CCNA Study Guide

Packet Tracer is a Network Simulator Software developed by Cisco Systems for training purpose. This tutorial explains how to download, install and use packet tracer step by step.

Brief introduction of Packet Tracer

While preparing for Cisco certification, students need Cisco devices. Cisco devices are expensive. An average CCNA lab costs around 300$. Packet Tracer cuts this cost by simulating all necessary equipment for CCNA lab.

Simulation based learning environment helps both students and instructors. It helps students in getting hands-on practice on Cisco devices while it helps instructors in creating self-evaluated assignments for students or in demonstrating the networking concepts.

Downloading Packet Tracer

download packet tracer

To download Packet Tracer 7.1 for Windows (32 bits and 64 bits), Packet Tracer 7.1 for Linux (64 bits), Packet Tracer 7.0 for Windows (32 bits and 64 bits), Packet Tracer 7 for Linux (32 bits and 64 bits), Packet Tracer 6.3 for Windows, Packet Tracer 6.3 for Linux, Packet Tracer 5.0 (Windows only) and Packet Tracer 4.0 (Windows only) use following links: -

Download Packet Tracer 7.1 (Latest Version)

Download Packet Tracer 7.1 for Windows 10, 8.1, 7.0 64 bits

Download Packet Tracer 7.1 for Windows 10, 8.1, 7.0 32 bits

Download Packet Tracer 7.1 for Linux 64 bits

Download Packet Tracer 7.0 (Previous Version)

Download Packet Tracer 7.0 for Linux 32 bits

Download Packet Tracer 7.0 for Linux 64 bits

Download Packet Tracer 7.0 for Windows 32 bits

Download Packet Tracer 7.0 for Windows 64 bits

Download Packet Tracer 6.3 (Previous Version)

Download Packet Tracer 6.3 for Linux

Download Packet Tracer 6.3 for Windows

Download Packet Tracer 5.0 (Older Version)

Download Packet Tracer 5.0 for Windows

Download Packet Tracer 4.0 (Older Version)

Download Packet Tracer 4.0 for Windows

Download Packet Tracer (Torrent Link)

Download Packet Tracer all versions

Download Packet Tracer for MAC OS and Apple (iPhone)

Download Packet Tracer form App Store.

Download Packet Tracer for Android IOS (Smart Phone)

Download Packet Tracer form Google Play.

Since Packet Tracer is improved in each new version, practice lab created in higher version may not work in lower version. You should always use the same version of Packet Tracer throughout practice.

How to install Packet Tracer in Windows

Download the appropriate version of packet tracer form above links and click the setup file.

packet tracer setup file

Depending on UAC (User Access Control) setting, Windows may ask for confirmation. If it asks, click Yes to confirm the installation. This will launch Packet Tracer setup wizard.

Click Next on Welcome screen to start the installation process.

packet tracer setup wizard

Accept Software License Agreement

packet tracer setup wizard

By default packet tracer will install in Program File folder of Windows partition. But if require, we can install it to any custom location. To change the installation location click Browse button and select the desired location.

Select installation location for packet tracer and click Next to continue the installation

packet tracer installation directory windows

Next screen allows us to customize the shortcut link name and location in Start Menu. Shortcut link name allows us to select appropriate application from Start Menu.

To avoid any unnecessary confusion, keep default selection and click Next.

packet tracer start menu option

Next screen allows us to create two more shortcut links for packet tracer. Select all necessary shortcut link options and click Next

packet tracer quick launch option

Next screen provides a summary of selections. If update requires, click Back button and make necessary change. If everything looks good, click Install button to start installation.

Some components of packet tracer are installed in web browser, so make sure all web browsers are closed before clicking Install button.

installation summary

Now wait for few seconds, let the wizard install packet tracer

packet tracer installing

If wizard detects any opened browser during installation, it prompts to close that.

Close all opened web browser and click OK to continue the installation.

packet tracer installation close open browser

Once installation is finished, wizard presents final screen which confirms the successful installation. It also gives us a choice to launch packet tracer immediately.

Click Finish to close the wizard.

packet tracer instllation finish

On first run, packet tracer automatically creates a folder to save all activities. If require, it can be changed latter from Options->Preferences option.

packet tracer first run

From version 7.0, packet tracer needs activation. It can be done by a Cisco Academy user account.

netacad acedmey user account

If system is not connected with Internet, Guest account can be used to access the packet tracer. Guest account allows us to save 10 practice labs.

packet tracer guest session

To remove this restriction, create a free user account at following location

create user account at netacad

Use this user account to activate the packet tracer.

login with netacad user account

Once activated, all restriction will be removed.

packet tracer installed in windows

How to install Packet Tracer 7.1 in Ubuntu 16.04

Download the packet tracer 7.1 for Ubuntu from download link available in download section of this article. Create a folder named packet on Desktop and move the downloaded file in it.

packet tracer install in ubuntu

Select the zipped file and do right click. From right click menu click Extract Here option

extract packet tracer setup file in linux

Switch to extracted folder and do right click. From right click menu click Open in Terminal

open in terminal

Now run following commands to install the packet tracer.

install packet tracer in ubuntu

Command Description
sudo /bin/bash Software management can be performed only under the root privilege. This command is used to get the root privilege.
ls This command is used to list the content of directory. We used this command to confirm that we installing packet tracer from correct directory.
./install This command installs the packet tracer. This script needs three inputs from user; license agreement, installation directory and symbolic link. For license agreement type Y, for installation directory press Enter key to use the default directory or type the directory path where you want to install the packet tracer and for symbolic link, type Y to confirm the creation of symbolic link.
reboot –f To apply the change we have to restart the computer. This command restarts the computer.

After restart run packettracer command to start the packet tracer

start packet tracer in ubuntu

If packet tracer starts, no additional steps are required. But if it does not start, use following steps.

Solving packet tracer startup issue in Ubuntu 16.04

There is a known issue between packet tracer 7.1 and Ubuntu 16.04 which blocks packet tracer from starting. Packet tracer needs a library which has been updated with in Ubuntu 16.04. To solve this issue, we have to download and install the older version of this library. Older version of this library is available in a Debian package at :-

Run following commands to download and install this package

sudo dpkg –i libicu52_52.1-3ubuntu0.7_amd64.deb
sudo updatedb

Make sure system is connected with internet while running wget command.

packet tracer 7.1 not start in ubuntu 16.04

Once package is installed, run following command to update the library path

LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/opt/pt/lib /opt/pt/bin/PacketTracer7

packet tracer ld library path update

Running packet tracer from home directory

Copy Cisco-PacketTracer.desktop file in ~/.local/share/applications/ directory form /opt/pt/bin directory and open it for editing

cp /opt/pt/bin/Cisco-PacketTracer.desktop ~/.local/share/applications/Cisco-PacketTracer.desktop
nano ~/.local/share/applications/Cisco-PacketTracer.desktop

copy cisco packet tracer. desktop file

Change Exec=packettracer %F to Exec=/opt/pt/packettracer and save the file.

change exe path

Make this file executable

make file executable

Now we can launch the packet tracer from home directory.

starting packet tracer from command line

Alternatively we can also launch packet tracer from left menu bar

launching packet tracer from menu

Just like Windows version, Linux version also needs activation. It can be activated with user account created at Netacad.

first time run activation message

Once activated, packet tracer will be available with all features.

packet tracer installed in ubuntu

That’s all for this tutorial. If you want to learn how packet tracer can help us in learning CCNA topic, you can check this CCNA study guide.

CCNA Study Guide

This CCNA Study Guide uses packet tracer to explain all CCNA topics in detail with examples.