App Review: Trippy

Written by Donavan Schaper

May 22, 2023

During recent troubleshooting on Windows I felt I needed more from the CLI built in toolset and wondered if there are admins who feel the same?

At some point engineers find themselves working on network traces in order to resolve routine maintenance issues and while ping and tracert still go a long way, it can be good to have a more robust experience.

In walks Trippy!

Trippy combines the functionality of traceroute and ping and is designed to assist with the analysis of networking issues.

Getting Started: Installation

Before we begin, ensure you are able to execute PowerShell scripts which are remotely signed by using

Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned -Scope CurrentUser

Now that your session has the required permissions, we can proceed to install.

In this guide we are using scoop to perform the install. Read more about scoop

kick off the installation using the following command:

irm | iex

Deploy using the following command:

scoop install

You should see the process begin pulling the required binaries for the installation.

And there we have a completed installation:

Run the tool using below syntax:

Usage Examples

Basic usage with default parameters:


Trace using the udp (or tcp or icmp) protocol (also aliases --udp & --tcp):

trip -p udp

Trace to multiple targets simultaneously (icmp protocol only):


Trace with a minimum round time of 250ms and a grace period of 50ms:

trip -i 250ms -g 50ms

Trace with a custom first and maximum time-to-live:

trip --first-ttl 2 --max-ttl 10

Use custom destination port 443 for tcp tracing:

trip -p tcp -P 443

Use custom source port 5000 for udp tracing:

trip -p udp -S 5000

Use the dublin (or paris) ECMP routing strategy for udp with fixed source and destination ports:

trip -p udp -R dublin -S 5000 -P 3500

Trace with a custom source address:

trip -p tcp -A

Trace with a source address determined by the IPv4 address for interface en0:

trip -p tcp -I en0

Trace using IPv6:

trip -6

Generate a json (or csv, pretty, markdown) tracing report with 5 rounds of data:

trip -m json -C 5

Perform DNS queries using the google DNS resolver (or cloudflare, system, resolv):

trip -r google

Lookup AS information for all discovered IP addresses (not yet available for the system resolver):

trip -r google -z true

Lookup and display short (or long or location or off) GeoIp information from a mmdb file:

trip --geoip-mmdb-file GeoLite2-City.mmdb --tui-geoip-mode short

Customize the color theme:

trip --tui-theme-colors bg-color=blue,text-color=ffff00

List all Tui items that can have a custom color theme:

trip --print-tui-theme-items

Customize the key bindings:

trip --tui-key-bindings previous-hop=k,next-hop=j,quit=shift-q

List all Tui commands that can have a custom key binding:

trip --print-tui-binding-commands

Specify the location of the trippy config file:

trip --config-file /path/to/trippy.toml

Generate bash shell completions (or fish, powershell, zsh, elvish):

trip --generate bash

Run in silent tracing mode and output compact trace logging with full span events:

trip -m silent -v --log-format compact --log-span-events full

Good luck and happy Tripping!



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