3: Interpret the Results

MTR will start running and display a live updated report. Each line of the report represents a hop in the route. Here's what the columns mean:

  • Host: The hostname and IP address of each hop.
  • Loss%: The percentage of packet loss at each hop.
  • Snt: The total number of packets sent to each hop.
  • Last/Avg/Best/Wrst/StDev: These columns show various timing statistics for the packets sent to each hop.

Step 4: Provide the Traceroute

You'll need to stop MTR and copy the results to provide the traceroute. Press Ctrl+C to stop MTR. Then, select the text in the terminal and copy it. You can then paste this text into an email, a support ticket, or any other form of communication.

Remember, MTR provides a live, ongoing traceroute, so the longer you leave it running, the more accurate the results will be. It's recommended to let MTR run for a few minutes before stopping it and copying the results.