What is Cisco Packet Tracer ?

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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 CiscoTM routers 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.

Cisco Packet Tracer 6.3 has been released on 22th december 2015 by Cisco. This is a maintenance version with netacad login enabled at application startup. It replaces Cisco Packet Tracer 6.2 Student and Cisco Packet Tracer 6.2 Instructor. Cisco Packet Tracer 6.2 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 ...

Packet Tracer 6.2 introduced 3G/4G telephony support as well as a new Cisco 819 ISR router with a embedded wireless Access Point. OSPF and EIGRP enhancements were also added in this new version.

Update 12/09/2016 : Packet Tracer 7.0 has been released on 17th June 2016. This new version is a major update which includes 3 new Cisco routers (819IOX, 829, 1240CGR routers) featuring wireless capabilities, a new IE2000 industral switch, huge protocol improvements, LLDP, and new IoE (Internet Of Everything) features. Python and javascript scripting capabilities have also been added to program IoT sensors behavior. Learn how to program IoT devices available in Packet Tracer 7.0

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Update 22/03/2017 :Cisco announced NX-OSv Nexus 7000 image (Titanium) end of development. Development efforts in the NXOS operating system, are now strongly focused on moving to the next generation NXOS as implemented today on the NEXUS 9000-series platform. The first virtual machine platform using the next generation NXOS operating system is NXOSv9000 which has been released late 2016 on CiscoVIRL 1.2.83.

Download Cisco Packet Tracer 7.0

Cisco Packet Tracer 7.0 is created by Cisco SystemsTM and is now freely downloadable for everyone on netacad.com ..

Packet Tracer MD5 and SHA package sums available on our download page.

Cisco Packet Tracer 6.3 and 7.0 are available for free and unrestricted download on the Packet Tracer resource page on Cisco Networking AcademyTM website. Networking Academy registration is now open to everyone and self-learners are now allowed to download Packet Tracer.

Download Cisco Packet Tracer 7.0

Packet Tracer 7.0 IoE features

In a rapidly  growing IoE (Internet Of Everything) market, Cisco announced new Industrial/IoT certification (IMINS2 Exam) program to help students and network professionnals to builds the skills required to converge Industrial Plant floor with IT infrastructure.

Packet Tracer 7.0 provides advanced IoE capabilities with the following new devices and features :

  • MCU and SBC IoT boards with wired and wireless connectivity
  • New IoE service in server device and IOE home Gateway with centralized modular programming capabilities (javascript, python)
  • IoX application deployment capabilities on ISR819HG-4G IOX router
  • Several IoE activities such as an I2IoE "Home IoE Implementation" lab


Cisco Packet Tracer 6.2 ASA support

Cisco Packet Tracer 6.1.1 introduced Cisco ASA 5505 firewall support.

Packet Tracer 6.2 ASA security

ASA 5505 firewall security concept

Discover how to configure clientless SSL VPN on ASA 5505 firewall and to setup a DMZ using Cisco Packet Tracer 6.2 version.

PTBridge : Connect Cisco Packet Tracer to real network

An open source version of PTBridge is now available on GitHub. This PTBridge version works with Packet Tracer 6.2 multiuser connection (server mode). It translates Packet Tracer packets and protocols to real ones and allows real network interaction with Packet Tracer simulated environment. ASA features such as IPSEC VPN or SSL clientless will be tested soon. Wait for upcoming test results !

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

Cisco Packet Tracer Mobile 2.1

Cisco Packet Tracer Mobile 2.1 is the third Packet Tracer version released by Cisco for android and apple mobile devices. Cisco Packet Tracer Mobile 2.1 is not available for windows phones (Packet Tracer 7.0 available for Windows 10 tablets).

Cisco Packet Tracer Mobile LAN lab example with simulated traffic

This mobile version is based on the Cisco Packet Tracer 6.3 simulation engine and is thus compatible with Cisco Packet Tracer 6.2 and 6.3 labs. Limitations and differences with Cisco Packet Tracer 6.3 desktop version can be found in the release notes available on Cisco netacad website. A free Cisco Networking Academy Netspace account is required to use the full features of the simulation software.

Packet Tracer mobile 2.1 requires Android > 4.2 on ARMv7 CPU tablets. User interface is optimized for screens with a minimum size of 7 inches and is as such difficultly usable (but working) on a phone.

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 6.1 TSHOOT lab