MTR combines the purpose of
ping and tracert/traceroute. MTR visualizes performance and latency issues across every machine, or hop, between your local machine and the destination.
MTR can help answer the following questions:
- Is my server slow?
- If the issue isn’t my server, which hop is?
- Does a hop have intermittent packet loss?
- Do I need to change my server location to improve the user experience (UX) for my target audience?
MTR is unlikely to be pre-installed on your local machine. Below we cover:
- How to Install MTR on Your Computer or Server
- How to Use MTR
- MTR from the server
- WinMTR for Windows
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How to Install MTR
Install MTR on Linux
MTR on Debian/Ubuntu
apt-get install mtr
MTR on Fedora/CentOS
yum install mtr
MTR on Arch/Manjaro
pacman -S mtr
Install MTR on macOS
Install MTR on BSD
pkg install mtr
How to use MTR
During the scan you have the following options:
- Help – View command options for the current MTR test
- Display mode – Change how packet and ping statistics are shown
- Restart statistics – Restart the test
- Order of fields – Change the order of available columns (press Enter to exit)
- quit – Stop MTR
You can copy the results at any time. We recommend waiting until you’ve sent at least 50 packets to get a clear understanding.
If you need to share the results with others (e.g. our Live support), add
-crw and an output option for easier archival.
mtr -rw yourdomain.com -c 100
--report-cycles– Set how many pings are sent to test reliability of each hop (each cycle lasts one second)
--report– Run the test in the background and print the results once complete
--report-wide– Ensure full hostnames are present in results instead of
MTR will stop after 10 sent packets if you don’t specify a number with
To output MTR results to a CSV file:
mtr -rwC yourdomain.com -c 100 > mtr-results.csv
--csv(separator is a semi-colon “;”)
MTR from the Server
To better understand network performance issues, you can install MTR on your web server and run it against your local machine.
If the local machine is on a Small Office / Home Office (SOHO) network, you may need to ensure ICMP Ping is enabled on the local router.
Install WinMTR on Windows
Windows users can use a fork of MTR, WinMTR, to test network connections.
As of June 2020, this application hasn’t been updated since April 2013. We recommend you use tracert instead or, if you decide to install WinMTR, remove the software after you receive your results.
- Download WinMTR from sourceforge.net/projects/winmtr
- Extract the file and run the executable as an administrator
- Type the domain in the Host field
- Select Start
- Select Stop anytime after 100 packets in the Sent column
Contact our Live Support directly with MTR results for further assistance.