This article shows you how to run and use Cisco Packet Tracer 8.1.1 on Linux / Ubuntu 22.04 operating system to prepare for Cisco networking exams.
Packet Tracer is a network simulation program developed by Cisco and offered free to networking academy students.
By using the Cisco Packet Tracer software, you can use to better master network protocols outside of Cisco exams and analyze how computers in your network designs communicate with each other.
You can follow this video tutorial or the steps below to install Cisco network simulation software on the latest version of Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish).
Step 1: To download Packet Tracer for Linux, click on Resources / Download Packet Tracer after registering on the Netacad website.
Step 2: Click on the download link under the Ubuntu Desktop Version 8.1.1 English option.
Step 3: Save the deb file to a location you choose on your system.
Step 4: After the download is complete, open the terminal and navigate to the location where you downloaded the Deb package.
Step 5: Start installing the FileName.deb package using the dpkg command.
sudo dpkg -i PacketTracer.deb
Step 6: Accept the Packet Tracer license agreement.
Step 7: Accept the EULA agreement.
Step 8: When you see that the additional packages required for Packet Tracer to work are not installed in the terminal, execute the sudo apt install -f command and wait for the relevant packages to be downloaded and installed.
sudo apt install -f
Step 9: After completing the installation, execute the packettracer command on the terminal to run the Cisco program.
Step 10: When Cisco Packet Tracer is opened, confirm the multi-user run when you start the application.
Step 11: Select one of the Cisco Networking Academy or Skills For All session options.
Step 12: On the Log in screen, type your e-mail address with which you are a member of Netacad.
Step 13: After your account is verified, type in the password you created during registration.
Step 14: After logging in, you can start using Packet Tracer without any problems.
How to Uninstall Packet Tracer
You can execute the below commands in the terminal to uninstall Packet Tracer from your Ubuntu computer.
sudo apt remove packettracer
sudo apt autoclean && sudo apt autoremove
How to Install Packet Tracer 7.2.2
Step 1: If you haven’t installed Ubuntu on the virtual machine before, refer to the video below.
Video ➦ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjcJ5M8WIIw
Step 2: After installing Ubuntu, download PT to your computer.
Step 3: After downloading the setup file to your computer, open the terminal on the desktop and run the chmod +x PacketTracer-7.2.2-ubuntu-setup.run command to change the permissions of the file.
chmod +x PacketTracer-7.2.2-ubuntu-setup.run
Step 4: Next, execute the ./PacketTracer-7.2.2-ubuntu-setup.run command to start the Packet Tracer installation. Then, accept the license agreement of the software and click Next to complete the installation.
Step 5: After performing the installation, run the simulator with the packettracer command.
Step 6: If Packet Tracer is not running, you will need to install the libpng and multiarch packages. Execute the commands below to install these packages on your Linux system.
sudo dpkg -i libpng12-0_1.2.50-2+deb8u3_amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i multiarch-support_2.29-0ubuntu2_amd64.deb
Step 7: After installing the necessary packages for the simulator software, if the program still does not open and you get the libpng12.so.0 error as in the output below, execute the commands below in the terminal.
(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:
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 8: After fixing the libpng12.so.0 error, you will now be able to run a Cisco network simulator program on your Ubuntu computer!
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