Technology, Data Communication Terms, Glossary and Dictionary
Traceroute, originally written by Van Jacobson in 1988, is a TCP/IP utility which allows the user to determine the route packets taken to reach a particular host. The term traceroute now refers to both a utility and the output of the utility. Traceroute shows you the address and how long it takes to get to each hop in the path. It can be very useful for locating and detecting network congestion, failures, and other various troubleshooting issues.