astraceroute - Linux


astraceroute is a command-line utility that performs advanced and comprehensive traceroute operations, providing detailed information about the network path and performance between you and a target host. It employs a combination of traditional traceroute and the modern AS-PATH hopping technique to gather comprehensive data.


astraceroute [options] <target_host|IP address>


  • -a, –asn: Display ASN information for each hop.
  • -d, –detail: Show detailed information about IP and AS hops.
  • -f, –first: Only display the first AS for each hop.
  • -h, –help: Display help and usage information.
  • -i, –interface: Specify the network interface to use.
  • -m, –max_hops: Limit the maximum number of hops to trace.
  • -o, –output: Specify the output file path.
  • -p, –port: Specify the destination port to trace to.
  • -q, –quiet: Suppress non-essential output.
  • -t, –ttl: Set the initial TTL value.
  • -v, –verbose: Increase verbosity level.


Basic Usage:

Trace the route to


Detailed Output with AS Information:

Display detailed information with ASN data:

astraceroute -d

Limit Hop Count:

Trace the route with a maximum of 30 hops:

astraceroute -m 30

Output to File:

Save the trace results to a file:

astraceroute -o my_trace.txt

Common Issues

  • No route found: Ensure that the target host is reachable and that you have network connectivity.
  • Permission denied: Run the command with elevated privileges (e.g., using sudo).
  • Invalid IP address: Verify that the specified target IP address is valid.


Combine with Wireshark:

Capture and analyze network traffic related to the traceroute using Wireshark:

astraceroute -i interface | wireshark -r -

Use with traceroute:

Obtain raw traceroute data and process it with traceroute:

astraceroute -q target_host | traceroute -F -i -

Related Commands

  • traceroute: Traditional traceroute utility.
  • mtr: Multi-path traceroute tool.