How to Install Cisco Packet Tracer 8.2 on Mac & macOS

In this article, we will examine how to set up and use Cisco Packet Tracer 8.2 (8.2.0), a free network simulator program developed for Cisco Networking Academy students, in the macOS 12 Monterey operating system on a Mac computer.

How to Install Cisco Packet Tracer 8.2 on Mac/macOS

How to Install Packet Tracer 8.2.0 on macOS 14, 13, or 12

Cisco’s network simulation tool Packet Tracer software did not support macOS systems in its earlier versions. It could only be installed on Windows and Linux distributions. However, PlayOnMac and Wine applications were used as alternative methods to make an installation.

Users with beginner or advanced knowledge preparing for Cisco exams can download the Packet Tracer software free of charge according to the system they use after registering on the Netacad website.

As easy as it is to install any program on Mac computers, it is just as easy to install Packet Tracer. After mounting the DMG extension installation file you downloaded to your computer, you can easily install Packet Tracer through the installation wizard.

How to Download and Install Packet Tracer

You can download Packet Tracer software after creating a new account on the official website of Netacad, obtain it from other sources on the Internet, or download it from this article.

Step 1

After creating your account, visit the Netacad website and click login.

Netacad Login

Step 2

Type the email address and password that you entered during the registration and click login again.

Typing Mail Account and Password for Login

Step 3

Click Resources / Download Packet Tracer from the Netacad homepage menu.

Resources / Download Packet Tracer

Step 4

Scroll down the webpage a bit and click on the 64-bit Download option under macOS Version 8.2.0 English to download the Cisco simulation program.

macOS Version 8.2.0 English

Step 5

Mount the image file by double-clicking on the DMG file you downloaded to your Mac.


Step 6

Since you downloaded the Packet Tracer software from the Internet, confirm it to run on your system. Additionally, you can tick the option not to warn me again when opening applications from this disk image.

Confirming Opening the Program

Step 7

Click the Continue button in the Packet Tracer installation wizard.

Setup Wizard

Step 8

Accept the license agreement of the simulation program and continue.

Accepting the License Agreement

Step 9

Click Install in the Ready to Install window, which states that 616.33 MB of disk space will be used on your computer.

Starting Installation

Step 10

Wait while the Cisco simulator is installed on your macOS operating system. At this stage, when prompted for your macOS user account password, type your password and continue with the installation.

Installing Components

Step 11

After the wizard completes the installation, click the Done button.

Completing the Setup Wizard

Step 12

When the installation is finished, a folder named Cisco Packet Tracer 8.2.0 will be created in Applications. Run it by double-clicking on the program icon in this folder.

Running Packet Tracer

Step 13

Click Yes to activate the multi-user feature every time you run Packet Tracer.

Enabling the Multi-User Feature

Step 14

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

Login Networking Academy

Step 15

Re-type your Cisco Netacad account information and click Log in.

Typing Cisco Account Information

Step 16

You can check the version of Cisco Packet Tracer software in Help / About.

Checking Packet Tracer Version

How to Create a New Project

After installing Cisco Packet Tracer on macOS, you can start preparing for your Cisco exams by creating a new project.

Step 1

After activating the PC device from the End Devices panel, add two PCs to the workspace.

Adding Two PCs to the Workspace

Step 2

Click on Switch types from the device category and add a 2960 model Switch to the workspace.

Adding a Switch to the Workspace

Step 3

Click on the Router category and add a 2911 model Router to the workspace.

Adding a Router to the Workspace

Step 4

To connect the computers you have added to the network environment to the Switch, activate the cabling option and select Copper Straight-Through. After choosing the network cable, connect one end of the cables to the Ethernet interfaces of PC0 and PC1 and tie the ends of the other wires to the FastEthernet0/0 and FastEthernet 0/1 interfaces of the Switch.

Connecting PCs to Switch

Step 5

Likewise, connect one end of the flat copper cable to the Switch’s GigabitEthernet0/0 interface and the other end to the Router’s GigabitEthernet0/0 interface.

Connecting the Switch to the Router

Step 6

Open the CLI command prompt by clicking on Router0 and assign a new IP address to the GigabitEthernet0/0 interface, which is the interface connected to the Switch, using the commands below.

Router# conf t
Router (config)# interface gigabitEthernet 0/0
Router (config-if)# ip address
Router (config-if)# no shutdown

Assigning an IP Address to the Router's GigabitEthernet Interface

Step 7

Open the configuration window by clicking on PC0, and then click IP Configuration in the Desktop section. To assign a static IP address to PC0, fill in the IPv4 Address, Subnet Mask, and Default Gateway sections as in the image below.

Assigning IP Address to PC0

Step 8

Likewise, assign the IP address to PC1.

Assigning IP Address to PC1

Step 9

To ping PC0 and PC1 from Router0, execute the commands ping and ping in the CLI command prompt of the Router.

Router# ping
Router# ping

Pinging PCs from Router

Step 10

After checking the network connection between the Router and the PCs, open Command Prompt on PC0 and execute the commands ping and ping to ping the default gateway and PC1.

Pinging from PC0 to Router and PC1

Step 11

Likewise, test the network connection by pinging PC1 to PC0 and the default gateway.

Ping from PC1 to Router and PC0

How to Uninstall Packet Tracer from macOS & Mac

You can quickly delete a program by moving it to the trash on macOS systems. However, you can completely delete some software from your system using the uninstall wizard.

Step 1

If you want to remove Packet Tracer from your Mac altogether, go to Applications and run the maintenance tool in the program’s folder.

Uninstalling Packet Tracer

Step 2

When the Setup Wizard opens, select Remove all components and click Continue.

Remove All Components

Step 3

Click Uninstall in the window that warns that the /Applications/Cisco Packet Tracer 8.2.0 directory will be deleted entirely from your system.

Initiating Uninstall for Cisco Program

Step 4

After uninstalling the Cisco Packet Tracer, click the Done button in the Wizard window.

Closing the Uninstall Wizard

Step 5

After uninstalling the program, open Spotlight by clicking Command + Space to clean the unnecessary residual files of the relevant program on your macOS system and run the terminal.

Execute the mdfind command to view all files belonging to Packet Tracer in the terminal and delete unnecessary files with the rm -rf command.

mdfind Packet Tracer
sudo rm -rf '/Users/macos/Library/Application Support/Cisco Packet Tracer/'
sudo rm -rf '/Users/macos/Cisco Packet Tracer 8.2.0/'

Deleting Relic Files of the Program


Installing Old Versions

macOS Version
PT Version
YouTube Video
High Sierra
High Sierra
7.1.1 (PlayOnMac)
7.1.1 (Wine)
8.2.0 (NEW)


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