How to Run Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2.2 on Linux Mint
Linux Mint 19.3 Tricia was released on December 18, 2019, and support will be provided for this version until 2023.
As you know, the latest version of Packet Tracer, the most popular network software program used to prepare for Cisco exams, was recently released by Cisco Networking Academy.
The most current version of the CPT network simulator program is 7.2.2. This version can be downloaded from the official site of Netacad.com. If you do not have a Cisco Netacad account, click here to create a new one.
Although Packet Tracer 7.2.2 includes many improvements, some Linux distributions require additional dependent packages to work properly.
This time, the Cisco team created a GUI installation interface for Packet Tracer, allowing users to install more easily on Linux systems.
In our previous articles, we have installed and run CPT on other Linux distributions;
The next time you run CPT, the program will launch successfully!
To log in to the program without logging in to Cisco, click the Guest Login button and wait 15 seconds, then click Confirm Guest to log in!
You can check if the Packet Tracer version is 7.2.2 in Help / About.
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How to Install CPT 7.2.1 on Linux Mint 19.1
You can follow the steps below to install the Cisco Packet software on the 19.1 version of Linux Mint.
First, edit the source.list of your Mint 19.1 system as follows.
deb https://packages.linuxmint.com tara main upstream import backport
deb https://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic main restricted universe multiverse
deb https://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-updates main restricted universe multiverse
deb https://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-backports main restricted universe multiverse
deb https://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ bionic-security main restricted universe multiverse
deb https://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu/ bionic partner
Press Ctrl + X / Y / Enter keys to save your changes.
To extract the CPT 7.2.1.tar.gz file to the folder, create a folder named CPT72 with the mkdir command.
Then, run tar -xvzf Packet\ Tracer\ 7.2.1\ for\ Linux\ 64\ bit.tar.gz -C CPT72/ to extract the installation files to the folder.
After installing libpng, you can now run CPT 7.2.1 on your system!
If the program is running, but you are getting libcrypto.so.1.0.0 error, click on the image below to see our article.
After you correct the libcrypto error, you will no longer see a warning in Terminal when you run the program. You can check the CPT version in Help / About.
Creating a Desktop and Start Menu Shortcut
It’s not as easy as creating a start menu for a program on a Windows operating system. However, it may not be possible to create a desktop and start menu shortcuts for some programs on Linux operating systems.
On Linux platforms, some applications’ shortcuts don’t work, and as a result, you need to manually create a new desktop shortcut.
After installing Packet Tracer 7.2.1, a program shortcut is not automatically created on the desktop and in the start menu. So you can fix the shortcut problem with a few commands.
Follow the steps below to create a desktop and start menu shortcut.
Because Packet Tracer software is installed on /opt/pt/ on Linux systems, you need to copy the Cisco Packet Tracer.desktop file from /opt/pt/bin/ to the desktop.
Open Terminal by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T together and create a desktop shortcut for Packet Tracer using the following commands.
After installing the above packages, restart Packet Tracer, and it will open as you can see in the image below.
Click the Guest Login button to log in to Packet Tracer 7.1.1.
After waiting 15 seconds, click the Confirm Guest button to confirm the login.
The installation of CPT 7.1.1 on the Mint operating system has been completed successfully!
How to Uninstall Packet Tracer
You can use the Software Center to uninstall a program installed on Linux. You can also use the Synaptic Package Manager.
However, if you cannot see and uninstall a program you have installed on Linux on Synaptic Package Manager, you will have to use Terminal.
Follow the steps below to completely uninstall / delete Packet Tracer simulator from Mint OS.
After turning on your system, open the terminal on the desktop and execute sudo su command to access Root, then type your root password and press Enter.
To uninstall Cisco Packet Tracer on Linux, run rm -r /opt/pt/ at the Terminal.
rm -r /opt/pt/
After uninstalling the Cisco Packet Tracer on Linux, try to open the program by double-clicking the shortcut on the desktop. You will see that the Packet Tracer does not open as shown in the image below.
Use the following commands to remove the start menu shortcuts of Packet Tracer.
Check that the shortcut of the program is in the start menu.
To remove the icon from the Packet Tracer, run rm /usr/share/icons/hicolor/48×48/apps/pt7.png.
To remove the Packet Tracer desktop shortcut, run the rm Cisco-Packet Tracer.desktop command.
In this article, we have examined how to install and run the latest version of the Cisco Packet Tracer on the Mint distribution. We’ve also explored how to download and install some additional packages that require new versions. Thanks for following us!