Networking Academy recently released the latest version 7.2.2 of Cisco Packet Tracer network simulator software for Windows, Linux, and macOS systems.
How to Run Packet Tracer on Debian 10
The latest version of the Cisco Packet Tracer (CPT) is 7.2.2. Networking Academy has added many new advanced features to its network simulator program. In particular, we can say that the simulator gives more importance to visual appearance.
You can install, run and use this version on your Windows, Linux, and even macOS operating systems. In our previous articles, we have examined the steps of installing this network simulator on different systems;
In this article, we’ll create a desktop and start menu shortcuts after installing the latest version of Packet Tracer.
How to Install CPT 7.2.2
First, download the network simulator to your Linux computer and then follow the steps below.
Open Terminal by right-clicking on your desktop and use the chmod command in the image below to change the permissions for PacketTracer-7.2.2-ubuntu-setup.run.
chmod +x PacketTracer-7.2.2-ubuntu-setup.run
Then execute ./PacketTracer-7.2.2-ubuntu-setup.run to start the installation.
In older versions of CPT, the extension of the setup file published as tar.gz. Now Cisco is using a .run file with a GUI setup interface to make Linux users easier to install for new versions of its software.
Now, click Next in the Packet Tracer GUI wizard.
Continue with the /opt/pt option, which is configured by default in the Installation Folder window.
Select I accept the license to accept the Cisco simulator’s license agreement, and then click Next.
In the Ready to Install window, click the Install button to configure CPT on your Debian system.
In the Authorization Required window, type your password for your sudo account to confirm the installation, and then click OK.
Wait while installing the Cisco simulator software.
When the Wizard notifies you that the installation is complete, click Finish.
When installing programs on Linux systems, you may sometimes need to install dependent packages. One of these programs is Packet Tracer.
To run Packet Tracer on Linux, you must install the libpng package. Download the libpng12-0_1.2.50.deb package to your computer by running the command below in Terminal.
To install the libpng package you downloaded, execute the following command on the terminal.
dpkg -i libpng12-0_1.2.50-2+deb8u3_amd64.deb
If you see an error indicating that it should be installed the multiarch package as in the image below, you will need to install it.
To install the multiarch package in Debian, execute the command below.
sudo apt-get install multiarch-support
After installing the Multiarch-support package, try installing libpng again. If you encounter an error this time, as in the following image, you must copy the libpng12.so.0 file to the /opt/pt/bin/ folder.
(Reading database ... 157517 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack libpng12-0_1.2.50-2+deb8u3_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking libpng12-0:amd64 (1.2.50-2+deb8u3) ...
dpkg: error processing archive libpng12-0_1.2.50-2+deb8u3_amd64.deb (--install):
unable to install new version of '/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libpng12.so.0': No such file or directory
Errors were encountered while processing:
To copy the file, you must first extract the .deb package to the folder. To extract the Deb package and copy the libpng12.so.0 file, execute the following commands on the terminal and then run Packet Tracer.
In this article, we have examined how to install and use new and old versions of the Cisco simulator in Linux/Debian. And finally, we’ve created a desktop and start menu shortcuts for the program. Thanks for following us!