How to install Cisco Packet Tracer on Ubuntu

You read my blog post about How to prepare for the CCNA exam and you opted for Cisco Packet Tracer for the practical lab activity.

You installed Ubuntu on your laptop/desktop after following my post 7 easy steps to install Ubuntu on a VM and now you ask yourself if you can run Cisco Packet Tracer on your machine.

The short answer is yes. You can install and run Cisco Packet Tracer on Ubuntu.

In this post I will show you the steps you need to take in order to achieve this goal.

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Go to Cisco Networking Academy

The first step is to open a browser and go to Cisco Networking Academy. Cisco Packet Tracer can be downloaded from there.

netacad.com
netacad.com

Create an account or login to your existing account

In order to download the software you will need to sign up for a new account. If you have one, you just need to login.

Log in page for netacad.com
Log in page for netacad.com

Find the Resources section. From there, you will be able to download Cisco Packet Tracer.

Resources section
Resources section

Download Cisco Packet Tracer

After you found the resources section, press on Packet Tracer. A new window will open. From this new page you have the possibility to download Cisco Packet Tracer for your OS (Operating System).

Download Cisco Packet Tracer
Download Cisco Packet Tracer

Cisco Packet Tracer is available for download for all major OSes: Windows, macOS and Ubuntu.

Download Section
Download Section

You need to download the Ubuntu Desktop Version 8.2.1. As soon as you press the Download button, the download process starts in a couple of seconds. Wait until the download finishes.

Download Cisco Packet Tracer
Download Cisco Packet Tracer

Install Cisco Packet Tracer

As soon as the download completes, open a terminal and go to the Download folder.

petru@petru-ubuntu:~/Desktop$ cd ../Downloads/
petru@petru-ubuntu:~/Downloads$ ls -l
total 315616
-rw-rw-r-- 1 petru petru 323186034 May 18 16:50 CiscoPacketTracer_821_Ubuntu_64bit.deb
petru@petru-ubuntu:~/Downloads$

Run the below command:

petru@petru-ubuntu:~/Downloads$ sudo apt-get install ./CiscoPacketTracer_821_Ubuntu_64bit.deb 
[sudo] password for petru: 
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
Reading state information... Done
Note, selecting 'packettracer' instead of './CiscoPacketTracer_821_Ubuntu_64bit.deb'
Install Cisco Packet Tracer
Install Cisco Packet Tracer

Press the “Y” key and wait until the install finishes.

Press the <Ok> to accept the Software License Agreement.

Software License Agreement
Software License Agreement

Next, you need to accept the terms of EULA. This is the last step from the installation process.

Accept the terms of EULA
Accept the terms of EULA

Open Cisco Packet Tracer

You can open the application in 2 modes:

  1. From the terminal.
petru@petru-ubuntu:~/Downloads$ packettracer 
Starting Packet Tracer 8.2.1
Open Cisco Packet Tracer

2. By pressing the Show Apps button and searching for Packet Tracer.

Open Cisco Packet Tracer
Open Cisco Packet Tracer

First time when you open the application, you will need to login. You can use the same account that you have created earlier.

Sign in Cisco Packet Tracer
Sign in Cisco Packet Tracer

Explore Cisco Packet Tracer

You can now explore the new application and do some labs.

Explore Cisco Packet Tracer
Explore Cisco Packet Tracer

If you are looking for labs that you can do in Packet Tracer, visit Wendell Odom’s blog.

Additional training for Cisco Packet Tracer

If you need additional information or you want to enhance you Packet Tracer knowledge, you can enroll in the following courses:

Getting Started with Cisco Packet Tracer

Exploring Networking with Cisco Packet Tracer

Exploring Internet of Things with Cisco Packet Tracer

Additional training for Cisco Packet Tracer
Additional training for Cisco Packet Tracer

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One comment

  1. […] HSRP stands for Hot Standby Router Protocol and it is a Cisco proprietary protocol. Therefore, you will be able to use it in your environment only if all your devices are Cisco devices. If you have devices from different vendors, you can use VRRP for the same purposes. In a future post, I will show you how to configure VRRP. If you want to follow along, download Packet Tracer and replicate the same lab. You can find more details about Packet Tracer here. […]

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