How to Install Open Visual Traceroute on Ubuntu 16.04

Open Visual TracerouteOpen Visual Traceroute is a free and open source Java based visual traceroute and packet sniffer tool that can be used to display data in a 3D or a 2D map component. You can easily export data to image file or text file using Open Visual Traceroute. It is available for Linux, Mac OS X, Windows and licensed under LGPL v3.

Here, we will give you step by step instruction of how to install Open Visual Traceroute on Ubuntu.


  • Ubuntu 14.04 desktop or later install on your system.
  • A normal user with sudo privileges.

Install Java

Before starting, Oracle Java is required to run Open Visual Traceroute. By default Oracle JDK 8 is not available in Ubuntu repository so you will need to add Webupd8 team PPA repository to your system.
You can add it with the following command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java

Next, update your repository with the following command:

sudo apt-get update -y

Once the repository is updated, install JDK 8 with the following command:

sudo apt-get install oracle-java8-installer -y

You can also verify that JDK 8 is installed properly by running the following command:

sudo java -version

You should see the output something like this:

java version "1.8.0_66"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_66-b17)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.66-b17, mixed mode)

Install Open Visual Traceroute

You can download the latest version of the Open Visual Traceroute debian package from the SourceForge website.
If your system is 64-bit, you can download Open Visual Traceroute with the following command:


If your system is 32-bit, you can download Open Visual Traceroute with the following command:


Once the download is completed, run the following command to install Open Visual Traceroute:

sudo dpkg -i ovtr_*.deb

After installation is completed, you are ready to launch Open Visual Traceroute.

Launch Open Visual Traceroute

You can launch Open Visual Traceroute tool from Application menu or Unity Dash as shown below:

Now, click on the Open visual Traceroute, you should see the following image:

Once the GeoIP database is updated, you should see the Open Visual Traceroute in the following image:

Now, Click on "Traceroute" menu button, type "" then click on search. You should see the traceroute output in the following image:


Congratulations! you have successfully installed Open Visual Traceroute on Ubuntu. You can now easily Traceroute any IP address, lookup any whois domain and sniffer any packets using this tool. Feel free to ask any questions if you have any doubt.

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