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 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 the terminal, execute sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list and add the repo address “deb https://ftp.de.debian.org/debian jessie main” and press Ctrl + X / Y / Enter to save the settings press.
1) sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list
deb https://ftp.de.debian.org/debian jessie main
After updating the repository list, perform the following commands in order to start the installation.
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.
Go to the CPT72 folder on the Terminal and execute the “./install” command. After the installation starts, press Enter to accept the license agreement.
Continuously press Enter to complete the installation process.
After a successful installation, you will receive a message as shown in the image below.
Now, go to “cd /opt/pt/bin” and run “./PacketTracer7” to run CPT 7.2.1.
If you receive “libpng12.so.0” error in this step, go to the next step and install the libpng12 package.
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
After trying to run Packet Tracer again, you will encounter “libcrypto.so.1.0.0” error as in the image below.
To solve the Packet Tracer libcrypto error on Linux systems, click on the image below to see our article!
After you fix the Libcrypto error, you can now run Packet Tracer on your Kali computer!
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.
After typing the name of the program in the Start menu, you will see that the shortcut is created as follows.
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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!