How to Install Cisco Packet Tracer 8.2 (8.2.0) on Ubuntu 22 & 23 Releases

Do you want to use Packet Tracer on Ubuntu, a prevalent type of Linux? This software helps you practice and get better at networking. If you do, we’ll show you how to install the Cisco simulator software on Ubuntu in this easy-to-follow guide.

If you like learning about computer networks, you might be getting ready for Cisco exams. In the Packet Tracer software, you can practice the topics from the exam syllabus. This helps you learn how to plan, set up, or fix a network. It doesn’t matter if you know a lot or a little about this stuff. So, you can use this tool to get better at computer networks in a more advanced way.

How to Install Cisco Packet Tracer 8.2 (8.2.0) on Ubuntu 22.04

How to Install Packet Tracer 8.2.0 on Ubuntu 22.04, 22.10, 23.04 or 23.10

People getting ready for Cisco exams like to use Packet Tracer (PT) to begin. They begin by installing this network software on Windows, Linux, and macOS systems to create network designs. While it’s simple to install on a Windows PC, it is more challenging on Linux systems.

You can install the Cisco network simulator software or any program on Ubuntu. But you need to know a few simple terminal commands. For instance, when adding a program on Linux, you might have to get some extra packages.

In the older versions of Packet Tracer, like 7.1, the setup files ended with .tar.gz. But in version 7.2, they changed it to .run. Now, in the latest version (8.2), the setup file is .deb.

In Packet Tracer 8, there are different things you can do with network devices in your project. One of them lets you see and control them on your computer like they’re genuine. It also enables you to connect them using a network controller.

How to Download and Install Packet Tracer

Before you install the Cisco network simulator, you need to sign up on the Netacad website. After that, you can begin the setup by getting the software for Linux systems.

Step 1

To begin, open the web browser on your Ubuntu computer. Next, visit the Netacad website. Put in your username and password on that page, and then click “log in.”

Now, click on “Resources” on the Cisco Networking Academy homepage. Then, choose “Download Packet Tracer” from the list that drops down.

Downloading Packet Tracer

Step 2

After scrolling down the webpage a little, you will see “Ubuntu Desktop Version 8.2.0 English”. Here, click on the 64 Bit Download link.

Then, save the CiscoPacketTracer_820_Ubuntu_64bit.deb file to your PC.

Ubuntu Desktop Version 8.2.0 English

Step 3

Take a look at the Packet Tracer file with the “.deb” ending that you downloaded. Now, to install it, first press CTRL + Alt + T to open the terminal.

Now, type in the command “cd ~/Downloads” to go to the right place.

Lastly, type in the command “sudo dpkg -i CiscoPacketTracer_810_Ubuntu_64bit.deb” in the terminal. This will kick off the installation of the deb package right away. But remember, you have to enter the password for your Ubuntu system’s root account.

sudo dpkg -i CiscoPacketTracer_820_Ubuntu_64bit.deb

NOTE: You can install the PacketTracer.deb package using this command.

sudo apt install ./CiscoPacketTracer_820_Ubuntu_64bit.deb

Installing Packet Tracer

Step 4

Accept the license agreement by pressing Enter in the Configuring Packet Tracer window. If you have any questions, you can visit Cisco’s official website in the description.

Accepting the Software License Agreement

Step 5

Likewise, on this screen, you must accept the EULA terms of the software. That is, read the license terms and press Enter on Yes to confirm these terms as well.

Accepting EULA Terms

Step 6

When we install Deb files on Linux systems, we use the dpkg command. This command takes the files from the deb archive and installs them. But, sometimes, you might have to install other packages when installing in Packet Tracer.

Checking Dependent Packages

Step 7

When you unpack the Packet Tracer, you’ll see it needs some packages, like the ones in the picture. To solve this, use the “sudo apt install -f” command.

Then, confirm the necessary packages, such as libgl1-mesa-glx or libxcb-xinerama0-dev. To do this, answer the question in the console with Y and then press Enter.

sudo apt install -f

Installing Dependent Packages

Step 8

You got the needed packages for Packet Tracer 8.2 from Linux servers, and you’ve installed them. To begin, use the “packettracer” command in the terminal to run the simulator software.


Running Packet Tracer from Terminal

Step 9

You can experience the networks of different structures you create in your simulator on more than one PC. That is, it means you connect with software that’s running on the same computer or a different one.

This is where you can use this great feature, “multi-user.” If you need this and want it to be active every time you start the application, click Yes.

Confirming Multi-User Permission

Step 10

In older versions of Packet Tracer, you were before allowed to save up to 3 projects. This was typically for users who chose not to log in. But, in new versions, you now have to log in to Netacad.

In this step, you might see an error when you try to log in to Netacad. This error usually happens when the login screen is black or white. If you can’t log in, try turning off your internet for a bit. If that doesn’t help, you’ll need to make a permanent fix by editing the cisco-pt.desktop file.

To fix the PT login problem, open the terminal. Then, enter the command “sudo nano /usr/share/applications/cisco-pt.desktop”. Take a look at the content of the Cisco-pt.desktop. In essence, change the Exec value to the following values.

Change (Exec=/opt/pt/packettracer %f)
To (Exec=/opt/pt/packettracer --no-sandbox %f)

Cisco Networking Academy

Step 11

As soon as you hit on Cisco Networking Academy, type in the email you used to sign up and click Next.

Login to Netacad

Step 12

Finally, type your Netacad account passcode and click Log in.

Typing the Account Password and Signing In

Step 13

Now, checking if you have the newest Packet Tracer version is an extra thing to do. To see the version, click Help / About, and you’ll find the version number.

Checking Packet Tracer Version

How to Create a Desktop Shortcut

You’ve installed the Cisco Packet Tracer on Ubuntu successfully. But there are a few settings to fix. After you finish, you won’t see a shortcut on the desktop. So, you have to copy the PT shortcut to the applications, which is the desktop.

Step 1

You can quickly copy the PT shortcut from applications to the desktop. Just type in the command below in the terminal to create a desktop launcher.

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

Creating a Desktop Shortcut

Step 2

After copying the shortcut, execute the command “chmod +x cisco-pt.desktop” to make the file executable.

chmod +x ~/Desktop/cisco-pt.desktop

If the Packet Tracer desktop shortcut is still not active, you should allow it. To do this, right-click on it and click Allow Launching. After this process, you will see that the desktop shortcut is active.

Allow Launching

How to Create a New Project

After running in Packet Tracer, you can start making new projects to get ready for your Cisco exams. This way, you can study different network setups and get a better grasp of network protocols.

As an example, let’s connect a desktop computer and a laptop computer with Cisco Switch.

Step 1

Now, let’s add some devices to the workspace. First, click on end-user devices from the Device categories. Here, you will see devices such as PCs, Laptops, Servers, phones, or TVs. From here, add a PC and Laptop to your project.

Adding PC and Laptop

Step 2

Of course, you should add a Switch to establish a network connection between the PC and Laptop. Click on the Switch group from the Network Devices category. Then, add the 2960 Switch to the workspace between both devices.

Adding a Cisco Switch

Step 3

Click on the cabling option to link the computers you added to the Switch. Then, choose the Automatically Choose Connection Type option.

Cabling Network Devices

Step 4

After cabling the computers to the Switch, click PC0. Then, click IP Configuration on the Desktop tab.

Opening the PC's IP Configuration

Step 5

Type the static IP address in the FastEthernet0 interface of PC0. Also, enter in the Subnet Mask section.

Assigning IP Address to PC

Step 6

Likewise, configure Laptop0’s IP as /

Assigning an IP Address to a Laptop

Step 7

Now, open Command Prompt to ping PC0 from Laptop0.

Opening Command Prompt

Step 8

Execute the ping command from Laptop0 to PC0. So, through this process, you will ping and test the network connection.

Ping from Laptop to PC

Step 9

Likewise, run ping at the command prompt of PC0. So, check the connection by pinging Laptop0.

Ping from PC to Laptop

How to Uninstall Packet Tracer from Ubuntu

Suppose, for some reason, you’re using different software. In that case, consider removing Packet Tracer from your Ubuntu computer. If you want to do this, you can use a simple command in the terminal.

Step 1

Open Terminal and type in the command “sudo apt remove packettracer” command. You will see some extra packages installed but no longer necessary. To get rid of all these, type Y and hit Enter.

sudo apt remove packettracer

Uninstalling Packet Tracer

Step 2

Also, remove the desktop shortcut you made for Packet Tracer.

sudo rm -rf ~/Desktop/cisco-pt.desktop

Deleting Desktop Shortcut

Step 3

Finally, after removing a program in Ubuntu, you should delete the unnecessary files from the installed packages. This helps prevent your system’s cache from getting too big. Now, type in the command below to clean up those leftover files.

sudo apt autoclean && sudo apt autoremove

Deleting Unnecessary Files


Installing Old Versions

Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2.2

  1. To install Packet Tracer, first run and open the terminal. Then, change the permission of the file with the chmod command as follows. Then, start the installation process with the ./ command.
    • chmod +x
  2. When the PT Setup Wizard window shows up, click the Next button to form the installation.
  3. In the Installation Folder window, you’ll notice an option already chosen by default. Just keep going without making changes; stick with the /opt/pt/ location.
  4. In the License Agreement window, agree to the PT license and click the Next button.
  5. In the Ready to Install window, you need 307.58 MB of disk space for installation. Click the Install button to confirm this disk space requirement.
  6. As soon as you click the Install button, it will ask for the authorized password for your sudo account. Here, type your account’s root password and continue with OK.
  7. Wait as the computer copies the files needed for Packet Tracer.
  8. Once the Wizard finishes installing, start the program by clicking the Finish button.
  9. Try to open the simulator by executing the packettracer command in the terminal. In this case, you will receive an error for PT. The cause of this error is dependent packages that are not installed on your Linux system. That’s why one of the indispensable packages is Libpng. Now, use the commands below to download and install Libpng.
    • wget
      sudo dpkg -i libpng12-0_1.2.50-2+deb8u3_amd64.deb
  10. You need to install the multiarch package as well. So, also install the Multiarch package in Ubuntu.
    • wget
      sudo dpkg -i multiarch-support_2.29-0ubuntu2_amd64.deb
  11. This time, you will receive the error (unable to install the new version of ‘/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/’: No such file or directory). Now, extract the deb package to the folder and copy the files to /opt/pt/bin/.
    • mkdir cpt; dpkg -x libpng12-0_1.2.50-2+deb8u3_amd64.deb ./cpt
      cp ./cpt/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ /opt/pt/bin/
  12. After fixing the error, rerun the same command. Then, complete the installation and use “packettracer” to test.
  13. After setting up PT 7.2.2, a shortcut doesn’t show up on its own. You’ll need to create it manually.
    • cp /opt/pt/bin/Cisco-PacketTracer.desktop /home/user/Desktop/
      chmod +x Cisco-PacketTracer.desktop

Packet Tracer 7.2.1

  1. Open the terminal by hitting the CTRL + Alt + T keys, and unzip the Packet Tracer.tar file into the folder.
    • mkdir CPT72
      tar -xvzf Packet\ Tracer\ 7.2.1\ for\ Linux\ 64\ bit.tar.gz -C CPT72
  2. Use the command below to run the install file in the CPT72 folder. After that, press Enter to finish the installation.
    • ./install
  3. Execute the cd /opt/pt/bin/ command in the terminal to go to the installation location, and then execute the ./PacketTracer7 command to run the program. If the program cannot start, you need to install libpng12.
    • .wget
      dpkg -i libpng12-0_1.2.50-2+deb8u3_amd64.deb
  4. Once you install the needed package, rerun the command ./PacketTracer7.
  5. Now, go to the /opt/pt/bin/ folder to make a desktop shortcut. Then, copy the Cisco-PacketTracer.desktop file like this.
  6. Type the command “gedit Cisco-PacketTracer.desktop” in the terminal and press Enter.
  7. Change the Exec section in the file to /opt/pt/packettracer and save the file.
  8. Use “chmod +x Cisco-Packet Tracer.desktop” to make the desktop shortcut executable.
  9. For the start menu shortcut, copy it to /usr/share/applications.
    • sudo mv Packet\ Tracer\ 7.2.1.desktop /usr/share/applications
  10. Double-click on the file to run PT 7.2.1. After that, click on the Trust and Launch button in the window that opens.

Packet Tracer 7.1.1

Running the 7.1.x (7.1.1) versions of Packet Tracer on Linux are almost the same as the steps above. But, as we said, you may need to install different dependent packages for the program. So, download and install the dependent packages for version 7.1.1 using the commands below.

  1. sudo apt-get install libqt5webkit5 libqt5multimediawidgets5 libqt5svg5 libqt5script5 libqt5scripttools5 libqt5sql5
  2. wget
  3. sudo dpkg -i libicu52_52.1-3ubuntu0.8_amd64.deb
  4. wget
  5. sudo dpkg -i libpng12-0_1.2.50-2+deb8u3_amd64.deb

Installing Old Versions > Video

Ubuntu & PT Version
YouTube Video
16.10 & 7.0
17.04 & 7.0
17.10 & 7.1 (with Wine)
17.10 & 7.1.1
18.04 & 7.1.1(with Wine)
18.10 & 7.2.1 (with Wine)
18.10 & 7.1.1 (with Wine)
18.10 & 7.1.1
19.10 & 7.2.2
20.10 & 8.0
21.10 & 8.1.0
22.04 & 8.1.1
22.04.1 & 8.2.0 (NEW)


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