How to Install Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2.2 on Kali Linux 2020.1

Cisco Packet Tracer (CPT) is a network simulator program developed by Networking Academy that can be downloaded for free. You can download and use this program via the Netacad website.

How to Install Cisco Packet Tracer on Kali Linux

How to Install Packet Tracer on Kali Linux 2020.1

Kali is a Debian-based Linux distribution used for Penetration testing and Security audit. This distribution developed by Offensive Security and includes hundreds of free tools for Penetration and Security audits.

In our previous articles, we installed Packet Tracer on Windows and other Linux distributions and examined how it works;

In this article, we will install and configure the latest version of Packet Tracer on Kali, a widely used Linux distribution.

How to Install CPT 7.2.2 on Kali Linux 2019

The version 7.2.2 of Packet Tracer was released on September 11, 2019, for download via Netacad. Although this is a maintenance release, it removes the dependent Java files for the Skills Assessment.

Also, Networking Academy created a Setup GUI to make it easier to install CPT on Linux systems. It was downloaded older versions as tar.gz, now the CPT file extension is .run.

When installing this Cisco simulator software on your Linux computer, you must install the libpng12 file. Otherwise, after installing, it will not react when you try to run the program.

   Step 1

After downloading the program to your computer, copy to the desktop folder, and then open the terminal in this folder.

Opening the Terminal

   Step 2

First, check your Internet connection and check the Kali system version with the cat /etc/os-release command.

Review Kali System Version

   Step 3

After configuring the file permission, execute the following command on the terminal to start the installation.



   Step 4

Do not change the default location in the Installation Folder window and continue by clicking Next.

Configuring the Installation Folder

   Step 5

After reading the Packet Tracer license agreement, accept it and click Next to continue.

Accepting the License Agreement

   Step 6

Click Install to start the installation.

Starting Setup

   Step 7

After completing the installation, click Finish.

Installation Complete

   Step 8

Type packettracer to run CPT on the terminal and press Enter.

You can examine the following image that Packet Tracer failed to start. This is because; the dependent packages for CPT are not installed.

Unable to Start Packet Tracer

   Step 9

Open the Kali 2019 sources list with the command nano /etc/apt/sources.list and add the following address to the list and save the file.

deb stable main contrib non-free

Editing the Kali Sources List

   Step 10

Update the Kali repository list using the apt-update command.

Apt Update

   Step 11

One of the most important dependent packages for Packet Tracer is libpng. To download libpng, execute the following command on the terminal.


Libpng12 Download

   Step 12

Execute the dpkg -i libpng12-0_1.2.50-2+deb8u3_amd64.deb command to start the libpng installation on Kali.

dpkg -i libpng12-0_1.2.50-2+deb8u3_amd64.deb

When installing libpng, you may get an error in the terminal as follows because the multiarch-support package is required for this software to work.

Multiarch-Support Not Installed

   Step 13

To install the multiarch package on Kali, execute the apt install multiarch-support command.

apt install multiarch-support

Multiarch-Support Installation

   Step 14

After you try to install libpng again, you will see that the operation was successful. At the terminal, try running the simulator program with the packettracer command.

Packet Tracer now runs smoothly on Kali!

Running Packet Tracer

   Step 15

Click the Confirm Guest button to log in without opening a Cisco session on the software.

Cisco Login

   Step 16

After running Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2.2, you can check the new version in Help / About!

Verifying Version


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How to Install CPT 7.2.1 on Kali Linux 2018

Follow the steps below to install Packet Tracer step by step on the latest version of Kali 2018.X.

   Step 1

First, download the Packet Tracer for Linux to your computer and then open the Terminal on your system.

In the terminal, execute sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list and add the repo address “deb jessie main” and press Ctrl + X / Y / Enter to save the settings press.

1) sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list
deb jessie main

deb jessie main

   Step 2

After updating the repository list, perform the following commands in order to start the installation.

cd Desktop/
mkdir CPT72
tar -xvzf Packet\ Tracer\ 7.2.1\ for\ Linux\ 64\ bit.tar.gz -C CPT72/

The above command will extract the PacketTracer.tar.gz file to the folder named CPT72.

tar -xvzf Packet\ Tracer\ 7.2.1\ for\ Linux\ 64\ bit.tar.gz -C CPT72/

   Step 3

Go to the CPT72 folder on the Terminal and execute the “./install” command. After the installation starts, press Enter to accept the license agreement.

Installing Packet Tracer

   Step 4

Continuously press Enter to complete the installation process.

After a successful installation, you will receive a message as shown in the image below.

Packet Tracer Successfully Installed

   Step 5

Now, go to “cd /opt/pt/bin” and run “./PacketTracer7” to run CPT 7.2.1.

cd /opt/pt/bin

If you receive “” error in this step, go to the next step and install the libpng12 package. Error

   Step 6

To setup the Libpng12 package on Kali, execute the sudo apt-get install libpng12-0 command at the Terminal.

sudo apt-get install libpng12-0

sudo apt-get install libpng12-0

   Step 7

After trying to run Packet Tracer again, you will encounter “” error as in the image below.

Running Packet Tracer from Terminal

To solve the Packet Tracer libcrypto error on Linux systems, click on the image below to see our article!

Packet Tracer libcrypto

   Step 8

After you fix the Libcrypto error, you can now run Packet Tracer on your Kali computer!

Check Packet Tracer Version

Creating a Desktop Shortcut

After installing CPT, the desktop shortcut is not created by default in Kali. Therefore, you must manually create a shortcut. Otherwise, you will have to run the program with the terminal continuously.

To create a Packet Tracer desktop shortcut, perform the following command on the Terminal.

cp /opt/pt/bin/Cisco-PacketTracer.desktop ~/Desktop/
chmod +x ~/Desktop/Cisco-PacketTracer.desktop

Creating a Packet Tracer Desktop Shortcut

Creating a Start Menu Shortcut

To create a start menu shortcut for Packet Tracer, perform the following command in Terminal.

cp ~/Desktop/Cisco-PacketTracer.desktop /usr/share/applications

Creating a Packet Tracer Start Shortcut

After typing the name of the program in the Start menu, you will see that the shortcut is created as follows.

Check the Packet Tracer Shortcut


You can watch the video below to install Packet Tracer step by step on Kali operating system and also subscribe to our YouTube channel to support us!

   Final Word

In this article, we have installed the most widely used simulator software to prepare for Cisco exams on Kali Linux. And finally, we have created the necessary shortcuts for CPT. Thanks for following us!

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One Comment

  1. Avatar for Melchizedek Minja Melchizedek Minja 6 July 2020

    Thanks for the illustration, but for now the Cisco Packet Tracer installation file is no longer with the extension .run, now has .deb extension and I’ve tried my best to find a solution but doesn’t work… I’ve tried a command ‘sudo dpkg -i PacketTracer_730_amd64.deb’ but still fails to unpack

    Can you please help me with this, I’m Kali user, a bit new to it.


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