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?

Cisco Packet Tracer is a comprehensive networking technology teaching and learning tool that offers a unique combination of realistic simulation and visualization experiences, assessment, activity authoring capabilities, and multiuser collaboration and competition opportunities. Innovative features of Packet Tracer will help students and teachers collaborate, solve problems, and learn concepts in an engaging and dynamic social environment.

What are the benefits of Packet Tracer?

  • Provides a realistic simulation and visualization learning environment that supplements classroom equipment, including the ability to see internal processes in real-time that are normally hidden on real devices
  • Enables multi-user, real-time collaboration and competition for dynamic learning
  • Enables authoring and localization of structured learning activities such as labs, demonstrations, quizzes, exams, and games
  • Empowers students to explore concepts, conduct experiments, and test their understanding of network building
  • Allows students and teachers to design, build, configure, and troubleshoot complex networks using virtual equipment
  • Supports a variety of teaching and learning opportunities such as lectures, group, and individual labs, homework, games, and competitions
  • Supports feature expansion through external applications using an API to enhance Cisco Packet Tracer's functionality in areas such as curriculum and assessment delivery, games, accessibility, and interfacing with real equipment.

What’s new in Packet Tracer 8.0?

Packet Tracer 8.0 featuring two exciting new updates:

  • The Enhanced Physical Mode brings you into the virtual lab for a realistic experience of cabling devices on the rack. Reinforce critical skills such as device placement (Rack & Stack), switching on-device power, device port-to-port cabling (including cable choice and management), troubleshooting, and more.
  • A Network Controller, similar to existing real-world SDN Controllers like Cisco DNA Center and APIC-EM. You can practice a centralized network management approach using the Network Controller model. The Network Controller, managed using its Web GUI or using its APIs, gives you a centralized dashboard to view the network’s state, quickly identify & troubleshoot issues, and push configuration changes to all managed devices at once You can also access the Network Controller from real-world applications running on your computer, like a browser, Python, or Postman, to execute your own infrastructure automation scripts.

What if I do not have account?

Latest versions of Packet Tracer introduce user authentication into Packet Tracer. A NetAcad account is required to sign in when the user first time launches the Packet Tracer. Please ask your instructor for a account.

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

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

Are older versions of Packet Tracer still available?

You are encouraged to upgrade to the latest version of Packet Tracer, but some previous versions of Packet Tracer will continue to be available for download.

On what platforms can I install and run Packet Tracer 8.0?

Packet Tracer 8.0 is compatible with the following platforms: Microsoft Windows 8.1, 10 (32 bit and 64bit), Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (64bit), and macOS.

What are the system requirements for Packet Tracer 8.0?

The following minimum prerequisites must be met to successfully install and run Packet Tracer 8.0:


  • CPU: Intel Pentium 4, 2.53 GHz or equivalent
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Storage: 1.4 GB 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: 1.6 GB 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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