How to Install Cisco Packet Tracer 8.2 (8.2.0) on openSUSE Leap 15 (15.4 – 15.5)

In this article, we will examine how to set up Cisco Packet Tracer 8.2 (8.2.0) to prepare for Cisco exams or configure network devices on openSUSE Leap 15 (15.4), which system and home users prefer in terms of performance rather than other Linux distributions.

How to Install Cisco Packet Tracer 8.2 on openSUSE Leap 15

How to Use Packet Tracer 8.2 (8.2.0) on openSUSE Leap 15 Linux System

As you know, Packet Tracer software is a free network simulator application for Cisco Networking students. In addition to having many Cisco and other network devices in the program, it also allows you to design physical and logical networks.

If one of the openSUSE versions, Leap or Tumbleweed, is installed on your computer, you can install the Cisco software on your system and start preparing for your Cisco exams.

The point to note here is that Packet Tracer software is usually easier to install by Ubuntu or other distributions. However, if you are using a Fedora or SUSE distribution with an RPM-based package manager, you will need to convert the DEB package to an RPM extension to install it on your system.

Before you can install DEB packages on RPM-based Linux distributions, you must first install the Alien application on your PC and convert the relevant package to RPM. Please note that creating an RPM-based setup file using Alien may cause problems with applications in some cases.

How to Download Packet Tracer and Convert DEB Package to RPM

When you try to download Packet Tracer software from the Netacad website, you will see only Ubuntu distribution from the platforms listed. So, this setup file will have the extension, DEB. After downloading the Cisco software DEB package, you need to prepare or convert the setup file for your SUSE system.

Step 1

Create a new account in Cisco Netacad or visit this source to log in with your existing account and click login from the drop-down menu on the right.

Netacad Login

Step 2

On the login web page, type the personal email address and password that you used when registering to the system and continue.

Entering Netacad User Account Information

Step 3

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

Resources / Download Packet Tracer

Step 4

For Windows, Linux, and macOS systems, click on the 64-bit Download link under the heading “Ubuntu Desktop Version 8.2.0 English” from the platforms listed and then save the DEB package to your PC.

In addition, click here to download the network simulator to your Linux computer directly from our article.

Ubuntu Desktop Version 8.2.0 English

Step 5

Execute the command below in the terminal to add the repo address of the Alien application you need to use to convert the DEB package to RPM.

sudo zypper addrepo

Adding the Alien Repository Address to the openSUSE System

Step 6

To refresh the repository addresses of your openSUSE system, execute the command “sudo zypper refresh” in the terminal and then press Y and Enter to trust and confirm the public key.

sudo zypper refresh

Updating the Repository List

Step 7

To install the Alien software on your SUSE PC, execute the “sudo zypper install alien” command in the terminal and then press Y and Enter again to check and confirm the packages to be installed.

sudo zypper install alien

Installing Alien from Terminal

Step 8

Execute the “cd ~/Downloads” command in the terminal to go to the location where you downloaded the Packet Tracer setup file, and then execute the “sudo alien –to-rpm CiscoPacketTracer_820_Ubuntu_64bit.deb” command to convert the CiscoPacketTracer_820_Ubuntu_64bit.deb file to an RPM package and wait for the process to complete.

cd ~/Downloads
sudo alien --to-rpm CiscoPacketTracer_820_Ubuntu_64bit.deb

Converting Packet Tracer.deb to RPM

Step 9

After preparing the PacketTracer-8.2-2.x86_64.rpm setup file, execute the “sudo zypper install PacketTracer-8.2-2.x86_64.rpm” command in the terminal to install the Cisco software and confirm the packages to be installed.

If you get a signature verification failed error during installation, press i to ignore this warning and continue.

sudo zypper install PacketTracer-8.2-2.x86_64.rpm

Installing Packet Tracer.rpm

Step 10

After installing Packet Tracer, search for its shortcut in the start menu of your SUSE system and run it.

Running Cisco Packet Tracer

Step 11

The Cisco software will ask you about the multi-user feature. Here, you decide whether to turn it on, enable it, or turn it off according to your wishes.

Enabling the Multi-user Feature

Step 12

When the Cisco Packet Tracer Login window opens, choose to log into the program with your Networking Academy account.

Login to Cisco Networking Academy

Step 13

Type your Cisco credentials again and log in.

Entering User Information

Step 14

After logging into the Cisco application with your account, you can check the version of the program from the Help / About section of the tool menu.

Checking Packet Tracer Version

Step 15

Additionally, you can use the “packettracer” command from the terminal to open Cisco network software faster. However, this command may not work when you install it with the RPM package. So it would be best if you created a symlink for related software.

sudo ln -sf /opt/pt/packettracer /usr/local/bin/packettracer

Running PT from Terminal

How to Create a New Project

After installing Cisco Packet Tracer on openSUSE, the first thing you need to do is to create a new project and design the network topologies specified in your exam syllabus.

Step 1

After opening Packet Tracer, you can drag and drop network devices into the logical workspace or select and add related devices to add multiple devices.

In this article, we will do a basic network configuration to verify the interoperability of Cisco software. Therefore, first, add a 2911 model Cisco Router to the logical workspace.

Adding a 2911 Model Router to the PT Workspace

Step 2

After adding the Router, select the switching devices in the same way and add a Switch to the workspace.

Adding a Cisco Switch to the PT Workspace

Step 3

Activate the computer category and add two desktop computers, one laptop, and 1 Meraki Server to the workspace.

Adding Three Computers and a Server to the PT Workspace

Step 4

Activate the cabling option from the network devices category and select Copper Straight-Through to connect the computers and server in the network topology to the Switch, then click the FastEthernet ports of PC0, PC1, Laptop0, and Meraki Server to the free ports on the Switch.

Connecting PCs to the Switch's FastEthernet Ports

Step 5

If there is no GigabitEthernet interface on the Switch on the network, you can add it from its settings. After connecting all devices to the Switch, make the network connection between the Router and the Switch from the GigabitEthernet ports.

Connecting the Switch to the Router's GigabitEthernet Port

Step 6

After wiring the network devices, open the CLI command prompt of Router0 and assign an IP address to the GigabitEthernet 0/0 port connected to the Switch using the commands below and open the port.

Router> en
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

After assigning an IP address to the GigabitEthernet port, you need to create a DHCP pool to give IP addresses to end-user devices automatically. Use the commands below in the CLI prompt to configure DHCP on Router0.

Router(config)# ip dhcp pool LAN
Router(dhcp-config)# network
Router(dhcp-config)# default-router
Router(dhcp-config)# dns-server
Router(dhcp-config)# domain-name SNT
Router(dhcp-config)# exit
Router(config)# ip dhcp excluded-address

Creating a DHCP Pool on the Router

Step 8

Open Desktop / IP Configuration from the settings of PC0 or other devices. To obtain automatic IP addresses from the DHCP server for FastEthernet interfaces, change the Static setting to DHCP and verify the operation.

Assigning IP Addresses to PCs via DHCP

Step 9

After assigning IP addresses to computers and servers from the DHCP server, open Desktop / Command Prompt, and ping other devices on the same network from PC0, and test the network connection.

Checking Network Connection Between PCs with Ping

Step 10

After testing the network connection of the devices, you can access all DHCP-related information by executing the “show ip dhcp binding” and “show ip dhcp pool LAN” commands in the CLI command prompt of the Router.

show ip dhcp binding
show ip dhcp pool LAN

Checking DHCP Pool Details and Assigned IPs


How to Uninstall Packet Tracer from openSUSE

When you decide to uninstall the Cisco simulator program from your openSUSE Leap 15 computer, you can easily do this using the terminal. First of all, check if PT is installed on your system and then start the uninstall process using the command “sudo rpm -e ProgramName.”

rpm -qa | grep -i PacketTracer
sudo rpm -e PacketTracer-8.2-2.x86_64
rpm -ql PacketTracer

Uninstalling Packet Tracer from SUSE

Installing Old Versions

Packet Tracer 7.2.2

  • Run the wizard by double-clicking on the PT file with the Run extension.
  • Proceed directly as installing the simulator software in the location selected by default in the Installation Folder window will avoid confusion in the future.
  • Read and accept Packet Tracer’s license agreement.
  • Click the Install button to install Packet Tracer on your computer.
  • To continue the installation, type your root account password and click the OK button. After confirming the root password, the installation will be completed in about 1 minute.
  • You will need to install some additional dependent packages before you can use the Cisco simulator software on Linux distributions. This is also the case in openSUSE Linux, so execute the following command in the terminal to download Libpng, which is the most essential package for this software.
    • wget
  • You downloaded the libpng.deb package, but you cannot usually install Debian-based packages on SUSE Linux. Before you can install a Debian-based package, you must install DPKG.
    • sudo zypper install dpkg
  • After configuring the DPKG package installer, extract the Libpng package 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/ /opt/pt/bin/
  • After copying the files to the relevant location, execute the packettracer command in the terminal and run the software.
    • packettracer

Packet Tracer 7.2.2 Setup with WineHQ

Program installation files on Windows usually use the .exe extension. Linux distributions have a few different ways to install an EXE program. One of the most common methods is to use the Wine software. Thanks to this software, you can easily install all software with software support on your Linux computer.

  • Install Wine on your Linux PC by visiting this article.
  • After installing Wine, click Right Key / Open with Wine on the Packet Tracer.exe file.
  • In the installation window, accept the license agreement, leave the installation location in the default location, and click Next.
  • Leave the Start Menu Folder configuration as default and check the Create a desktop shortcut option to create a desktop shortcut.
  • Click the Install button to start the simulator installation and wait while the necessary files for the software are extracted and copied.
  • Select the Launch Cisco Packet Tracer option and click the Finish button.
  • It is reported that the network designs you make on Packet Tracer will be saved to the location in the window below.
  • Click OK to close the warning window and wait while the Cisco Networking Academy software opens.

Installing Old Versions – Video/Slide

SUSE / PT Version
YouTube Video
15.0 / 7.2.2
15.4 / 8.2.0 (NEW)


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