Packet Tracer is Cisco Network Simulation Software that is natively available for Micro$oft Windows users only. But thanks to Wine project we can use it in Linux as well.

Packet Tracer is a self-paced, visual, interactive teaching and learning tool. It is designed to increase interaction between students and instructors, promote student learning, and enhance instructor presentations. This technology is a new and fun way to expand teaching and learning experiences beyond the limitations of a traditional lab environment. Packet Tracer helps resolve some common challenges that instructors face on a daily basis, while enabling us to explore new frontiers in networking education.

To install Wine just use package manager of your Linux distro or compile it from sources. For example, to install Wine on Ubuntu that is my preferred distribution, it’s enough to run command: sudo aptitude install wine (Fedora users should run sudo yum install wine and so on). Before use Wine I recommend to get familiar with this howto.

After Wine is installed, just run winecfg with your favorite terminal emulator like gnome-terminal and set up Wine as you wish. Actually you can leave setting as they are but first run of winecfg is necessary after installation of Wine (it will create folder ~/.wine that will contain Windows applications you install and run).

To install Packet Tracer 4.1 (or any other version) just run:
wine /path/to/PacketTracer_setup.exe
and proceed installation as you’re running it with Windows. Errors like:

fixme:reg:GetNativeSystemInfo (0x34fea0) using GetSystemInfo()
fixme:process:IsWow64Process (0xffffffff 0x34fe9c) stub!
fixme:advapi:CheckTokenMembership ((nil) 0x170240 0x34fe1c) stub!
err:richedit:ReadStyleSheet ReadStyleSheet: skipping optional destination

are usual thing when you run Windows applications with Wine.

packet tracer 4.1 installation on Ubuntu Linux

After installation is finished you can run Packet Tracer by clicking on shortcut that was created by Setup program or run:
wine ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/Packet\ Tracer\ 4.1/bin/PacketTracer4.exe
Packet tracer 4.1 on Ubuntu Linux (depends on which path you’ve chosen during the setup procedure).

And that’s it, you can use Packet Tracer in Linux now!

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  2. October 31, 2007  9:52 am by shaheem Reply

    hi, packet tracer works perfect in ubuntu 7.10, but it had a couple of issues in 7.04 (crashing when trying to exit, etc.)

    maybe cisco can release a linux version in the near future!

  3. October 31, 2007  10:03 am by artiomix Reply

    Hi Shaheem,

    Do you mean desktop oriented Linux distro developed by Cisco? It's rather doubtful... ;)

  4. January 3, 2008  9:07 pm by confiq Reply

    very nice...

    in Packet tracer help you'll find that minimum request is also flash 6.0. As i'm aware of there is no flash in wine...

    However it works nice but wine shows lot of errors in console...

  5. January 10, 2008  9:52 pm by artiomix Reply

    Hi confiq,

    huge number of errors/messages in console when running Wine is normal :)

  6. January 16, 2008  6:47 pm by Manuel Kolloff Reply

    Thanks for that great guide!!

    (actually there wasn't much to guide but it helped killing my fears of wine I got from experiments a few years ago ;)

    And I don't think Cisco cares for a Linux-Version..the program looks so nested inside windows I think, don't know why.

    But maybe..if the really is flash-based like confiq says maybe theres a chance.

    Anyway...who serious network admin really uses linux.. ..right?? ;)

  7. January 16, 2008  8:19 pm by confiq Reply

    in file:///home/confy/.wine/dosdevices/c%3A/Program%20Files/Packet%20Tracer%204.1/help/default/systemRequirements.htm


    System Requirements


    * CPU: Intel Pentium 300 MHz or equivalent

    * OS: Microsoft Windows 2000 or Windows XP

    * RAM: 64 MB

    * Storage: 250 MB of free disk space

    * Screen resolution: 800 x 600

    * Macromedia Flash Player 6.0 or higher

    * Language fonts supporting Unicode encoding (if viewing in languages other than English)

    * Latest video card drivers and operating system updates


    * CPU: Intel Pentium II 500 MHz or better

    * OS: Microsoft Windows XP

    * RAM: 256 MB or more

    * Storage: 300 MB of free disk space

    * Screen resolution: 1024 x 768

    * Sound card and speakers

    However tutorial is in flash but not a program. Pity they don't support linux so much

  8. January 17, 2008  1:35 am by pakciktua Reply

    i've a problem with the toolbar and diagram. When packet tracer is started it show no picture in the tool bar; even though you can click the areas at the tool bar. The same problem happen in the diagram. any devices will show no picture, like there is no devices insert into the diagram.

  9. January 18, 2008  9:05 pm by artiomix Reply

    Hello pakciktua,

    Can you post here Wine and Packet Tracer versions you use, screenshot(s) may also be useful to determine the source of the problem.

  10. February 17, 2008  10:41 pm by Eric Reply

    Hello everyone.

    I'm having the same problem as pakciktua, i'm using wine 0.9.9 and packet tracer 4.11

    Im using a p4 2.8, 1gb ram, simply mepis linux distro.

    Im gonna try previous version of packet tracer.


  11. March 1, 2008  6:57 pm by dgr Reply

    I have the Packet tracer 4.11 running under Ubuntu 7.10 / wine however there are minor issues like not being able to cut and past text from switch/router windows.

  12. April 28, 2008  4:47 pm by sum1 Reply

    hi,,do know how to isntall packet tracer using SuSE? i did like yours but nothing. Even i created the directory by myself, because when i type winecfg it would be some error.

  13. May 4, 2008  11:44 pm by robby Reply

    i just want to ask. is it possible to install the packet tracer in my ubuntu eventhough i don't have a windows OS? please teach me. thanks a lot in advanced..

  14. May 27, 2008  1:08 pm by Dgr Reply


    If you haven't already got this working I simply loaded wine. After you load wine the packet tracer install is the same as it would be on a Windows box.

  15. May 30, 2008  3:26 am by cybong Reply

    hi, i'm running Ubuntu 8.04. i didn't like running packet tracer on wine due to the errors i encountered. the simplest thing i did is to install it on a windows xp running on my virtualbox (free virtualization) together with other apps that needs windows. this is another option. cheers!

  16. July 31, 2008  4:16 pm by pradeep Reply


  17. August 1, 2008  1:29 am by Athreya Reply

    Thanks for the Tutorial

  18. August 12, 2008  3:31 am by Droopsta915 Reply

    Sorry, but you don't need wine for packet tracer, you can go to the cisco web site and download it for linux. I would skip the extra step, but if you are curious about wine, go head and try it for fun, lol.

  19. October 12, 2008  12:32 pm by saik0pod Reply

    can i have a link 4 linux packet tracer native intstall3r?

  20. October 15, 2008  6:43 am by Lsattr_nix Reply

    Saik0pod, the Cisco Packet Tracer is for Network Academy Students. This person is sharing @

  21. October 15, 2008  8:46 pm by GF Reply

    I'm running ubuntu 6.04 (OLD dell insipiron 8000), I just installed wine and PT 4.11

    It runs pretty well (just a little slower than i'm used to) EXCEPT... there's no text, anywhere! equipment tags, CLI, menus, etc show no text. I pasted the CLI from a router in my text editor and the text is there, just for some reason the app is not letting me see it.

    Any ideas?

    I tried installing PT 5.0 but it gave me an error message after clicking "next" for the location to install (Something like "external exception 80010000")

    ps: I'm a real linux novice (a couple of weeks)so please try to give me a "for dummies" explanation to the greatest extent possible.... thanks!!

  22. February 3, 2009  1:10 pm by Cisco student Reply

    Eh, why don't you just get native linux version?

  23. September 22, 2009  2:48 pm by David Reply

    Has anyone installed Packet Tracer 5.2 on Ubuntu 9.04 ? I am using wine to run it but PT crashes within a few seconds of starting? Any advise

  24. February 3, 2010  7:10 am by guest Reply

    I installed Packet Tracer5 Debian-lenny.I got packet tracer for linux from of the menubar,router diagrams doesn't appear clear.Is there any solution to this

  25. February 3, 2010  7:11 am by guest Reply


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