Cisco’s Packet Tracer is one of my most wanted application when I was using Windows. When you login to your account in cisco you can go to the download section. There you will find a specific file for ubuntu, you can download the PacketTracer531_i386_no_tutorials_installer-deb.bin but if you dont know how to use packet tracer yet you can download the installer with tutorial package. Go to the directory where you downloaded the file using cd <path> and you can install the package by using the Linux terminal and type the command:
You can read and answer the questions prompted during installation, by then packet tracer will be installed.
During my installation I had a problem installing it on a 64bit ubuntu 10.10 platform, the file I downloaded was for i386. A .bin file installer can’t be found on the download page. Currently the version is PacketTracer531_Ubuntu.tar.gz, you can download the file. After downloading the file , open a terminal. You need to go to the directory where you downloaded the file usually on the downloads folder using cd <path>. After that you can need to untar the package using the command:
The next thing to do is go to the extracted folder by using the command:
You can now install packet tracer using the command:
Packet Tracer will then prompt you with some questions, all you need to do is answer them. The last stage of the installation will prompt you whether you like to create a link on /usr/local/bin/ , just create the link. By default packet tracer is installed at /opt/pt/ folder (FYI). Packet Tracer is now installed into you 64bit ubuntu, you can go to /usr/local/bin folder and double click packettracer to start using it. You can also create an application launcher on the control panel by using the Custom Application Launcher. The type is Application and on the command field you can use /usr/local/bin/packettracer.