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Cisco Packet Tracer

An innovative and powerful networking simulation tool used for practice, discovery and troubleshooting.

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How to download Packet Tracer

To download Packet Tracer, follow these steps to create your Networking Academy registration:

  • Click the 'Enroll to Download Packet Tracer' button
  • Enroll in the Introduction to Packet Tracer course
  • Complete your Networking Academy registration
  • Launch the Introduction to Packet Tracer course
  • Download instructions are found within the course

About Packet Tracer

Cisco developed Packet Tracer to help Networking Academy students achieve the most optimal learning experience while gaining practical networking technology skills.

Packet Tracer is a powerful network simulation platform inspiring students to experiment with network behavior and ask 'what if' questions. It supplements physical equipment in the classroom by allowing students to create a network with an almost unlimited number of devices, encouraging practice, discovery and troubleshooting.

About Networking Academy: Started in 1997, Cisco Networking Academy is an IT & Networking skills and career building program for learning institutions and individuals worldwide.

Get the most out of your download

The best way to improve your networking skills through Packet Tracer is to enroll in one of the Cisco Networking Academy's introductory courses. Click "Learn More" below to get started.

The following courses use Packet Tracer:
  • CCNA R&S Curriculum
  • CCNA Security
  • Cybersecurity Essentials
  • Introduction to IoT
  • Introduction to Packet Tracer
  • IoT Fundamentals
  • IT Essentials
  • Mobility Fundamentals
  • Networking Essentials
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Intro to Packet Tracer

Enroll to download your free copy of Packet Tracer and learn basic skills with the tool.

Online self-paced

Intro to Packet Tracer Mobile

A simple course designed for mobile users of Packet Tracer


Additional information for Instructors

  • Designs, builds and configures networks with drag-and-drop devices. Providing valuable hands-on experience that can be applied in the classroom and on the job.
  • Supports the majority of protocols and technologies taught in several Networking Academy courses.
  • Creates customized learning scenarios with the Activity Wizard. Adding instructional text for students as well as grading and real-time feedback, which provides an unlimited number of guided learning experiences. Activities can also be saved and shared with others in the Networking Academy community.
  • Visualizes internal processes in real-time, such as dynamic data transfers and packet content expansion normally hidden on real devices.
  • Opportunities to share ideas, best practices and discuss using Packet Tracer in the classroom with other instructors.
  • Offers multiuser and peer-to-peer real-time collaboration and competition for dynamic learning. Authoring and localization of structured learning activities such as labs, demonstrations, quizzes, exams, remote instructor-student interactions and games.
  • Supports feature expansion through external applications using an API. Enhancing Packet Tracer by adding on curriculum and assessment delivery, games, accessibility and interfacing with real equipment.