The Greatest Traceroute Ever (or: What CCIEs Do When They’re Bored)

by Joey deVilla on February 9, 2013

star wars episode iv opening shot

This could be the best traceroute ever. Open up a terminal window and type the following:

(If you're on Windows, use tracert instead of traceroute.)

After the first few hops, you should see the introduction to a grand space opera:

Apparently, this is what CCIEs — Cisco Certified Internetwork Experts — do when they’re bored.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Brent Ashley February 9, 2013 at 2:48 pm

On windows you’ll have to increase the max hops from 30 to some larger number or it will stop partway through:

tracert /h 99

2 Arnon February 9, 2013 at 4:19 pm

That is the neatest geekiest Easter egg ever.

3 Arnon February 9, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Likewise Linux : -m 70

4 Linda R February 11, 2013 at 1:01 am

This made me smile … even laugh. Just finished cleaning a flooded basement. Not so happy. BEST. traceroute. EVER!!!!!!!!

5 Simon October 11, 2013 at 7:09 pm

If you increase to 255 hops and set your target to half way through the Star Wars stuff it breaks out into a full RickRoll with the lyrics of Never Gonna Give You Up……. someone has far to much time on their hands…. BRAVO!!!!!!

6 Sunrider May 12, 2014 at 1:37 pm

It didn’t work for me :'( Prompt says “‘tracert’ is not recognized as operable program or batch file.” -_-

7 Twisted November 12, 2014 at 6:40 pm

Sunrider, if its a linux system I believe “tracert” must be spelled out “traceroute”
So your line should be
Traceroute -m 100

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