Packet Tracer is a great simulator for practicing your knowledge with an end goal of obtaining a CCNA certification. It’s a great way to get started if there is limited access to physical hardware, resourceful for testing out scenarios and practicing at your own time, any time.
To obtain Packet Tracer you must be a member of the Cisco Network Academy. In this blog post I will show you how to install Cisco Packet Tracer 6.2 for Ubuntu linux.
First step is to download Packet Tracer from Cisco Network Academy. To get access you must be a NetAcad student. The link will be listed under Resources. Look for the student version which is a fairly large file size.
When you find the version you’ll be sent to a new page. Right underneath the title of the download is the actual download button. Save this to your desktop.
Packet Tracer is downloaded to your desktop in a compressed package.
Open the package to reveal the contents. Using the GUI, double click on the Cisco Packet Tracer file to open it.
Within the package is a directory called PacketTracer62Student. We need to extract this directory and its contents to the Desktop. To extract the directory, click on the Extract button which is highlighted below.
Now lets open Terminal and use command line to complete the rest of the installation. First we change directories to where the Packet Tracer directory is stored, on your Desktop.
rowelld@rowelld-VirtualBox:~$ cd Desktop rowelld@rowelld-VirtualBox:~/Desktop$ cd PacketTracer62Student/
Within this directory is an installation script, Install. This script, once initiated, will perform the installation of Packet Tracer. To begin installation type
./install in Terminal. Be sure to respond to each prompt.
rowelld@rowelld-VirtualBox:~/Desktop/PacketTracer62Student$ ./install Welcome to Cisco Packet Tracer 6.2 Installation Read the following End User License Agreement "EULA" carefully. You must accept the terms of this EULA to install and use Cisco Packet Tracer. Press the Enter key to read the EULA. Do you accept the terms of the EULA? (Y)es/(N)o Y You have accepted the terms to the EULA. Congratulations. Packet Tracer will now be installed. Enter location to install Cisco Packet Tracer or press enter for default [/opt/pt]: [enter] Not able to create and copy files to /opt/pt Should we try to gain root access with sudo? [Yn] Y [sudo] password for rowelld:
Should we create a symbolic link "packettracer" in /usr/local/bin for easy Cisco Packet Tracer startup? [Yn] Y Type "packettracer" in a terminal to start Cisco Packet Tracer Writing PT6HOME environment variable to /etc/profile Cisco Packet Tracer 6.2 installed successfully
Packet Tracer is now fully installed and a symbolic link was created which is a shortcut to starting up Packet Tracer. To start Packet Tracer, type
packettracer into the command prompt.
rowelld@rowelld-VirtualBox:/$ packettracer Starting Packet Tracer 6.2
On initial start, Packet Tracer will save your user files to /home/%username%/pt which can be changed by going to Options > Preferences.
After clicking OK, the Packet Tracer application opens and you will now be able to drag and drop routers and switches and begin practicing for the CCNA by completing labs.
Now you can being testing configurations and different scenarios. Stay tuned for upcoming Packet Tracer labs and topology downloads.