Installation of Cisco Packet Tracer 7.3.0 on RPM-Linux-Systems without alien

The following tutorial is the result of my successful installation attempt for Packet Tracer 7.3.0 on an openSUSE Tumbleweed. State of the openSUSE packages was around December, 2019. For other Linux distributions you have to look whether this works the same way. Especially the needed and already available libraries might differ in your system.

Why was this necessary at all? Well … Cisco always only supported the Ubuntu distribution of Linux, although they always delivered the software with an installer, and not as .deb. or .rpm-package. Obviously Cisco now decided to go one step further, and to stop the development of the generic Linux installer. Instead they only deliver a DEB-package, that can not be installed directly on a lot of other Linux-distributions, especially not on RPM-based distributions. And for Packet Tracer 7.3.0 Cisco also says that the software is only for Ubuntu 18.04.03 LTS.

It is of course also possible to look for alien, a tool to install DEB-packets on RPM-based systems. But as alien is not in the standard repos for openSUSE Tumbleweed, and I also wanted to see for myself once the inside mechanisms of a DEB-packet, I did this work that might work on several RPM-based distributions.

Disclaimer: Although I have tried to document all procedures properly, I do not take any responsibility for this tutorial.

Unpack DEB-file for Packet Tracer

Remove current PT installation

It is assumed that you have the old installation in /opt/pt

Installation of new PT-files

We are still in the directory /tmp/PacketTracerInst/data

In openSUSE-Tumbleweed – symlink for a needed library

After the installation of files, update icon and file assocation

Symlink to PT-starter

Environment settings

Lines to have in /etc/profile, or if supported the preferred placement is in /etc/profile.local

4 Gedanken zu „Installation of Cisco Packet Tracer 7.3.0 on RPM-Linux-Systems without alien“

  1. Hei!

    Thank you for the easy installation guide. This was really convenient as Cisco likes to change change installation method after each PT update…

    Keep up your good work!

    Greetings from Finnland

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  2. This was amazing! I had almost given up and reinstalled Ubuntu when I found your post. My install on OpenSUSE Tumbleweed went flawlessly following your guide, except for the command „sudo gtk-update-icon-cache –force /usr/share/icons/gnome“, which gave me a „gtk-update-icon-cache: No theme index file“ response.

    Thank you for the effort put into this!

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    • Dear Mitch,
      thanks for your feedback. I just checked whether the gtk-update-icon-cache command behaves the same way in my installation, and I checked how it behaves in the intended and supported Linux-distro Ubuntu 18.04.03 LTS. In both cases I get the same warning and the file „icon-theme.cache“ is not created. As I took this command out of the installation script from Cisco, I’d say they have a small bug here, that is throwing this warning and the cache file is not created. I fixed the command by adding the switch –ignore-theme-index. With this the command works and the cache-file is created. You can do this too now.
      Regards, Andreas

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