How to install Open Visual Traceroute on Ubuntu

Open Visual Traceroute is a program to visualise the route and measure packet loss on a network. 

This guide is intended as a relatively easy step by step guide to:


  • Ubuntu 12.04 or later installed. Should work on Mint and Other Debian based distros.

1. Install Oracle Java 7 JRE

  • Open Visual Traceroute requires Oracle Java 6 JRE or newer to be installed.
  • More information about Java on Ubuntu available here.
  • The easiest way I have found is to install Java on Ubuntu is via the Web Upd8 PPA .
  • First add the PPA. Open a Terminal Window and enter :
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
sudo apt-get update
  • A good idea to minimise any Java conflicts is to remove OpenJDK.  open a Terminal Window and enter :
sudo apt-get remove --purge openjdk*
  • To install Oracle Java 7 version and make sure gksu is installed (removed from Ubuntu 13.04) open a Terminal Window and enter :
sudo apt-get install oracle-java7-installer gksu
  • Tip: Top check the Java version installed on your system open a terminal and enter :
java -version

2. Download and install Open Visual Traceroute

  • Open the Terminal window and enter :
mkdir /tmp/OpenVisualTraceRoute
cd /tmp/OpenVisualTraceRoute
  • Then for 32bit and 64bit systems download and install the latest version with :
sudo unzip download -d /opt/
  • Extract the application icon to be used for the launcher and set permissions with :
cd /opt/OpenVisualTraceRoute*
sudo unzip -j org.leo.traceroute.jar */internet.png
sudo chmod +x

3. Create an Open Visual Traceroute launcher

  • To create a Ubuntu Unity Desktop Launcher, create a desktop launcher file with :
sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/open-visual-traceroute.desktop
  • Then add the following information and save :
[Desktop Entry]
Name=Open Visual Traceroute
GenericName=Open Visual Traceroute
X-GNOME-FullName=Open Visual Traceroute
Comment=Open Visual Traceroute
Exec=gksudo /bin/sh
  • Then add the path to the latest version and icon in the launcher with:
cd /opt/OpenVisualTraceRoute*
sudo su
echo "Path=$(eval pwd)" >> /usr/share/applications/open-visual-traceroute.desktop
echo "Icon=$(eval pwd)/internet.png" >> /usr/share/applications/open-visual-traceroute.desktop
  • You will then be able to search for Open Visual Traceroute in your unity dash and launch the application.



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