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Cisco Packet Tracer is a powerful network simulation program that allows students to experiment with network behavior and ask “what if” questions. As an integral part of the Networking Academy comprehensive learning experience, Packet Tracer provides simulation, visualization, authoring, assessment, and collaboration capabilities and facilitates the teaching and learning of complex technology concepts. Source


Understand if you have permission from Cisco Systems to use this software. If you do not meet eligibility, discontinue your progress and consider alternatives such as GNS3.


64-bit systems

See the AUR article for important usage topics. For now, only download and extract the tarball for packettracerAUR from the AUR by clicking Download snapshot

You will need to have access to the file packettracer.tar.gz to continue with the installation. For your convenience, the sha1sum of this file is provided below.

$ sha1sum packettracer.tar.gz
945678405d1b6512bf5e15568f03ddd94638562e  packettracer.tar.gz

Extract this tarball. Download the PacketTracer install file from Cisco's Official Website . At the time of writing the file is PacketTracer_731_amd64.deb. Copy this deb file inside the extracted tarball folder. The PKGBUILD file found in the tarball requires this archive. It is not provided in the tarball itself for ethical and legal reasons. The required file may change in the future, based on the version of PacketTracer available at that time. While inside the extracted tarball folder, run the following

$ makepkg

At the time of writing, packettracer-7.3.1-3-x86_64.pkg.tar.zst is generated. Proceed to install this package by running

$ sudo pacman -U packettracer-7.3.1-3-x86_64.pkg.tar.zst

Finally, please read the EULA at /usr/share/licenses/packettracer/eula.txt and uninstall if you do not agree. If you agree, the program can be found under most menu systems in the Internet category.

Assessment environment check

The Cisco Packet Tracer-based Assessment Environment Check is used to confirm that students can start packet tracer activities for assessments such as practice and final exams. It is critical that you have a working version of Java installed. Perform the check at this page to confirm whether or not this ability is functional.

javaws PT-Assessment-Client.jnlp

See also