How to Install Cisco Packet Tracer 8.2 (8.2.0) on Linux Mint 21

In this article, we will examine how to set up and use the Cisco Packet Tracer 8.2 (8.2.0) simulator program on Linux Mint 21 Vanessa distribution for people or students who are preparing for Cisco Routing or Switching exams or who want to improve themselves in computer networks.

How to Install Cisco Packet Tracer 8.2 (8.2.0) on Linux Mint 21

How to Install and Use Packet Tracer Network Simulator on Linux Mint 21 Vanessa

As you know, the latest version of Packet Tracer, one of the most popular network simulation programs used to prepare for Cisco exams, was recently published by Cisco Networking Academy.

You can easily install and use the Packet Tracer network simulator program developed by Cisco on Linux distributions instead of Windows operating systems.

The latest version of the Packet Tracer network simulator program is 8.2.0. You can download this version from the official site. If you do not have a Cisco Netacad account, you can take a look at this article to create a new account.

If you are using a Windows 10 operating system, you can browse our related article by clicking here to install it on your system.

How to Download and Install Packet Tracer

You can visit this article to directly download the Cisco simulator software, which can be easily installed on Linux distributions such as Linux Mint, Ubuntu, or Debian, or you can download it from the official website after creating a new account in Cisco Netacad and logging in.

Step 1

To obtain the new version of Cisco software, visit this webpage and click Login as in the image below.

Netacad Login

Step 2

You need a Cisco account to log in to the Netacad website. Therefore, you will be redirected to Cisco’s login webpage.

After typing your e-mail address and password for which you created the Cisco account, click the Login button.

Typing User Account Information

Step 3

After logging in to Cisco Networking Academy, click Resources / Download Packet Tracer from the menu.

Resources / Download Packet Tracer

Step 4

After scrolling down the webpage a little bit, click on the 64-bit Download option under Ubuntu Desktop Version 8.2.0 English and save the deb package.

Ubuntu Desktop Version 8.1.1 English

Step 5

After downloading the Packet Tracer.deb package to your computer, open the terminal by pressing CTRL + ALT + T in the Downloads location and execute the “sudo apt update” command to update the software package list according to the configured resources.

sudo apt update

Update Package Information

Step 6

You can use the “ls” command in the terminal to list the files in Downloads. Execute the command “sudo dpkg -i CiscoPacketTracer_811_Ubuntu_64bit.deb” to install the package with the deb extension you downloaded.

sudo dpkg -i CiscoPacketTracer_820_Ubuntu_64bit.deb

Installing the Deb Package

Step 7

When the Configuring Packet Tracer window opens, press Enter to accept the license agreement of the simulator software.

Accepting the Packet Tracer Software License Agreement

Step 8

Press Enter on Yes to accept the EULA license terms of Cisco Packet Tracer.

Accepting EULA Terms

Step 9

Once the installation is complete, you will not be able to run Packet Tracer because you need to install its dependent packages. Go to the next step to install the necessary software for the Cisco simulator.

Checking Dependent Packages

Step 10

To force the discovery and installation of dependent packages from repository addresses, execute the “sudo apt install -f” command in the terminal and confirm additional disk usage.

sudo apt install -f

Installing Dependent Packages

Step 11

After installing the necessary packages, execute the “packet tracer” command in the terminal to run the program.


Running Packet Tracer from Terminal

Step 12

Click Yes if you want the multi-user feature to be active every time you start Packet Tracer.

Enabling the Multi-User Feature

Step 13

When the Cisco Packet Tracer Login window opens, click Networking Academy.

Login to Cisco Networking Academy

Step 14

Re-type your Netacad account information and log in.

Typing Cisco Account Information

Step 15

You can now start using Cisco networking software on your Linux computer. You can find out the version of the program by clicking the Help / About option from the tool menu.

Checking Packet Tracer Version

How to Create a Desktop Shortcut

You can access the program faster by creating a desktop shortcut for Packet Tracer.

Step 1

To create a shortcut for the Cisco simulation program, execute the below commands in the terminal to assign executable permission.

cp /usr/share/applications/cisco-pt.desktop ~/Desktop/
chmod +x ~/Desktop/cisco-pt.desktop

Creating a Desktop Shortcut for Packet Tracer

Step 2

You can easily create a desktop shortcut from the start menu without using a terminal. To do this, find the program, right-click on it, and then click Add to Desktop.

Creating a Shortcut from the Start Menu

How to Install Packet Tracer with User Interface (GUI)

You can install any program on Linux Mint through the terminal, or you can install it using the user interface (GUI). For example, to establish the deb package, you can double-click on it to open the wizard and install your software.

Step 1

Please navigate to the location where you downloaded the Packet Tracer.deb package and double-click on it.

Installing Deb Package with User Interface in Linux Mint

Step 2

After clicking Install Package in the Cisco Packet Tracer Installation Package window, type your root password and click the Authenticate button.

Installing the Packet Tracer Package

Step 3

Click Continue in the window that lists the additional software that needs to be installed.

Confirming the Installation of Additional Software

Step 4

Wait while the additional packages of the Packet Tracer software are being installed.

Installing Required Packages

Step 5

When you search for Cisco software in the start menu, you can see that it is installed on your system.

Checking that Packet Tracer is Installed from the Start Menu

How to Create a New Project

After installing Packet Tracer on Linux Mint, you can create topologies to better understand computer networks by creating a new project, or you can start learning to configure Cisco Router or Switch devices better.

Step 1

After clicking the Routers icon from the network devices category, add two 2911 model Routers to the workspace.

Adding Two Cisco Routers to the Workspace

Step 2

After double-clicking Router0, click HWIC-2T in the Physical tab in the window that opens and add the serial interface displayed in the lower right corner to the Router. Make sure to turn off the power of the Router before adding the Serial Interface.

Adding Serial Interface to Router

Step 3

Add the HWIC-2T hardware to the Router1 device.

Adding Serial Interface to Router

Step 4

Add a desktop computer and a laptop to the workspace.

Adding One Desktop Computer and Laptop to the Workspace

Step 5

After enabling the cabling option, select Copper Straight-Through and plug one end of the cable into the FastEthernet0 port of PC0.

Connecting PC to Router

Step 6

Plug the other end of the copper cable into Router0’s GigabitEthernet0/0 port.

Connecting PC to Router's GigabitEthernet Port

Step 7

In the same way, after connecting Laptop0 and Router1, choose Serial DCE from the cabling types to join the Routers, and connect one end of the cable to the Serial0/3/0 port of R0 and the other end to the Serial0/3/0 port of R1.

Connecting Two Routers with Serial Port

Step 8

To assign a static IP address to PC0, open the Desktop / IP Configuration tool after double-clicking on it and type the IP address

IPv4 Address:
Subnet Mask:
Default Gateway:

Assigning Static IP Address to PC

Step 9

Assign an IP address to laptop0 from block

IPv4 Address:
Subnet Mask:
Default Gateway:

Assigning Static IP Address to Laptop

Step 10

After configuring the IP of end-user devices, assign IP addresses to Router0’s GigabitEthernet and Serial ports.

Router# conf t
Router(config)# interface gigabitethernet 0/0
Router(config-if)# ip address
Router(config-if)# no shutdown
Router(config-if)# exit
Router(config)# interface serial 0/3/0
Router(config-if)# no shutdown

Assigning IP Address to Router R0's GigabitEthernet and Serial Interfaces

Step 11

Configure the GigabitEthernet and Serial interfaces of Router1 as well.

Router# conf t
Router(config)# interface gigabitethernet 0/0
Router(config-if)# ip address
Router(config-if)# no shutdown
Router(config-if)# exit
Router(config)# interface serial 0/3/0
Router(config-if)# no shutdown

Assigning IP Address to Router R1's GigabitEthernet and Serial Interfaces

Step 12

After configuring all devices in the network topology, test the network connection by pinging the ports of Router0 and the serial interface of Router1 from PC0.

As in the image below, you will see that PC0 cannot access the serial interface connected to Router1 because no routing protocol is configured.

Failed to Ping Serial Port of R1 from PC

Step 13

When you test the network connection on Laptop0, you can check that it cannot access the network and Router0’s serial interface.

Ping Failed to Serial Port of R0 from Laptop

Step 14

You can use the ip route command in the CLI prompt to add a static routing to the routers. To add a fixed route to Router0, execute the “ip route” command in config mode.

ip route

Adding Static Route to Router0

Step 15

To add a static route to Router1, execute the command “ip route” in config mode.

ip route

Adding Static Route to Router1

Step 16

After configuring static routing on routers, you can successfully ping Laptop0 from PC0.

Ping Successful from PC to Network

Step 17

Likewise, you can successfully ping PC0 on the network from Laptop0 on the network.

Ping Successful from Laptop to Network

How to Uninstall Packet Tracer from Linux Mint

When you want to remove and delete Cisco Packet Tracer altogether from your Linux distribution, you can do this with a few commands from the terminal.

Step 1

Execute the “sudo apt remove packettracer” command to remove the Packet Tracer software from your system.

sudo apt remove packettracer

Uninstalling Packet Tracer

Step 2

Execute the “sudo apt autoremove && sudo apt autoclean” command to delete dependent packages and residual files while uninstalling Packet Tracer from your system.

sudo apt autoremove && sudo apt autoclean

Deleting Unnecessary Files of the Program

Step 3

At the same time, you can quickly delete the shortcut you created on the desktop from the terminal.

sudo rm -rf cisco-pt.desktop

Deleting the Program's Desktop Shortcut


Installing Old Versions

1) Packet Tracer 7.2.2

  1. Copy the .run extension installation file you downloaded to your computer to your desktop, and then open the terminal. Switch to root access in the terminal and run the commands below to start the installation.
    • chmod +x
    • ./
  2. Continue by clicking the Next button in the Packet Tracer Setup GUI window.
  3. Click Next without changing the installation folder.
  4. Check I accept the license to accept the license agreement of the program, and then click Next.
  5. In the Ready to Install window, click the Install button to start the installation process.
  6. After completing the installation, click Finish to exit the wizard.
  7. Now, run the “packettracer” command in the console. Then, when you try to open the simulator program, it will not open because you need to install dependent packages.
  8. You need to install the Libpng package for Packet Tracer. Otherwise, the program will not work on your system. To download and install libpng, run the commands below in the terminal.
    • wget
    • dpkg -i libpng12-0_1.2.50-2+deb8u3_amd64.deb
  9. When you rerun CPT, the program will open successfully this time!
  10. To log into the program as a guest without logging in to Cisco, click the Guest Login button, and after waiting for 15 seconds, you can log in to the program by clicking Confirm Guest!
  11. You can check that the Packet Tracer version is 7.2.2 in the Help / About section.

2.1) Packet Tracer 7.2.1

  1. First, edit the source.list of your Mint 19 system as follows.
    • deb tara main upstream import backport
      deb bionic main restricted universe multiverse
      deb bionic-updates main restricted universe multiverse
      deb bionic-backports main restricted universe multiverse
      deb bionic-security main restricted universe multiverse
      deb bionic partner
  2. Press Ctrl + X / Y / Enter respectively to save your changes.
  3. To extract the CPT 7.2.1.tar.gz file to the folder, create a folder named CPT72 with the mkdir command. Next, execute the command “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/
  4. Go to the CPT72 folder and execute the ./install command to start the installation.
  5. After installing the simulator software, execute the ./PacketTracer7 command in the terminal to start the program. If you encounter the libpng12-0 error, you need to install the libpng package.
  6. To install the libpng package, execute the following commands in the terminal.
    • wget
    • sudo dpkg -i libpng12-0_1.2.50-2+deb8u3_amd64.deb
  7. After installing libpng, you can now run CPT 7.2.1 on your system!
  8. After fixing the libcrypto error, you will no longer see a warning in the terminal when you run the program. You can check the CPT version in Help / About.

2.2) Creating a Shortcut for Packet Tracer 7.2.1

There is nothing easier than creating a start menu for a program on the Windows operating system. However, this may not be the case when creating desktops and starting menu shortcuts for some programs in Linux operating systems.

Shortcuts for some applications do not work on Linux platforms, and as a result, you have to create a new desktop shortcut manually.

After installing Packet Tracer 7.2.1, a program shortcut is not automatically created on the desktop and start menu. Therefore, you can fix the shortcut problem with a few commands. Follow the steps below to create a desktop and start a menu shortcut.

  1. Since the Packet Tracer software is installed in the /opt/pt/ location, you must copy the Cisco Packet Tracer.desktop file from this location to the desktop.
    • cp /opt/pt/bin/Cisco-PacketTracer.desktop ~/Desktop/
    • chmod +x ~/Desktop/Cisco-PacketTracer.desktop
  2. To create a Start Menu Launcher, execute the following command.
    • cp ~/Desktop/Cisco-PacketTracer.desktop /usr/share/applications
  3. NOTE: If the shortcut still does not work, open the Cisco Packet Tracer.desktop file with the gedit program and replace the EXEC value with Exec=/opt/pt/bin/PacketTracer.

3.1) Packet Tracer 7.1.1

  1. Open Terminal and run the sudo su command to gain root access. Next, extract the .tar file to the PacketTracer711 folder.
    • tar -xvzf Packet-Tracer-7.1.1-for-Linux-64-bit.tar -C PacketTracer711/
  2. Go to the PacketTracer711 folder on the terminal and list the files in the folder using the ls command. Then, execute the ./install command to start the installation. To accept the license agreement, press Enter repeatedly.
  3. Press Space to quickly read the Cisco simulator 7.1.1 license agreement.
  4. To run the program after installation, first go to cd /opt/pt/bin/ and run the ./PacketTracer7 command.
  5. If you get error when you try to start Packet Tracer, execute the following commands in the terminal one by one.
    • apt-get install qtmultimedia5-dev
    • apt-get install libqt5script5
    • apt-get install libqt5scripttools5
  6. After installing the above packages, when you start Packet Tracer again, the program will open without any problems.
  7. Click the Guest Login button to log in as a Packet Tracer 7.1.1 guest.
  8. After waiting for 15 seconds, click the Confirm Guest button to confirm the guest check-in and start the program.

3.2) Uninstalling Packet Tracer 7.1.1

You can use the Software Center to uninstall a program installed on Linux. Also, you can use 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 the terminal.

  1. After turning on your system, open the terminal on the desktop, execute the sudo su command to gain root access, and then type your password and press Enter. To delete Packet Tracer, run the rm -r /opt/pt/ command in the terminal.
    • rm -r /opt/pt/
  2. After uninstalling the program, you will see that Packet Tracer does not open when you double-click the shortcut.
  3. Follow the commands below to remove the start menu shortcuts of Packet Tracer.
    • rm /usr/share/applications/pt7.desktop
    • rm /usr/share/applications/Cisco-PacketTracer.desktop
  4. Check if the program shortcut is in the start menu.
  5. To remove the icon of Packet Tracer, follow the command below.
    • rm /usr/share/icons/hicolor/48x48/apps/pt7.png
  6. Execute the rm Cisco-Packet Tracer.desktop command to remove the desktop shortcut.
    • rm Cisco-PacketTracer.desktop

Installing Old Versions (Video + Slide)

PT Version
YouTube Video
8.2 (NEW)


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