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Revision as of 12:26, 13 June 2012

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 packettracer
  • Put PacketTracer533_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-5.3.3-1-i686.pkg.tar.xz


pacman -U packettracer-5.3.3-1-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