The BSD route command has a feature that will show what route will be selected for a given host. For example:

/Users/mhaase $ route get google.com
   route to: iad23s07-in-f8.1e100.net
destination: iad23s07-in-f8.1e100.net
  interface: en0
 recvpipe  sendpipe  ssthresh  rtt,msec    rttvar  hopcount      mtu     expire
       0         0         0         0         0         0      1500         0 

I occasionally find this useful if I am manually messing with routing tables to make sure that the routing rules are working as expected.

The GNU version of route does not have this same "get" subcommand. Is there some equivalent or alternative for GNU/Linux?

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    I was looking for the /BSD/ equivalent of ip ro but this page still suffices :) – Benjamin Goodacre Feb 17 '16 at 15:07

There is

ip route get

but it doesn't do hostname resolution (which I think is a good thing). The command is usually available from iproute or iproute2 packages.

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    ip route get "$(dig google.com +short)" for hostname resolution. – jordanm Oct 31 '12 at 17:28
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    @jordanm, More like: dig google.com +short | xargs -tn1 ip route get – Stéphane Chazelas Oct 31 '12 at 20:16
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    @StéphaneChazelas, please let me know this above linux command required an internet or it fetches the result from any routing table/cache ? – kd12 Jul 3 '17 at 6:51
  • The command 'dig' does a DNS lookup. That may require network access unless the DNS entry is in the local cache. – WillW Mar 16 '18 at 16:28
  • > but it doesn't do hostname resolution (which I think is a good thing) — care to elaborate why you think inconvenience it causes is really worth anything? – poige Apr 1 '18 at 15:56

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