How to Download and Install Packet Tracer

To download Packet Tracer, follow these steps to create your Networking Academy registration:

  1. Enroll in the Introduction to Packet Tracer course
  2. Complete your Networking Academy registration
  3. Launch the Introduction to Packet Tracer course
  4. Download instructions are found within the course

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Cisco® Packet Tracer?

Packet Tracer is an innovative and powerful network simulator that you can use for practice build your own network with routers, switches, wireless and much more.

It allows you to experiment with network behavior, build models, and ask "what if" questions. Getting this hands-on experience about device configuration and troubleshooting is one of the important elements that required in Cisco certifications.

What (else) can I learn with Packet Tracer?

Packet Tracer is much more than just router or switches.

In Packet Tracer you can simulate an IoT solution, create your own smart object and use Python or JavaScript to program its behavior.

You can create design and experiment with digital transformation scenario such-as: smart cities, smart home, smart energy where multiple IoT Solution are interconnected.

What if I do not have account?

Packet Tracer 7 introduce user authentication into Packet Tracer. NetAcad user is required to sign in when first time launch the Packet Tracer.

Non-NetAcad user will be restricted to only allow save the topologies 3 times in total.

Non-NetAcad user can click “Guest Login” button to enroll to the “Introduction to Packet Tracer” self-paced course for free and get account for full access of Packet Tracer. The “Introduction to Packet Tracer” course will help user learn the basic features of Packet Tracer.

Are older versions of Packet Tracer still available?

No, you are encouraged to upgrade to the latest version of Packet Tracer 7.3.0 Packet Tracer 7.2.2 will continue to be available for download.

What’s new in Packet Tracer 7.3.0?

Support for CCNA 7

  • New device: Cisco 4331 ISR
  • New device: Cisco 3504 WLC
  • New feature: Dynamic ARP Inspection
  • Section output modifier for show commands
  • Enhanced web widget support
  • Added backward compatibility support for Windows 7 when taking PTSA and PTMO using Java-less procedure

On what platforms can I install and run Packet Tracer 7.3.0?

Packet Tracer 7.2.1 is compatible with the following platforms: Windows 7, 8.1, 10 ( 32bit and 64bit) and Ubuntu Linux 18.04.3 LTS (Bionic Beaver) (64bit), macOS.

What are the system requirements for Packet Tracer 7.3.0?

To successfully install and run Packet Tracer 7.1, the following minimum prerequisites must be met:


  • CPU: Intel Pentium 4, 2.53 GHz or equivalent
  • OS: Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Windows 8.1, Microsoft Windows 10 or Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Storage: 500 MB of free disk space
  • Display resolution: 1024 x 768
  • Language fonts supporting Unicode encoding (if viewing in languages other than English)
  • Latest video card drivers and operating system updates


  • CPU: Intel Pentium 4, 3.0 GHz or better
  • RAM: 4 GB • Storage: 700 MB of free disk space
  • Display resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Sound card and speakers
  • Internet connectivity (if using the Multiuser feature or tutorials)

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