WhatRoute
WhatRoute
2.3.1

4.8

WhatRoute free download for Mac

WhatRoute2.3.1

03 April 2020

Geographically trace online data-packet routes.

Overview

WhatRoute is designed to find the names of all the routers an IP packet passes through on its way from your Mac to a destination host. It also measures the round-trip time from your Mac to the router, thus enabling you to determine slow links--or hops--in the Internet. WhatRoute can also find dead links, such as routers that don't respond.

  • A geo-location server is queried and the locations of the hosts discovered in a trace or seen active on the LAN, can be plotted on a low resolution map or viewed in high resolution on Google Earth
  • WhatRoute also provides network and port scanning, ping, whois, DNS, and LAN monitoring functions.
  • Find the ASN with which a network is registered and the networks with which it peers.
  • View network flows

Note: While the software is classified as free, it is actually donationware. Please consider making a donation to help support development.

What's new in WhatRoute

Version 2.3.1:

Note: Licensing policy changes by Maxmind have required WhatRoute to switch IP Geolocation service to a different provider.

  • Update embedded nfacctd to 1.7.4 from upstream pmacct
  • Refactor thread locking

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How would you rate WhatRoute app?

45 Reviews of WhatRoute

Chrischram
25 June 2018
Version: 2.1.5

Most helpful

Crashes when I click the Trace button. Back to the previous version.
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Chrischram
25 June 2018
Version: 2.1.5
Crashes when I click the Trace button. Back to the previous version.
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eglouise6
14 February 2018
Version: 2.1.2
Doesn't work :(
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5
scorpionpredator14
12 February 2018
Version: 2.1.2
This traceroute comand with visualization is looking pretty good
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Tubo
07 February 2017
Version: 2.0.13
All links dead, equally on original website.
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5
Darmok
03 December 2016
Version: 2.0.10
I pushed the map to my big tv, full screen. Fascinating to watch the flow of connections flying around on the map.
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3.5
Steinar-Helgesen
20 September 2014
Version: 1.13.0
Not to fond of the layout on the program WhatRoute. I use VisualRoute, i like the layout much more and i guess because i have bought it.
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5
neartheredrocks
14 December 2013
Version: 1.12.0
A great all-in-one tool for Whois, Trace, Ping, Query, Finger, Address Scan, and Port Scan tasks. One request: It would be great if the map could be made bigger and would also show some information for Whois queries. Still, clearly a 5 star application. Thanks to the developer!
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5
DOCa-Cola
22 July 2013
Version: 1.11.0
A useful tool. It could need a graphical update though. It looks more like an Mac OS 9 app than a OS X app :)
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0.5
D1b
20 April 2013
Version: 1.11.0-b2
Everytime I try to start a trace, it crashes.
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mymon
19 April 2013
Version: 1.11.0-b2
I like the mtr better
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5
Jazzyguy
28 July 2012
Version: 1.10.8
Excellent Software. It does exactly what it is designed to do. Vey handy to use.
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Gregm
10 February 2012
Version: 1.10.7
Removing net.whatroute prefs and cache created by older version "cures" the lock-up when 1.10.7 is installed after using older version.
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Scrivens
10 February 2012
Version: 1.10.7
Can't get 1.10.7 to work on my 2011 iMac under 10.6.8 no matter where it is installed. Asks for the admin password, then 'loading database' then spinning beachball and 'Application not responding' in Activity monitor. 10.1.6 still works fine.
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Gregm
01 December 2011
Version: 1.10.6
It *WILL* fail if you try to run it from the downloaded disk image. Drag it to your applications folder/ desk top/ where-ever to run it
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0.5
W-h-k
01 December 2011
Version: 1.10.6
Tells me three times about the need to enter admin name and password, never asks for it, then quits because WhatRouteHelper has not started. Total failure.
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Chrischram
01 September 2011
Version: 1.10.5
This is probably the least stable application I use under Lion. Lots of crashes and scrolling just doesn't work right at all. I can't dump it though. It's just too useful.
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4.5
Donmontalvo
25 July 2011
Version: 1.10.5
Stable, reliable under 10.6.8...how about Lion?
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4.5
Islandmacman
09 April 2011
Version: 1.10.4
This is a flashback app... it's straight out of the last century... in a good way imo As with the previous comment: the app description needs an update - there are many features in this application that are pretty cool yet unadvertised. The Google map link is a great feature. I'm on the fence with the interface - it definitely needs work, yet somehow I feel like there should be two versions - one with an OS 9 look, and the other with a modern OS X slickness. Regardless, it is good to see WhatRoute again, thanks.
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anonymous-heron-1388
03 October 2010
Version: 1.10.1
The description needs to be improved. Looking at the description alone, the application seems nothing more than a GUI wrapper for the traceroute command line function. However, after downloading and checking the application, it comes with several other useful functions, not the least a map. The interface does need some work, though, as it seems to be straight from the OS9 era.
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DemandExcellence
25 September 2010
Version: 1.10.0
This version fails to start on 10.5.8. It keeps saying that a pane would ask for my administrator password but failed to show that pane. Oh well.
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Big77
19 August 2010
Version: 1.9.1
Since installing 1.9.1 every address I enter resolves to 110.211.5.0. (The older version works correctly.) I wrote to the developer but did not receive a reply. Further comments: takes nearly 10 seconds before it begins to resolve. If I cancel a trace before complete then WhatRoute crashes upon quitting. Like the product, like the idea, but this version needs a some work!
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Satcomer
14 August 2010
Version: 1.9.1
Love this program now it's working on 10.6. Now please include an Update function in the program and I will donate again!
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B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
30 July 2010
Version: 1.9.0
WhatRoute is easier to use than I thought it would be. You don't need to know the destination IP address(es) or your own starting address; all you have to do is type in the host name (i.e.: apple.com) and click Trace to get the response times between your own IP address and the destination address(es). There are some complex options available for those who really know what they're doing, which I don't, so I left them set to the defaults. Response times are measured in milliseconds (a thousandth (1/1,000); it will take some practice to get a feel for how fast or slow that is. But it's doable.
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5
Bellidancer
07 February 2008
Version: 1.8.18
I am very glad WhatRoute has been updated. It offers some unique functionality I haven't been able to find else where. 3lusiv3 - What Route can do an address scan. Select address scan. Type in the first address and the subnet mask. 192.168.1.1 255.255.255.0 will search every address from .1 to .255 Great, great program!
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Davedecay
06 February 2008
Version: 1.8.18
Still PowerPC (not Universal Binary) app, so it uses Rosetta on Intel Macs. The LAN monitor function is nice to see what IP addresses are in use on your network.
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Dom21
06 February 2008
Version: 1.8.18
Isn't route finding capability built into Apple's "Network Utility"? What does this do differently?
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3lusiv3
06 February 2008
Version: 1.8.18
I would love it if this app had the ability to ping a group of addresses. For example ping 10.1.31.1 to 254 so that I can see what is on my network. Is there another app that can do that?
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smtips
06 February 2008
Version: 1.8.18
Seems to work okay...but.... How in the world do I get the hops to show up on the Map? This used to work just fine. I do a trace now, I can see it hitting the addresses at the top of the map window, but it isn't showing the hops on the map. Strange.
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Dlw
21 June 2007
Version: 1.8.17-2
So is WhatRoute completely dead? I've been using it for almost as long as it's been available but it's pretty broken now. DNS queries fail under 10.4.10 and, with ping, the function tries to execute with bogus IP addresses. Sigh. Guess I'll have to use the Apple utility
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Ofsg
06 July 2006
Version: 1.8.16
Still no joy here on an old Dual 500 G4 running Tiger. I cannot ping, trace, or snoop anything (though I can from the Terminal), and I get an error about not being able to load the WhatRouteHelper when I try to snoop. This is the same behavior I had with the previous version (1.8.15) on my Dual 2.0 G5 at home. I have two ethernet interfaces in my G4 at work, but only one at home, so I don't know if that's an issue or not. However, the older 1.8.14 version still works on both systems.
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Ken20
06 July 2006
Version: 1.8.16
Bryan, thanks so much for fixing WhatRoute. 1.8.16 is now working. WhatRoute is now back in my network toolkit!
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Smpdigital
06 July 2006
Version: 1.8.16
I don't get it, this is just like Network Utility built in Mac OS X, only uglier and obtrusive, just try pressing cancel while it asks for your user's password, and it shouldn't been asking for it in the first place.
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Thegoodguy
03 July 2006
Version: 1.8.15
Wow lol it's like a non apple / not as nice version of Network Utility made in realbasic.. ?
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Crysdevbec
03 July 2006
Version: 1.8.15
I'm having the same problem with the program. Traces and pings all fail, but I can ping the same IP addresses just fine from a terminal window. Running 10.3.9.
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Mrgando
02 July 2006
Version: 1.8.15
Its not working for me , I think my router its blocking its ping probes ( and everything else ) ... its weird because if I try to ping a site via terminal , its ok and I recieve reply... but this app shows everything down.. Could anyone help me ?
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4.5
Apgiuliano
02 July 2006
Version: 1.8.15
I have used this program for many many years and have found it's value to be inestimable. Nothing on the Mac platform comes close to Whatroute's form and function. For example the reverse whois to the ISP by IP, and the mapping function make this the best of it's kind on the Mac. I am glad it was revived. Thanks old friend...
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Ajung
02 July 2006
Version: 1.8.15
Not really a helpful tool..although for free. Just a wrapper around tools like traceroute...
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Ken20
02 July 2006
Version: 1.8.15
Bryan, I was about to reply to Anoymous with a scathing tirade along the lines of "your firewall is the problem and don't take it out on the developer" BUT he's right. Nothing comes back - no pings (to www.apple.com) no ping's, traceroute doesn't work apart from lots of red stars etc. Tried it at home on my ADSL line and at the office LAN. Same results. Shame because I've always been a great supporter of WhatRoute and was deleriously happy to see an update. Hope the problems get fixed soon (waht the problems are is anyones guess!) - MacBook Pro running 10.4.7
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26cab40
02 July 2006
Version: 1.8.15
Why is this listed as Intel, when only the helper program is UB ? Misleading.
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Anonymous
11 October 2004
Version: 1.8.14
It does say that Mac OS 10.1 is a requirement...
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Bengt Soderberg
23 October 2003
Version: 1.8.14
When I use WhatRoute 1.8.11 it freezes my machine all the time. My iMac G3/400 is installed with MacOS 9.2.1
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Anonymous
24 October 2002
Version: 1.8
this seems like a good program, but unfortunately I can't tell. It won't do anything that requires a packet to be sent back, because, to the exclusion of every other type of information, my company's router-based hardware firewall won't let Trace, Ping, or Finger have access to a server's responses to the program's query. I'm presuming that's what happens, because according to WhatRoute's Ping feature, my connection to the site i'm looking at right now doesn't exist at all. Too bad...
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4.75
28 June 2002
Version: 1.8
Version 1.7 works fine with a Sonnet upgrade card "Crescendo G3 400/1M Specs" on a Power Macintosh 7100/80 using OS8.6 Version 1.8 Fails
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4.75
Harry
19 December 2001
Version: 1.7
I think that it has all the features of a full-fledged network utility, and is more useful than many PC utilities for IP troubleshooting.
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5
Anonymous
06 November 2000
Version:
A very cool piece of Software. Now I finally can see where my servers for which I am paying are really located.‡
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