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Installing MTR (My Traceroute) on Mac OS 10.8

MTR s a great command-line tool for figuring out where a network is having problems between you and a host you are trying to reach.

With each version of the Mac OS the tools required to use it move. Here are the pieces and steps I assembled from various points on the interwebs.

Gather the pieces you need.

  1. MTR is available for free from BitWizard: ftp://ftp.bitwizard.nl/mtr/
  2. You will also need the latest XCode which you can download via the App Store on your computer
  3. Open XCode and go to Preferences -> Downloads and install "Command Line Tools"


To get things to compile on a Mac your instructions will diverge from the README slightly. On the command line:

  1. export LDFLAGS="-lresolv"
  2. ./configure --prefix=/usr --without-gtk
  3. make
  4. sudo make install

BAM. You should be good to go. To try it out, type:

You should see a screen something like this:



Posted by Aaron R. Deutsch on December 28, 2012 3:20 PM

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