How to Download and Install Cisco Packet Tracer in 2 easy steps

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If you’re studying for the CCNA 200-301 or just want to play around and learn Computer Networking, there’s no better place to start than Cisco Packet Tracer. Below is a breakdown of how to download packet tracer in 2 easy steps. Remember, if you want more tips like these, sign up for my Newsletter via email on the homepage to be notified when I post guides, reviews, and productivity tips.

Sign up for Cisco’s NetAcad

In the past, it was a simple click and download to download and install Packet Tracer. Now, Cisco requires an extra step, to sign up and begin a course through their Network Academy. To begin, let’s go to The page should look like this:

From there, we’ll click on “Sign up today!” and choose English, as this is their only language option thus far. From there’ll you complete the self sign up, fill in your email, name, chosen password, and complete the Captcha check.

Once you’ve completed the sign up process, you’ll be prompted to log in with your newly created account.

Download Packet Tracer

Once you log in, you’ll be brought to your “Learning” page. Near the top of that page is a drop down box called “Resources” where you’ll have the option to download packet tracer, screenshot below:

You’ll be directed to downoad which version of packet tracer to use, of course, if you are on a Mac, download the Mac version, Windows download Windows version, etc. The most recent update to Packet Tracer is Packet Tracer 7.3.0, this is the one you want to use to study for the CCNA 200-301, and to complete future Packet Tracer labs that will be published.

Once you’ve installed the proper version of Cisco’s Packet Tracer, it will open the program and you can begin playing around with creating networks.


Packet tracer is the easiest, and most recommended method of labbing Networking concepts and topologies to study for the CCNA 200-301.

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