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Cisco Packet Tracer is a powerful network simulator that can be utilized in training for CCNA TM and CCNP TM certification exam by allowing students to create networks with an almost unlimited number of devices and to experience troubleshooting without having to buy real CiscoTMrouters or switches.

Cisco Packet Tracer features an array of simulated Application layer protocols (HTTP, DNS, …), as well as basic routing with RIP, OSPF, and EIGRP, to the extent required by the current CCNA TM curriculum. It also includes Cisco IOS 15 with licence features which was introduced in the CCNA exam in 2013. With the introduction of Cisco Packet Tracer 5.3 and 6.0, several new features were added, including BGP, HSRP, which are part of the CCNP TM curriculum. Despite some feature limitations, students preparing CCNP Route and CCNP Switch exams are also able to simulate basic IP telephony with Cisco Call Manager Express and IPSEC VPN using Cisco 2811 routers.


After months of waiting, Cisco Packet Tracer 6.1 has finally been released by Cisco in late August 2014. The new Cisco Packet Tracer version has been released with the version number 6.1.1 and is available in two versions : "Cisco Packet Tracer Student" and "Cisco Packet Tracer Instructor". Cisco Packet Tracer 6.1 includes an ASA 5505 firewall with command line configuration (but no Adaptive Security Device Manageror CCP tools). It also includes a netflow collector as a Desktop application in the server device, routing protocols for IPv6 (OSPFv3, EIGRPv6 , RIPNg), DHCP snooping commands, IPv6 CEF, IPSEC ...



While Cisco Packet Tracer aims to provide a realistic simulation of functional networks, the application itself utilizes only a small number of features found within the actual hardware running a current Cisco IOS TM and focuses on CCENT / CCNA preparation. Work on real Cisco hardware (switches & routers) or GNS3 simulation software is hardly recommended for a good preparation for CCNP exam simulation questions.


Update 15/12/2014 : The next Cisco Packet Tracer version will probably be Cisco Packet Tracer 6.2. This version is currently under development and Cisco Packet Tracer (build 33) is the last know beta build as of Decembre 15, 2014. Testing and bug reporting activity seems to have decreased for a few weeks.


Despite very little information has leaked about Cisco Packet Tracer 6.2 on the Internet, you can follow the bug tracking activity of the future version on our Cisco Packet Tracer 6.2 page.


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Cisco Packet Tracer Mobile 1.0 for Android

Cisco Packet Tracer Mobile 1.0 is the first Cisco Packet Tracer version released by Cisco for android tablets. Cisco Packet Tracer Mobile 1.0 is not available for windows 8 or ipad devices.

This mobile version is based on the Cisco Packet Tracer 6.1 simulation engine and is thus compatible with Cisco Packet Tracer 6.1 labs. Limitations and differences from Cisco Packet Tracer 6.1 desktop version can be found in the release notes.


Cisco Packet Tracer Mobile LAN lab example with simulated traffic


Cisco Packet Tracer 6.1 ASA support

Cisco Packet Tracer 6.1.1 has been released !! This new Packet Tracer version includes an Cisco ASA 5505 firewall .

Discover how to configure clientless SSL VPN on ASA 5505 firewall and to setup a DMZ using this new Packet Tracer 6.1.1 version.



ASA 5505 in Cisco Packet Tracer 6.1 preview

Download TSHOOT topology for Packet Tracer

CCNP TSHOOT is a qualifying exam for the CCNP certification. It differs from the other CCNP exams (SWITCH & ROUTE) by requesting the exam candidate to work on simulated Trouble Tickets. The network topology of the tickets is publicly available on Cisco website.

CCNP TSHOOT topology lab for Cisco Packet Tracer 6.1

This CCNP TSHOOT lab is now available in Cisco Packet Tracer 6.1 to help students to prepare the exam by beeing comfortable with the exam network topology and concepts before taking the exam.


Download Packet Tracer TSHOOT lab (coming soon)

What is Cisco Networking Academy ?

Cisco Networking Academy (netacad) is a Cisco Systems education program which goal is to prepare students for certification exams such as CCNA, CCNP, ... Courses are available in about 9000 local academies over 165 different countries around the world. Packet Tracer can be freely downloaded from Cisco web site by students and instructors members of the netacad program.


Update 17/09/2014 : The Cisco networking academy CCNA Routing & Switching 5.0 course material (pka files, ...) is affected by Packet Tracer 6.1.1 bug fixes. Cisco released an updated version of CCNA Routing & Switching (v5.02) to addess this problem. The new material is not backward compatible with previous Packet Tracer versions. Have a look on cisco official website for more informations about this issue and to download packet tracer 6.1 + the new CCNA Routing & Switching course


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PTBridge : Connect Cisco Packet Tracer to real network

Since Cisco Packet Tracer 5.3.3, it has been possible to connect Cisco Packet Tracer simulated environment to real world networks using PTBridge which is an external java application (PT533-Bridge-1.0.11.jar for Cisco Packet Tracer 5.3.3) working with the following components :

  • Java JRE > 6
  • WinPcap v4.1.2 (captures the packets)
  • JnetPcap v1.3.0 (decodes the captured packets)
  • Packet Tracer multiuser cloud configured on TCP 38000 port.


PTBridge : Connect Packet Tracer with real world networks


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Download Cisco Packet Tracer

Cisco Packet Tracer is created by Cisco SystemsTM and provided for free distribution to faculty, students, and alumni who are or have participated in the Networking AcademyTM program. Self-learners are not allowed to download Packet Tracer.


Cisco Packet Tracer 6.1 instructor and student versions are currently available for download for Cisco Netacad Alumni from the Packet Tracer resource page on Cisco Networking AcademyTM website.


To access this page, log in to Academy Connection (CiscoTM website) and click the Cisco Packet Tracer graphic on the left of the page, select Software Downloads, then select the appropriate download package for your needs.


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