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The easy way

You can just download the generic version (when you are logged in) and install it like any other program.

Or you can use AUR package packettracer:


You should have installed the package group base-devel before (pacman -S base-devel).

wget https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/pa/packettracer/packettracer.tar.gz
  • Extract packettracer.tar.gz and go into that directory:
tar -xzf packettracer.tar.gz
cd packetracer
  • Put PacketTracer532_Generic_Fedora.tar.gz into that directory.
  • Run makepkg as a normal user:
  • The Package is now build and you could install it for your platform (as root):
pacman -U packettracer-5.3.2-2-i686.pkg.tar.xz


pacman -U packettracer-5.3.2-2-amd64.pkg.tar.xz
  • Done.

The hard (old) way

PacketTracer is an application from Cisco that allows network simulations and training using Cisco/Linksys products (like routers/switches/wireless hardware).

I used to run it under Wine but the Linux version is now available; unfortunately it is only for Ubuntu/Debian and Fedora/Red Hat.

But of course it can be installed on Arch (what can't you do with Arch? :)) with a little work.

- Run the installer. While it displays the license agreement, DO NOT DO ANYTHING! Go to another terminal and run

find /tmp -iname *.deb

- Grab the .deb file, put it somewhere (like ~/tmp) and issue this command:

bsdtar -xf PacketTracer-5.0-u.i386.deb data.tar.gz

- Decompress the data.tar.gz file, it will create a folder usr within the currently directory, and within usr/local there is a folder 'PacketTracer5'. Move it to /usr/local/.

- To run:


Enjoy :)

Looks ugly, but you can fix this and make it grab your system theme by symlinking the Qt libraries in /usr/local/PacketTracer5/lib/ to the ones in /usr/lib, e.g.

libQt3Support.so.4.3.3 -> /usr/lib/libQt3Support.so.4
libQtCore.so.4.3.3 -> /usr/lib/libQtCore.so.4.3.3
libQtGui.so.4.3.3 -> /usr/lib/libQtGui.so.4.3.3
libQtNetwork.so.4.3.3 -> /usr/lib/libQtNetwork.so.4
libQtSql.so.4.3.3 -> /usr/lib/libQtSql.so.4
libQtXml.so.4.3.3 -> /usr/lib/libQtXml.so.4