How To Run Tracetcp In Windows and Linux

TraceTcp is mostly used by end users to test the TCP port connectivity. They do Tracetcp from windows command line, Tracetcp uses TCP SYN packets rather than ICMP/UDP packets that the usual implementations use, thus bypassing gateways that block traditional traceroute packets tracetcp.

To run Tracetcp in windows, two components are required- Wincap and Tracetcp.exe.

Wincap  allows applications to capture and transmit network packets bypassing the protocol stack, and Tracetcp is a application which runs TCP syn packets from the source machine.

Download Tracetcp and Wincap

  1. Download Wincap and install.
  2. Download Tracetcp.exe

Extracting Tracetcp zip file

  • extract the zip file first
  • copy the software tracetcp.exe in the C: Drive
  • Install Winpcap software in the system
  • Then open the command Prompt and root to C: by using below command.
    C:\Users\username>cd\

run tracetcp

Use Below Commands to run tracetcp

tracetcp.exe hostname:port
or
tracetcp.exe ip:port

eg-

C:\>tracetcp.exe google.com:443
Tracing route to 172.217.26.238 [bom05s09-in-f14.1e100.net] on port 443
Over a maximum of 30 hops.
1 2 ms 3 ms 1 ms 10.222.200.2
2 1 ms 1 ms 2 ms 144.36.206.2
3 4 ms 8 ms 2 ms 115.110.236.89 [115.110.236.89.static.bangalore.vsnl.net.in]

or using IP

C:\>tracetcp.exe 8.8.8.8:443
Tracing route to 8.8.8.8 [google-public-dns-a.google.com] on port 443
Over a maximum of 30 hops.
1 1 ms 1 ms 0 ms 10.222.200.2
2 2 ms 1 ms 2 ms 144.36.206.2
3 4 ms 5 ms 3 ms 115.110.236.89 [115.110.236.89.static.bangalore.vsnl.net.in]

 

Linux and OSX

tcptraceroute is included by default in most Unix based distributions. On OSX you will need to install it via homebrew (http://brew.sh/) by running the following command

brew install tcptraceroute

Command syntax:

tcptraceroute hostname port

Example:

sudo tcptraceroute api.opendns.com 443

NOTE:  On some operating systems like OS X you may need to run tcptraceroute as root.  We’ve included ‘sudo’ in the example commands below to do that.

admin-0369:Tools admin$ sudo tcptraceroute api.opendns.com 443
Selected device en0, address 192.168.10.63, port 60749 for outgoing packets
Tracing the path to api.opendns.com (67.215.92.210) on TCP port 443 (https), 30 hops max
 1 192.168.10.254 1.893 ms 1.787 ms 1.123 ms
 2 * * *
 3 te-0-7-0-11-sur02.lowell.ma.boston.comcast.net (68.85.161.117) 11.768 ms 36.209 ms 11.473 ms
 4 be-21-ar01.needham.ma.boston.comcast.net (68.85.106.45) 14.006 ms 12.382 ms 21.340 ms
 5 be-7015-cr01.newyork.ny.ibone.comcast.net (68.86.90.217) 40.690 ms 67.974 ms 41.689 ms
 6 ae12.edge1.newyork2.level3.net (4.68.127.1) 42.198 ms 19.511 ms 22.600 ms
 7 ae-32-80.car2.sanjose1.level3.net (4.69.152.132) 121.049 ms 130.360 ms 125.898 ms
 8 ae-32-80.car2.sanjose1.level3.net (4.69.152.132) 124.555 ms 139.251 ms 136.524 ms
 9 open-dns-in.car2.sanjose1.level3.net (4.28.12.198) 86.392 ms 99.180 ms 88.102 ms
10 vlan130.fw1.sjc.opendns.com (67.215.78.6) 89.775 ms 88.160 ms 90.077 ms
11 api.opendns.com (67.215.92.210) [open] 126.455 ms 87.454 ms 89.881 ms

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