How to Install Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2.2 on Linux Mint 19.3

You can easily install and use the Cisco Packet Tracer network simulator program developed by Cisco on Linux distributions.

How to Install Cisco Packet Tracer on Linux Mint

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;

If you are using a Windows 10 operating system, click here to install it.

How to Install and Configure Packet Tracer 7.2.2

To install and run CPT 7.2.2 on the latest version of Linux Mint 19.3 Tricia or 19.2, follow the steps below in order.

   Step 1

Copy the .run installation file to your desktop and then open Terminal. Switch to root access on the terminal and run the following commands to start the installation.

chmod +x PacketTracer-7.2.2-ubuntu-setup.run
./PacketTracer-7.2.2-ubuntu-setup.run

 
./PacketTracer-7.2.2-ubuntu-setup.run

   Step 2

Click Next in the Packet Tracer Setup GUI window to continue.

Packet Tracer Setup Wizard

   Step 3

Click Next without changing the installation folder.

Configuring the Installation Folder

   Step 4

Select I accept the license to accept the license agreement of the program, and then click Next.

Accepting the License

   Step 5

In the Ready to Install window, click the Install button to start the installation.

Starting the Installation

   Step 6

After completing the installation, click the Finish button to exit the wizard.

Closing the Setup Wizard

   Step 7

Now run the “packettracer” command on the terminal and try to open the simulator program. The CPT program will not open as shown below! Because you need to install a dependent package.

Unable to Start CPT

   Step 8

You need to install the libpng package for Packet Tracer, otherwise, the program will not run on your system. Run the following commands in the terminal to download and install libpng.

wget https://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/pool/main/libp/libpng/libpng12-0_1.2.50-2+deb8u3_amd64.deb
dpkg -i libpng12-0_1.2.50-2+deb8u3_amd64.deb

 
Libpng Setup

   Step 9

The next time you run CPT, the program will launch successfully!

Packet Tracer Run Smoothly

   Step 10

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!

Guest Login to the Program

   Step 11

You can check if the Packet Tracer version is 7.2.2 in Help / About.

Checking the Version of the Program

   Video

You can watch the video below to install the Cisco simulator program step by step on your Linux computer and also subscribe to our YouTube channel to support us!


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.

   Step 1

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.

Edit Repository Addresses

   Step 2

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.

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

 
Extracting Packet Tracer.tar.gz to Folder

   Step 3

Go to the CPT72 folder and run the ./install command to start the installation.

Starting Setup from the Terminal

   Step 4

After installing the simulator software, execute the command ./PacketTracer7 on the Terminal to start the program.

If you encounter the libpng12-0 error as in the image below, you will need to install the libpng package for Linux Mint 19.

libpng12-0 Error

   Step 5

To install the libpng package in Mint, execute the following commands in the Terminal.

1) wget https://ftp.debian.org/debian/pool/main/libp/libpng/libpng12-0_1.2.50-2+deb8u3_amd64.deb
2) sudo dpkg -i libpng12-0_1.2.50-2+deb8u3_amd64.deb

 
libpng12-0 Installation

   Step 6

After installing libpng, you can now run CPT 7.2.1 on your system!

Running the Program

If the program is running, but you are getting libcrypto.so.1.0.0 error, click on the image below to see our article.

Troubleshooting Libcrypto

   Step 7

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.

Check Software Version

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.

   Step 1

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.

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

 
Creating a Desktop Shortcut

   Step 2

To create a Start Menu Launcher in Linux Mint, use the command below.

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

 
Creating a Start Menu Shortcut

NOTE: If the shortcut still does not work, open the Cisco Packet Tracer.desktop file with gedit and change the EXEC value to Exec=/opt/pt/bin/PacketTracer.

   Video

You can watch the video below to install simulator software on Linux Mint 19 (Tara) Cinnamon 64 Bit and also subscribe to our YouTube channel to support us!


How to Install CPT 7.1.1 on Linux Mint 18/19

You can follow the steps below to install the Cisco simulator 7.1.1 on versions 18.X or 19.X of Linux Mint.

   Step 1

Open the terminal and run sudo su to access root. Then, extract the .tar file to the PacketTracer711 folder.

You can use mkdir to create a folder on Linux.

Use the command below to extract the Packet Tracer 7.1.1.tar file to the folder.

tar -xvzf Packet-Tracer-7.1.1-for-Linux-64-bit.tar -C PacketTracer711/

 
Extracting a Tar File to a Folder

   Step 2

Go to the PacketTracer711 folder on the terminal and list the files in the folder using the ls command.

Then, run the ./install command to start the Packet Tracer installation on Linux. To accept the license agreement, press Enter.

Starting the Installation

   Step 3

To read the Cisco simulator 7.1.1 license agreement quickly, press the Space key.

Reading and Accepting the License Agreement at Terminal

   Step 4

Packet Tracer installation on Linux 18 completed successfully!

CPT 7.1.1 Installation Successfully Completed

   Step 5

To run the program, first go to cd /opt/pt/bin/ and execute ./PacketTracer7.

cd /opt/pt/bin/

   Step 6

If you receive libQt5Multimedia.so.5 error when you try to start Packet Tracer, perform the following commands in Terminal, respectively.

apt-get install qtmultimedia5-dev
apt-get install libqt5script5
apt-get install libqt5scripttools5

 
libQt5Multimedia.so.5 Error

   Step 7

After installing the above packages, restart Packet Tracer, and it will open as you can see in the image below.

Seamless Opening of CPT After Installing Additional Packages

   Step 8

Click the Guest Login button to log in to Packet Tracer 7.1.1.

Guest Login

   Step 9

After waiting 15 seconds, click the Confirm Guest button to confirm the login.

Confirm Guest

   Step 10

The installation of CPT 7.1.1 on the Mint operating system has been completed successfully!

Checking Version

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.

   Step 1

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/

 
rm -r /opt/pt/

   Step 2

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.

Shortcut Failure Error

   Step 3

Use the following commands to remove the start menu shortcuts of Packet Tracer.

rm /usr/share/applications/pt7.desktop
rm /usr/share/applications/Cisco-PacketTracer.desktop

 
rm /usr/share/applications/pt7.desktop

   Step 4

Check that the shortcut of the program is in the start menu.

Remove a Shortcut

   Step 5

To remove the icon from the Packet Tracer, run rm /usr/share/icons/hicolor/48×48/apps/pt7.png.

rm /usr/share/icons/hicolor/48x48/apps/pt7.png

 
rm /usr/share/icons/hicolor/48x48/apps/pt7.png

   Step 6

To remove the Packet Tracer desktop shortcut, run the rm Cisco-Packet Tracer.desktop command.

rm Cisco-PacketTracer.desktop

 
rm Cisco-PacketTracer.desktop

   Video

   Final Word


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!

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10 Comments

  1. Avatar for Valdecir Carvalho - Homelaber Valdecir Carvalho - Homelaber 22 September 2018

    Hi there!
    I manage to install and run PT 7.2 on Mint 19, BUT some IoT devices are not working.
    If you try to add for instance a Garage Door or a Fan or a Push Button and click with ALT it wont work. I have the same instalation on Ubuntu and it is working. Weird don´t you think? Could you try in your setup?

    Regards,
    VC

    Reply
  2. Avatar for Adilson Junior Adilson Junior 21 November 2018

    perfect tutorial no problems install :}

    Reply
  3. Avatar for Christos V Christos V 3 December 2018

    Really useful. Also the instructions were really clear. thanks

    Reply
    • Avatar for tolqabaqci tolqabaqci 3 December 2018

      You’re welcome! Thanks for your feedback!

      Reply
  4. Avatar for Junior SAntos - Made in Brasil Junior SAntos - Made in Brasil 3 January 2019

    Para ajudar a Galera ai:
    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

    Reply
  5. Avatar for henry henry 21 July 2019

    hi i am new to linux.. and to packet tracer

    After several trial and errors.. a lot of them
    i made could finally install it.

    thanks a lot

    Reply
    • Avatar for tolqabaqci tolqabaqci 23 July 2019

      I’m glad to hear that. Thanks for your comment!

      Reply
  6. Avatar for jackie jackie 22 November 2019

    The libpng website is full of Vulnerability Warnings.

    Is it possible to use PT with newer libpng?

    Reply
    • Avatar for tolqabaqci tolqabaqci 23 November 2019

      You can try with newer libpng, but PT may not work. You need to try to see if this works.

      Reply
  7. Avatar for Denis Denis 5 January 2020

    Thank you. Very helpful tutorial

    Reply

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