How to Install Cisco Packet Tracer 8.1 in Kali Linux 2022

This article shows you how to set up Cisco Packet Tracer 8.1, released for free by Netacad, which allows you to use network devices such as Cisco Routers, Switches, or Firewalls virtually on a PC with Kali Linux 2022.

Cisco Packet Tracer is a simulator program developed and distributed free of charge for Netacad students. Using this software, you can create various network topologies and raise your basic network level to the next level.

You can easily install Packet Tracer software on Windows, Linux, and even macOS operating systems and create network topologies by adding network devices to the workspace.

You can follow this video tutorial or the steps below to install the Cisco simulator program on Kali Linux, one of the users’ most preferred Linux distributions.

Step 1: To download Packet Tracer for your Linux distribution, visit the Netacad website by clicking the link below.

Step 2: If you do not have an account with Netacad, you can download Packet Tracer from websites on the Internet, but it is recommended to download it from the official website. So, create a new account and log in to Netacad.

Step 3: After logging into Netacad, click Resources from the menus and Download Packet Tracer.

Step 4: After scrolling down the webpage, click the download button under “Ubuntu Desktop Version 8.1.1 English” and save the deb file to your computer.

Step 5: Open the terminal on your Kali system and navigate to where you downloaded the deb file using the command below.

cd ~/Downloads

Step 6: Use the sudo dpkg command to install the PacketTracer.deb file.

sudo dpkg -i CiscoPacketTracer_811_Ubuntu_64bit.deb

Step 7: If you see in the terminal that dependent packages for the Cisco simulator should also be installed, run sudo apt install -f to install additional packages.

sudo apt install -f

Step 8: After installing Packet Tracer, search for it from the start menu and run it.

Step 9: When the login screen opens, enter your Netacad account information and log in as you need to log in to Cisco Networking Academy.

Step 10: When you encounter Cisco Packet Tracer’s working environment, you can add the devices you selected from the network devices section to the working environment and create projects.

How to Install Packet Tracer 7.2.2

Step 1: Visit the Netacad website, create a new account, then download Packet Tracer 7.2.2 for Linux.

Step 2: After downloading the setup file, copy or move the file to the desktop and run the terminal in the location where you moved the file.

Step 3: Test your Internet connection with ping in Terminal and then configure the permission settings of the Packet file.

chmod +x

Step 4: Run the command below in the terminal to start the installation.


Step 5: Install Packet Tracer with the GUI Setup wizard and run the application with the “packettracer” command in the terminal.

Step 6: If the simulator software is not working, you need to install some additional dependent packages for this software on Kali. Open the Kali sources list file with the nano /etc/apt/sources.list command, add the address below, and save it.

nano /etc/apt/sources.list

deb stable main contrib non-free

Step 7: Update the sources list with the apt update command, and then run the directives below to install Libpng, one of the most critical dependent packages for Packet Tracer.

To download libpng:


To install libpng:

dpkg -i libpng12-0_1.2.50-2+deb8u3_amd64.deb

Step 8: If you get an error while installing libpng12, install the multiarch package. Use the command below to install the multiarch package in Kali.

apt install multiarch-support

Step 9: When you try to install libpng again, you can see the package installed successfully.

Step 10: To run Packet Tracer 7.2.2, type “packettracer” in the terminal and press Enter. You will see that Packet Tracer works without any problems.

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