How to Install Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2.2 in Debian 10

This video shows you how to setup Packet Tracer 7.2.2 on the Debian 10 Buster operating system.

How to Setup Packet Tracer

Debian is a consistent and stable GNU/Linux operating system. With the start of the development project, the code-named version of Buster 10 was released 2 years later. In addition, this system will be supported by Security and Long Term Support for 5 years.

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If you want to study Cisco exams on your system, you can start by installing Packet Tracer.

In older versions of Debian, some errors were encountered when installing the network simulator. This is true for the new version, but you can fix this by installing some additional dependent packages.

Now, to run Packet Tracer:

Step 1: If you have not previously installed Linux OS on a virtual machine, check out the video below.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dicvg6BbSs8

Step 2: After installing and running Debian, first download the simulator to make a network design and develop projects on your computer.

Step 3: After downloading the program, copy the setup file to the desktop.

Step 4: Open Terminal and use the chmod +x PacketTracer-7.2.2-ubuntu-setup.run command to change the permissions of the downloaded file.

chmod +x PacketTracer-7.2.2-ubuntu-setup.run

Step 5: Run the ./PacketTracer-7.2.2-ubuntu-setup.run command on the terminal to start the installation by running the GUI wizard of Packet Tracer.

./PacketTracer-7.2.2-ubuntu-setup.run

Step 6: When the Cisco Setup GUI opens, accept the license agreement, leave the installation folder as /opt/pt/ and complete the installation.

Step 7: After installing the software on your computer, run the packettracer command on the terminal to run the program.

packettracer

Step 8: If Packet Tracer does not start and does not show any errors, you need to install the dependent packages on your computer. Run the following commands on the terminal to download and install the libpng package.

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

Step 9: If you see a warning prompting you to install the multiarch package when installing libpng, run the following command.

sudo apt-get install multiarch-support

Step 10: After installing the Multiarch package, when you try to install libpng again, you may get an error like the following. To resolve this error, you must extract the libpng archive file to the folder and copy the libpng12.so.0 file to the required location.

(Reading database ... 157517 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack libpng12-0_1.2.50-2+deb8u3_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking libpng12-0:amd64 (1.2.50-2+deb8u3) ...
dpkg: error processing archive libpng12-0_1.2.50-2+deb8u3_amd64.deb (--install):
unable to install new version of '/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libpng12.so.0': No such file or directory
Errors were encountered while processing:
libpng12-0_1.2.50-2+deb8u3_amd64.deb

Step 11: Run the following commands on the terminal and copy the libpng12.so.0 file to the /opt/pt/bin/ folder.

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

Step 12: Now try running Cisco Packet Tracer on your system. This time you will also receive an error as follows.

Starting Packet Tracer 7.2.2
/usr/local/bin/packettracer: line 8: 2219 Aborted ./PacketTracer7 "[email protected]" > /dev/null 2>&1

Step 13: In this case, you need to install the libqt package for your system. Install the libqt package by running the command below and then run Packet Tracer.

sudo apt-get install libqt5webkit5

Step 14: Packet Tracer will now run without error!

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