How to Install Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2.2 on openSUSE Leap 15

In this article, we will setup and run Cisco Packet Tracer to prepare for Routing, Switching exams on a great Linux distribution, SUSE Linux.

How to Install Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2.2 on openSUSE Leap 15

How to Setup Cisco Packet Tracer on openSUSE

openSUSE Linux is an open-source continuation of the SUSE distribution launched by a group of German university students in the 1990s. There are two versions, Leap and Tumbleweed. Leap follows a fixed release model with different discrete versions of its distribution, while Tumbleweed follows a cylinder release model. In a release version model, even the most updates are released whenever possible, rather than waiting for a new version of the distribution.

The Leap 15 version of openSUSE was released on May 28, 2018. You can take a look at this article to install this version on a virtual machine.

Packet Tracer is a free simulator software developed and published by Networking Academy. Version 7.2.2 of this software was released on September 11, 2019.

After installing openSUSE, you can create and experience various network projects by installing the Cisco network simulator on your system. First of all, download the network simulator to your Linux computer from here and then follow the steps below in order for a step-by-step installation.

   Step 1

Run the wizard by double-clicking on the .Run extension PT file you downloaded.

Packet Tracer Setup Wizard

   Step 2

In the Installation Folder window, continue directly because installing the simulator software in the selected location by default will prevent complexity in the future.

Selecting the Installation Folder

   Step 3

Read and accept the license agreement of Packet Tracer.

Accepting the License

   Step 4

Now, click Install to install Packet Tracer on your SUSE computer.

Starting the Installation

   Step 5

Type the password for your root account to continue the installation and click OK to continue.

SUSE Root Password

   Step 6

After confirming the root password, the installation will be completed in about 1 minute.

Closing Wizard

   Step 7

In order to use the Cisco simulator software in Linux distributions, you will need to install some additional dependent packages. In openSUSE Linux, this is the same and therefore use the following command on the terminal to download Libpng, the most important package for this software.

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

 
Download Libpng.deb Package for SUSE

   Step 8

You have downloaded the libpng.deb package, but you cannot normally install Debian-based packages on SUSE Linux. To install it in openSUSE, you must install the DPKG software.

To install DPKG on openSUSE, execute the following command on the terminal:

sudo zypper install dpkg

 
Installing Dpkg on SUSE

   Step 9

After configuring the DPKG package installer, perform the following commands to extract the Libpng package on SUSE and copy the corresponding file to /opt/pt/bin/:

mkdir cpt; dpkg -x libpng12-0_1.2.50-2+deb8u3_amd64.deb ./cpt
sudo cp ./cpt/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libpng12.so.0 /opt/pt/bin/

 
libpng12.so.0

   Step 10

After copying libpng12.so.0 to the appropriate location, execute the packettracer command on the terminal and run the software.

packettracer

 
Running Packet Tracer

   Step 11

After running Packet Tracer, type your Netacad account information on the Cisco Networking session page and log in.

If you do not have a Netacad account, click the Guest Login button to run Packet Tracer without logging in.

Guest Login

   Step 12

Once you have successfully installed and run the simulator, you can now prepare for your Cisco exams!

Cisco Simulator Overview

   Video

You can watch the video below to configure and use Packet Tracer on Linux and also subscribe to our YouTube channel to support us!


How to Install Packet Tracer on SUSE using Wine

On Windows, the program setup files usually use the .exe extension. In Linux distributions, there are several different ways to install an EXE extension program.

The most widely used software is Wine. With this software, you can easily install all software supported software on your Linux computer.

You can follow the steps below to install Packet Tracer using Wine on your Linux operating system.

   Step 1

First, you will need to install Wine on your SUSE system. To do this, click on the image below to browse our article and perform the installation.

Installing Wine on openSUSE

   Step 2

After installing Wine, click the Right-Click / Open with Wine option on the Packet Tracer.exe file.

Open with Wine

   Step 3

In the installation window of Packet Tracer 7.1.1 / 7.2, accept the license agreement and click Next.

Accepting the License Agreement

   Step 4

Leave the installation location at the default setting and click Next.

Selecting a Destination Location

   Step 5

Leave the Start Menu Folder configuration by default and click Next.

Creating a Start Menu Shortcut

   Step 6

To create a desktop shortcut, select Create a desktop shortcut and click Next to continue the installation.

Creating a Desktop Shortcut

   Step 7

Click Install to start the simulator setup.

Starting Setup

   Step 8

Wait while the files required for the software are extracted and copied.

Extracting Files

   Step 9

Select Launch Cisco Packet Tracer and click Finish.

Launch Cisco Packet Tracer

   Step 10

It is reported that the network designs you make on Packet Tracer will be saved in the location in the following window. Click OK to close the warning window.

Location of Projects

   Step 11

Wait while the Cisco Networking Academy software opens.

Cisco Networking Academy

   Step 12

You can check the version number of the software in Help / About.

Checking the Version Number

   Video

   Final Word


In this article, we have installed and run Networking Academy’s popular simulator on Linux-based openSUSE Leap 15.0 (15.1). Thanks for following us!

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