How to break Traceroute in Cisco devices

Few networking tricks can be pretty handy and save a lot of time. This becomes pretty useful for network administrators when troubleshooting or performing related day 2 day activities. One such case is while using “Traceroute” command in cisco networking devices. As a standard Cisco device behavior, tracing to a destination will take 30 hops or else it reaches the destination before that.

We can break the sequence of Traceroute by holding following keys together –


In case the above sequence doesn’t work, we can follow below sequence –

Hold the keys <CTRL+SHIFT+6>


Press <X>

The above procedure holds true for Cisco iOS devices.

In case of Nexus platform switches, the break sequence is different as given below –

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