Cisco Packet Tracer

Gain real skills with our powerful network simulation and visualization tool, Cisco Packet Tracer. This virtual lab is an interactive way to practice networking, IoT, and cybersecurity skills – no hardware required! Use Packet Tracer as a learning environment for courses, distance learning, professional training, work planning, or just to have some fun.

If you are new to Cisco Packet Tracer and exploring it on your own, enroll in our short Getting Started with Cisco Packet Tracer course for an on-ramp and to download the latest version.

Educators: Have your students enroll in the Introduction to Packet Tracer course for a comprehensive overview and to download the latest version.


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Who uses Packet Tracer?
  • Learners exploring networking and tech careers
  • Networking, IoT, and cybersecurity students
  • Engineers, educators, and trainers
  • Distance teaching and learning
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Use it to
  • Practice building simple and complex networks
  • Visualize how a network works
  • Practice rack, stack, and cabling skills in the virtual lab
  • Integrate IoT devices, Python code, or network automation
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Download for Free

Simply enroll in one of our introductory courses below to download the latest version of Packet Tracer.

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  • Collaborate and compete within Packet Tracer
  • Share network designs for feedback
  • Connect with our global Facebook community to share ideas and get inspiration

Download and Get Started

Cisco Packet Tracer is a powerful tool. Let us help you get started. Select the course that’s right for you to learn valuable tips and best practices and download the latest version of Packet Tracer for free.

Getting Started with Cisco Packet Tracer (2 hours)

This short on-ramp is a great place to start and showcases the latest Packet Tracer user interface. Sign up below and you will be directed to the self-paced course in our new learner experience on

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Introduction to Packet Tracer (10 hours)

This full introductory course provides a comprehensive overview, including practice of Internet of Things (IoT) topics. Learners can earn a digital badge for completing this course.

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