Run Cisco Packet Tracer in Ubuntu

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Cisco logoCisco Systems corporation names Packet Tracer as a powerful tool for network simulation program allowing network academy students to analyze network behavior gaining learning experience. As a holder of CCNA status and Ubuntu enthusiast I completely agree with above description. See below how to install and run Packet Tracer in your Ubuntu.

Nowadays you can install Packet Tracer in Ubuntu easy way in just a few steps — thankfully to Cisco Packet Tracer is available as binary DEB package for Ubuntu and/or Debian Linux distros.

If you are student of Cisco Network Academy just sign-in and download fresh Packet Tracer DEB package from there (as far as I remember Packet Tracer 5.2 is the latest version). The link should look something like as below. Notice you should find there Linux/Ubuntu version of Packet Tracer instead of binary .exe file for Windows.

packet tracer network academy ubuntu

Once downloaded install it like any other Ubuntu software:

sudo dpkg -i PacketTracer-5.2-u.i386.deb

After the installation Packet Tracer will appear in Ubuntu menu.

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Not a member of Cisco Network Academy Students/Alumni community? Try searching Google for PacketTracer 52 deb for links to binary packages of Packet Tracer for Ubuntu. Here are a few examples:

Once downloaded you have to apply executable bit to .bin file and run it for installation:

chmod +x PacketTracer52_i386_installer-deb.bin
sudo sh PacketTracer52_i386_installer-deb.bin

P.S. Thanks to artiomix from for great post about how to run Packet Tracer in Linux using Wine. It inspired me to write this post at here Ubuntuka.

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Posted on January 16, 2011 at 12:03 am

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Posted on February 6, 2011 at 8:39 am

the save file from Ubuntu wont open in windows packet tracer? had anyone tried it?


Posted on April 2, 2011 at 8:41 am

You can also download in Cisco but you must Login first with your account, they have also a packet tracer for Linux, my only problem during that time was, when i saved my solutions and open it in MS, it won't open, i think there was an architecture problem even i saved it as .pkt, that was a year ago, im not sure if its ok now.

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Posted on August 13, 2011 at 7:59 am

Thanks! I currently using Cisco in Windows but I am planning to migrate in Linux. Thanks for the Download Link!


Posted on August 27, 2011 at 4:44 am

Not supported on 64bit system (Ubuntu)?


Posted on November 11, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Thnkz dude…it works

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Posted on November 27, 2011 at 3:41 pm

It's working on Ubuntu 11.10, thanks!

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Posted on December 22, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Are you an expert in those kind of things or just so fascinated that you were able to compile this? I'm amazed.

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Posted on January 2, 2012 at 9:01 am

nice one will try this surely


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Posted on January 29, 2012 at 12:54 am

I used the generic package as I'm using 64bit ubuntu and untared it.

BUT how do you run it ?
says no file or dir
mine is in /home/username
wont run from there and no link on menu's or 'installed files' in ubuntu !



Posted on February 14, 2012 at 6:51 pm

its not that hard, any "linux retard" can install it, just move the file to a specific folder, for example move it to desktop (copy/paste), than go to terminal and tipe: cd Desktop , after that tipe those two commands and the installation will start it self


Posted on April 11, 2012 at 5:33 pm

i got following error

Attempting to install package now
[sudo] password for sagar:
dpkg: error: dpkg status database is locked by another process

pl. help me to install completely


Posted on March 18, 2012 at 7:17 am

I have problem with packet tracer exiting when I delete an object like a router or switch in the diagram… Has anyone encountered this? How did you solve it? Thanks.


Posted on April 25, 2012 at 10:10 pm

…locked by another process: do you have synaptics open? or software center?

I installed successfully. Does anyone know how to make the launcher shortcut for it into a decent packet tracer icon? I am below the level of "linux retard", so maybe a linux retard can help ;)


Posted on April 26, 2012 at 10:16 am


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Posted on July 9, 2012 at 4:32 am

how did you do it ? i installed it but he isnt run just an icon
i installed ver 533 help pLEASE

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