Posted by: kezhong | July 23, 2011

Install Cisco Packet Tracer 5.3.1 on Fedora 15(X86_64)

Cisco Packet Tracer is a router and switch simulator. It is used to practice setting up cisco routers and switches using cisco’s proprietary IOS. I installed the Packet Tracer 5.3.1 on my Fedora 15 (X86_64) desktop system.

Download the PacketTracer tarball from the following link

Extract the tar ball
# tar xzf PacketTracer531_Fedora.tar.gz

# cd PacketTracer53
# ./install

# packettracer

When I run it at the first time, it just displayed “Starting Packet Tracer 5.3” and quit to command prompt without any error message. I edited the /opt/pt/packettracer file, and modified as below


echo Starting Packet Tracer 5.3

#pushd $PTDIR/bin > /dev/null
#./PacketTracer5 $@ > /dev/null 2>&1
#popd > /dev/null
pushd $PTDIR/bin
./PacketTracer5 $@

Run “packettracer” again, it told me I need to install I installed it, and run again. It told me I need to install, and so on. After I installed all the lack packages, it began to run normally. Finally, I recovered the /opt/pt/packettracer file to its original.


  1. I have f15 and install with no problems.


  2. i got it from here, it works well: Packet Tracer 5.3

  3. After running ‘packettracer’ with your modifications to the /opt/pt/packettracer file, I get:

    $ ./packettracer
    Starting Packet Tracer 5.3
    /opt/pt/bin /usr/local/bin
    ./packettracer: line 11: ./PacketTracer5: No such file or directory

    x86_64 architecture. Any ideas?

    • thanks bro you saved my life

  4. I cant get PT to run on 64 bit FC 16.

    I used the tarball and when I start the app it says starting packet tracer and thats it.

  5. plz send me link for packet tracer for rhel6 64bit

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  7. packet tracer is working fine fedora 15 64bit after the extracting the folder using tar -xzf you only need to accept the user license agrement and follow the next instruction after that if u run as root it will be popping up and disapper u need to login by su – user and run packettracer command it will work fine.

  8. hello, thanks for this instruction, my packettracer it works.
    My problem now is when I want to run the pt application I have to run command. My question is how to command to put the PacketTracer into my Application Menu Bar.


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