NS2 installation using Ubuntu Software Center

There is an absolute easy way to install ns2 (network simulator) by using the easiest technique available on ubuntu. 
Let us install ns2 in a very nice and easy way. Ubuntu Software Center provides with ease to install different softwares by wizard.

Here is how it is done.

Open “Ubuntu Software Center” as hightlighted in the below figure.

Now, in the search box on the top right corner. Write ns2 and press enter.

You will see the package. Hit install button and it will install ns2. Ofcourse, internet connectivity is must :)
Similarly, you can install nam(network animator) by following the same procedure. Just enter "nam" in the search box and hit enter.

Install the first package that you see. And there you go, you have installed ns2 and nam .  You can always install it using terminal simply by writing the following command.

sudo apt-get install ns2 nam xgraph

Remember, when you do the same in Ubuntu 13.04, it will not show you the desired ns2 package. And you will have to install it manually. I guess this is only available for 12.04 version. So, there is another way available if you want to install ns2 in that version.

This could be resolved by applying the following command.

sudo apt-get update

When the update is completed, go and run the command to install ns2 , nam and xgraph. If you want an easy way out to install Ubuntu using windows. Please click here.




  1. any one help me in implementing cross layer communication between mac.cc and tcp.cc...
    passing out the information from mac to tcp..

  2. Thanks for sharing .. your tutorials about NS2 is well written and nice . .