Cisco Packet Tracer is a cross-platform visual simulation tool designed by Cisco Systems that allows users to create network topologies and imitate modern computer networks. The software allows users to simulate the configuration of Cisco routers and switches using a simulated command line interface. Packet Tracer makes use of a drag and drop user interface, allowing users to add and remove simulated network devices as they see fit. The software is mainly focused towards Certified Cisco Network Associate Academy students as an educational tool for helping them learn fundamental CCNA concepts. Students enrolled in a CCNA Academy program can freely download and use the tool free of charge for educational use.
The steps for installing Cisco Packet Tracer (downloaded from official website) are same for all Linux based Operating Systems.
Tested Operating Systems:
For the purpose of writing this tutorial, I’m using Arch Linux. Following are the steps for installing Cisco Packet Tracer in Linux. Type/ paste below commands in terminal for installing Packet Tracer.
Step 1: Downloading Cisco Packet Tracer
For downloading and using Cisco Packet Tracer, we need to have a Cisco Networking Academy account. Binaries of Cisco Packet Tracer Student can be downloaded here. Packet Tracer for Linux is available in both 64-bit as well as 32-bit versions.
Step 2: Navigating to downloaded location
Step 3: Extracting the Archive
tar -zxvf PacketTracer70_64bit_linux.tar.gz
Step 4: Navigating to the Extracted Folder
Step 5: Installing Binaries
sudo bash install
Enter password, and press Enter, it will show Packet Tracer installation welcome screen. Again, press Enter to read EULA (End User License Agreement)
Carefully read License Agreement, to scroll screen press Space Bar, press Y to accept License Agreement. To install Packet Tracer in default location (
/opt/pt) press Enter. Then it will install packet tracer to
After installing Packet Tracer it will ask for creating a symbolic link “packettracer” in
/usr/local/bin, press Y.
Step 6: Setting Environment Variables
sudo bash set_ptenv.sh
Step 7: Log in to Cisco Networking Academy (Netacad)
packettracer through terminal or by pressing Alt+F2 keys.
As we are running Cisco Packet Tracer for first time, following window will appear.
Press OK to continue. Then, another window will appear asking for Cisco Networking Academy Log In. Enter username, password and press Login Button present on screen.
After successfully logging into account, Cisco Packet Tracer will be launched.
I hope this tutorial helped you install Cisco Packet Tracer in Arch Linux and other Linux distributions.