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How to Install Graphical Network Simulator 3 on Windows?

  • Last Updated : 21 Apr, 2022

Graphical Network Simulator-3 also known as GNS3 is a network software emulator. It was released in 2008. It is a free and open-source software which can be run on different operating systems like Linux, Unix, windows, mac, etc. It was developed by Jeremy Grossmann, Dominik Ziajka and Piotr Pękala. Its latest version is 2.2.27 which is released in 2021 on 10 June. It is written in python language. It has the capability to run on virtual machine as well as local machines. It is used to build simple and complex network simulations.

Installing Graphical Network Simulator-3 on Windows:

Follow the below steps to install Graphical Network Simulator-3 on Windows:

Step 1: Visit the official website on any web browser. Click on the Windows download button.

official GNS website

Step 2: It will ask to log in and to create an account, click on Create Account button.

create an account

Step 3: Next webpage will ask to fill in the basic details and email id to create an account. Fill in the details and click on Create Account button.

fill in the basic details

Step 4: Next webpage will appear, click on Free Download Button.

Free Download Button

Step 5: Downloading of the executable file will start shortly. 

download executable file

Step 6: Now check for the executable file in downloads in your system and run it.

executable file

Step 7: It will prompt confirmation to make changes to your system. Click on Yes.

confirmation to make changes to your system

Step 8: Setup screen will appear, click on Next.

Setup screen

Step 9: The next screen will be of License Agreement, click on I Agree.

Licence Agreement

Step 10: Next screen will be of choosing the Start menu folder so don’t do anything just click on the Next Button.

Start menu folder

Step 11: Next screen is of choosing components, all components are already marked so don’t change anything just click on the Next button.

choose components

Step 12: The next screen will be of installing location so choose the drive which will have sufficient memory space for installation. It needed a memory space of 326.3 MB.

installing location

Step 13: After this installation process will start and will hardly take a minute to complete the installation.

installing GNS3

Step 14: Click on Next after the installation process bar is complete.

installation completed

Step 15: Next screen is of Solarwinds standard toolset, which is available for free, choose No and click on Next.

solarwinds standard toolset

Step 16: Click on Finish after the installation process is complete.

finish installation

Step 17: GNS3 is successfully installed on the system and an icon is created on the desktop.

GNS3 icon

Step 18: Run the software, set up wizard will appear, choose Run appliances on my local computer.

set up wizard

Step 19: Next screen is of local server configuration, don’t do anything. Click on Next button.

local server configuration

Step 20: Local server status screen will appear, it is showing successful connection.

Local server status screen

Step 21: The last screen is of setup wizard summary, click on Finish button.

setup wizard summary

As the software is installed successfully and the interface is initialized.

GNS3 interface

Congratulations!! At this point, you have successfully installed Graphical Network Simulator-3 on your windows system.

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