On September 11, 2019, Cisco released the latest version of the network simulator software (7.2.2) for its users. This is the 2nd maintenance release from version 7.2, and the build number is 7.2.2.0418.
People who prepare for the Cisco exams prefer Packet Tracer (PT) as a start. And by installing this software on Windows, Linux, macOS systems, they start to make network designs. Although it is easy to install PT software on a Windows operating system, this may not be the case on Linux systems.
In order to install and run PT on an Ubuntu system, you should have a good command of basic terminal commands. Because when installing a program on Linux, you may need to install additional dependent packages.
In this article, we’ll explore step by step how to install the Cisco simulator software on Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine).
Ubuntu 19.10 was released on October 17, 2019. It also includes the Linux 5.3 kernel, new versions of some software such as GCC 9, Python 3.7, OpenJDK 11, Messa 19.2 and Golang 1.12.
The main basic features of Ubuntu Eoan Ermine are;
Faster Boot Time with LZ4 Compression
NVIDIA Video Card Drivers in ISO
Visual Appearance Changes with GNOME 3.34 Version
Dark and Light Theme Support
32-Bit Support Extended
Major improvements for Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2.2 are:
Java Dependencies for PT 7.2.2 Removed
Packet Tracer Skills Assessment (PTSA) and Packet Tracer Media Objects (PTMO) Available Without Installing JAVA
How to Run Packet Tracer in Ubuntu 19.10
Installing and running PT on your Linux computer and virtual machine consists of easy and simple steps. If you have not downloaded the PT to your PC before, you can either download it from Netacad or directly from the link here.
When you download earlier versions of Packet Tracer, you would see a file with the tar.gz extension. With version 7.2.2, the extension of this file is .Run.
Networking Academy has configured a GUI setup interface to make it easier for users to install Linux systems. However, installing it on a Linux system still requires dependent packages.
Now, follow the steps below to install the Cisco network simulator software step by step on your Ubuntu computer.
To install Packet Tracer.run, first, open the terminal and change the permission of the file with chmod command as follows. Then start the installation process with the command ./PacketTracer-7.2.2-ubuntu-setup.run.
If you encounter an “unable to install new version of ‘/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libpng12.so.0’: No such file or directory” error this time, you will need to extract the deb package to the folder and copy the package to /opt/pt/bin/.
After extracting the installation files to the folder, run the install file in the CPT72 folder with the command below to start the installation. Then, press Enter to continue the installation.
After installing the Cisco simulator, go to the next step to run the program.
To go to the installation location, execute cd /opt/pt/bin/ at the terminal, and then execute ./PacketTracer7 to run the program.
Packet Tracer did not work as you can see in the image below. So, you need to install libpng12 to work properly.
Type libpng12 in the Google search box and visit the Debian website to download libpng12.
Double-click on the downloaded deb file and click Install to install Libpng12.
After installing the required package, execute ./PacketTracer7 to run the software again. And check that the program is running as you see in the image below.
After running Packet Tracer 7.2.1, click the Guest Login button to log in to the program.
Click Confirm Guest to confirm the guest login.
PT 7.2.1 works smoothly !!!
You can check the version of Packet Tracer in Help / About.
Making a Desktop Shortcut
In Windows, the shortcut for the program that you install a program runs smoothly. This is sometimes a problem on Linux systems. For example, after installing Cisco’s simulator software in Ubuntu 18.10, the desktop shortcut is not created.
To create a desktop shortcut for Packet Tracer, open the /opt/pt/bin/ folder, and copy the Cisco-PacketTracer.desktop file to the desktop as in the image below.
Open Terminal and execute gedit Cisco-PacketTracer.desktop.
Change the Exec part of the file to “/opt/pt/packettracer” and save the file.
To make the desktop shortcut executable, execute chmod +x Cisco-Packet Tracer.desktop.
To run Packet Tracer 7.2.1, double-click on the file and click Trust and Launch in the window that opens.
Creating a Start Menu Shortcut
In Ubuntu, no desktop shortcut is created for PT, nor is it created by default in a start menu shortcut. So you will have to make a new shortcut by following the steps below!
Enter the name of the program you have installed in the Ubuntu menu and check for a shortcut.
Adding a shortcut to the Ubuntu menu is very simple. All you need to do is copy the desktop shortcut you created to /usr/share/applications. To do this, run the following command on the terminal.
You have successfully created the Start menu shortcut to Packet Tracer 7.2.1!
How to Install PT 7.1.1 on 18.10/18.04/17.10/17.04
Installing the 7.1.x (7.1.1) versions of Packet Tracer on your Linux computer is almost the same as the above steps. However, as we said, you may need to install different dependent packages for the program.
After installing PT 7.1.1 on Ubuntu 18.04 or 18.10 versions, download and install the dependent packages using the following commands. After performing these operations, you will be able to run the program.
You can use the Wine software developed by WineHQ to run Windows programs on Linux.
In Ubuntu, you can install and run PT with Wine. However, you need to use the Windows setup.exe setup file.
First, install Wine on your PC and then follow the steps below to install PT step by step.
Right-click on the Packet Tracer.exe file and click Open With Wine Windows Program Loader from the drop-down options.
Once the installation has started, select I accept the agreement to accept the license agreement and click Next.
Leave the Packet Tracer installation location setting as default and click Next.
Leave the Start menu folder setting for PT also by default and click Next.
To create a desktop shortcut for PT, select Create a desktop shortcut and click Next.
And finally, click the Install button to start the installation process.
Wait while extracting and copying the files required for installation.
After the wizard completes the installation, click Finish to run the program.
You can learn the version of the network simulator by following the Help / About path.
In this article, we have examined how to install the 7.2.x versions of PT that are frequently used by students preparing for Cisco CCNA exams on Linux/Ubuntu 18.x and 19.x operating systems. Finally, we have created a desktop shortcut and a start menu shortcut for the simulator. Thanks for following us!