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 and other dependencies

  • 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 traceroute
  • Tip: Top check the Java version installed on your system open a terminal and enter :
java -version

2. Download and install Open Visual Traceroute

  • You will then be able to search for Open Visual Traceroute in your unity dash and launch the application.



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Awesome tool

This is great tool. Does show hop by hop info. But i notice it shows multiple entries from same country/city before moving. Does it mean its just going over MPLS or some sort. Is there a way to get viability to get more coordinate from ISP prospective ?