How to Install Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2.2 on macOS Catalina, Mojave, and High Sierra

Cisco Packet Tracer is a network simulator program developed for Cisco Networking students. You can download and use the Cisco Packet Tracer free of charge after you sign up to Netacad.

How to Install Cisco Packet Tracer on macOS Mojave 10.14

How to Setup Packet Tracer on macOS Mojave

macOS Mojave 10.14 had released on September 24, 2018, as an updated version of macOS High Sierra. And the latest version of the Mojave is 10.14.6.

Under normal circumstances, you cannot run the Cisco Packet Tracer network simulator on a Mac because this software developed for Windows and Linux systems.

However, there are several different ways to run Windows programs on a Mac. You can run Packet Tracer or another Windows-compatible program on Mac OS using one of the PlayOnMac and Wine programs.

In our previous posts, we installed PlayOnMac and Wine on macOS;

How to Use Packet Tracer in Mac OS Mojave

To install Packet Tracer on Apple Mac OS X, first, click here to download the .dmg setup file to your computer, and then follow the steps below to install it.

   Step 1

Double-click the DMG file you downloaded to the macOS desktop to mount the image file.

Opening a DMG File

   Step 2

Select the Do not warn me option when opening this disk image and click the Open button.

Turning Off the Disk Image Warning

   Step 3

Click Continue in the Packet Tracer setup wizard.

Setup Wizard

   Step 4

Proceed in the same way by selecting I accept the license agreement.

Approving the License Agreement

   Step 5

Click Install to start the installation.

Starting the Installation

   Step 6

Please wait while installing the Cisco simulator on your macOS operating system.

Wizard is Copying Setup Files

   Step 7

After the wizard completes the installation, click Done.

Wizard Completed Installation

   Step 8

When the installation is complete, a folder named Cisco Packet Tracer will be created in Applications. Display this folder and run it by double-clicking on the icon of the program.

Launching the Simulator on MacOS

   Step 9

When you save your projects in Cisco software, they will be saved to the location shown in the image below.

Packet Tracer will save your user files in the following folder

   Step 10

Wait while opening the Packet Tracer.

Cisco Networking Academy

   Step 11

In this step, you must log on to Cisco to use all the features of Packet Tracer. If you do not have an account, log in to the program as Guest.

After clicking Guest Login, you can open the program by clicking the Confirm Guest button after 15 seconds!

Cisco Login Page

   Video

Watch the video below to install the latest version of Packet Tracer on Apple’s Mojave system and also subscribe to our YouTube channel to support us!


How to Run Cisco Simulator on macOS Mojave Using Wine

To run a Windows-compatible software on your Mac, you must first install Wine. Click on the image below to install Wine on macOS 10.14.

macOS Mojave Wine Installation

   Step 1

Download the Windows-compatible Packet Tracer program to your computer and extract the zip file to the folder and double-click the .exe file to start the installation.

Opening Exe File in macOS

   Step 2

When the Wine program opened automatically, click the Go button to install it on the Prefix you created.

Running Exe with Wine

   Step 3

Accept the license agreement in the PT installation window and click Next.

Accepting the Packet Tracer License Agreement

   Step 4

Leave the Packet Tracer installation location at the default location and click Next.

Selecting an Installation Location

   Step 5

Leave the Start Menu Folder setting for PT as default and click Next.

Configuring the Start Menu Folder

   Step 6

Select Create a desktop shortcut and click Next.

Creating a Shortcut

   Step 7

Click Install to start the installation.

Starting Setup

   Step 8

Wait while copying the files required for the Packet Tracer.

Extracting Files

   Step 9

Once the installation is complete, select Launch Cisco Packet Tracer and click Finish to start the program.

Running Packet Tracer

   Step 10

Your network design projects that you created on Packet Tracer will be saved in the following location. You can change this path in Options / Preferences to save PKT files in a different location.

Declaring the Save Location of PKT Files

   Step 11

Wait while the Cisco Packet Tracer is starting up on your Mac.

Starting Packet Tracer

   Step 12

If you have a Netacad account, you can log in to the following window. Click Guest Login to log in to the Packet Tracer.

Guest Login

   Step 13

After 15 seconds, click the Confirm Guest button.

Confirm Guest

   Step 14

After installing the Cisco network simulator, you can check the version of the program in Help / About.

Checking the Version of the Program

   Video

Watch the video below to install Packet Tracer on Apple’s Mojave system with Wine and also subscribe to our YouTube channel to support us!


How to Build Packet Tracer on macOS High Sierra using PlayOnMac

To install Packet Tracer 7.1 / 7.2 using PlayOnMac on one of the earlier versions of Mac OS X, you can follow the steps below.

   Step 1

Double-click the PlayOnMac that you downloaded to your Mac to start the installation.

Starting PlayOnMac Setup

   Step 2

Drag and drop PlayOnMac to MacOS Applications.

MacOS Applications

   Step 3

Wait while copying PlayOnMac into Applications.

Copying PlayOnMac

   Step 4

After copying is complete, remove the image file.

Eject "PlayOnMac"

   Step 5

Now run PlayOnMac on your High Sierra system.

Running a Program on macOS

   Step 6

Click the Yes button to confirm to send the OS version and graphics card model information to the developers of this software.

Confirming Data Submission

   Step 7

Click Next to install the required XQuartz program for PlayOnMac.

Installing XQuartz

   Step 8

In the XQuartz window, select Please download XQuartz for me and click Next.

Please download XQuartz for me

   Step 9

Downloading the XQuartz program over the Internet.

Downloading XQuartz

   Step 10

Click Continue to start the setup and install the program.

Starting Setup

   Step 11

XQuartz installation successfully completed.

Installation Successful

   Step 12

Now to install Packet Tracer, click Install a program on PlayOnMac.

Install a Program

   Step 13

Click Install a non-list program.

Install a program that is not in the list

   Step 14

After you have read the installation process, continue with Next.

Please Read This

   Step 15

In the window that states that PlayOnMac is not related to WineHQ, click Next.

PlayOnMac is not related to WineHQ

   Step 16

In the Manual Installation window, select Install a program in a new virtual drive and click Next.

Install a program on a new virtual drive

   Step 17

Type a name for the program to be installed.

Typing the Name of the Program

   Step 18

Leave the options in the following window as default and click Next.

Manual Installation

   Step 19

Wine installation required for PlayOnMac starts.

Wine Installation

   Step 20

Downloading Wine Mono …

Wine Mono

   Step 21

Click on the Install button to start the Wine Gecko installation.

Wine Gecko

   Step 22

Click the Browse button and select the .EXE file.

Adding EXE File

   Step 23

Select the Packet Tracer.exe setup file and click the Open button.

Packet Tracer.exe

   Step 24

After the Packet Tracer installation wizard starts, click Next.

Packet Tracer Setup Wizard

   Step 25

Once the installation is complete, select PacketTracer7.exe as below to create a shortcut to your macOS desktop and click Next.

Creating a Shortcut

   Step 26

After creating the desktop shortcut, delete the Packet Tracer.ink file.

Deleting the PacketTracer.ink File

   Step 27

Double-click the Packet Tracer desktop shortcut open it.

Desktop Shortcut for a Program on macOS

   Step 28

Launching the Cisco network simulator software.

Cisco Networking Academy

   Step 29

After successfully installing Packet Tracer using PlayOnMac, you can check the version of the program in Help / About.

Checking the Version of Cisco Software

   Video

   Final Word


In this article, we have installed the simulator program developed by Networking Academy to prepare for Cisco exams on macOS High Sierra 10.13, Mojave 10.14, Catalina 10.15. Thanks for following us!

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