Packet Tracer

Hello Suse users!

I am new to Open Suse, I recently installed it after trying many distro’s and fell in love with yours, it just felt “complete” and easy. Anyway I am a networking student who has never used linux yet, but it’s a requirement later. That is why I dove into the Linux community.

I downloaded Wireshark from the library but packet tracer from Cisco was available from Cisco’s website it downloads as a .gzip which I unpacked and it runs just fine, but I have to navigate to the folder and click it to run the program. Is there a way to install this so I have an Icon put into the “applications” menu system or even create a desktop Icon?

I am currently using the KDE Open Suse, and my system specs are not important because this has opened up my laptop to all new kinds of speed! woot! So if you could give me a hand great!

Look forward to your help

You can install Wireshark directly without having to download it separately from a 3rd party, doing so will integrate it into the menus.

If you’re using KDE, press ALT+F2 and type “Apper” into the box, then choose it. Then simply type Wireshark into the search box and click on Install on the newest version.

Alternatively, click Launcher (think of it as a Start Button) -> Computer -> Install / Remove Software, search for Wireshark and check mark it to be installed and there you go.

Or use openSUSE’s prime system management tool YaST.

YaST > Software > Software Manager.

I’m sorry, WireShark is not the problem.

I have a .gzip of Packet tracer from Cisco how do I install that in Open Suse? It’s not in the repositories.

On Wed 19 Mar 2014 09:16:02 PM CDT, cyberglyph wrote:

I’m sorry, WireShark is not the problem.

I have a .gzip of Packet tracer from Cisco how do I install that in Open
Suse? It’s not in the repositories.

The default install contains gns3 which is the oss equivalent of packet
tracer… Install via YaST Software or via command line;

zypper in gns3

GNS3 is a excellent complementary tool to real labs for administrators
of Cisco networks or people wanting to pass their CCNA, CCNP, CCIP or
CCIE certifications. It can also be used to experiment features of
Cisco IOS or to check configurations that need to be deployed later on
real routers.

Important notice: users must provide their own Cisco IOS
to use GNS3.

Cheers Malcolm °¿° SUSE Knowledge Partner (Linux Counter #276890)
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Oops, misread your problem.

Sorry about that, well Malcolm already sorted out the thing for you :stuck_out_tongue:

The suggestion for using gns3 is great - I was not aware of that.

As for creating an icon to run Packet Tracer, the process to do this in KDE is surprisingly silly.

One way is to right click on the Suse / Application menu in the task bar and then select "Edit applications . . . " Some screen shots for how to proceed from there are at

You can also create a text file containing the necessary information in your ~/Desktop directory. For example, here is one that launches steam. You could modify this to launch Packet Tracer instead.

me@workstation:~/Desktop> cat steam.desktop
[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Application for managing and playing games on Steam
Exec=/usr/bin/steam %U

Good luck in your Cisco classes! You will find Linux puts a wealth of networking tools at your fingertips. Here are a few fun ones to play with: iptraf, mtr, ettercap, dig, and nmap