Learn How To Install The GNS3 Version 2.2.5 Network Emulator On Windows 10

This tutorial provides a detailed step by step guide on how to install the GNS3 version 2.2.5 network emulator on a windows 10 desktop or laptop computer. GNS3 can be use for many purposes which including using it as a lab environment for testing configurations before deploying them on a production network or using GSN3 for research and education purposes.This tutorial will also show you how to setup the solarwinds Network Engineers bundle of 10 essential tools for absolutely FREE! To get the most out of this tutorial follow the steps shown below in order.


In order to complete this tutorial successfully the following items are required. Please ensure to have these items available before taking implementation action on this tutorial:
1) A desktop or laptop with Windows 10 installed.
2) GNS3 version 2.2.5 installation file.
3) account.
4) Internet connection.
5) The GNS3 Virtual Machine.


1) GNS3 2.25 system requirements
2) Download the GNS3 installation files
3) Double click on the GNS3.exe file and install GNS3
4) Setup the SOLARWINDS standard toolset
5) Download the GNS3 VM and integrate it with GNS3

Step 1: Download The GNS3 Installation Files.

1) There are two main components that need to be downloaded and installed and these are:

a) The GNS3 app which has the graphic user interface where you design networks and the GNS3 virtual machine.

To download these two items go to and click on “FREE DOWNLOAD”

2) GNS3 is absolutely free to download and use but you’ll need an account on to get the download files. If you do not have a GNS3 account you can create a free account on the “SIGN UP” tab. If you already have a GNS3 account click on the “LOGIN” tab and enter your login credentials.

3) On the “DOWNLOAD GNS3” popup window click on the windows download link. Proceed by clicking on the “DOWNLOAD THE GNS3 VM” link and choose the “VMware Workstation and Fusion” download option.

4) Open the GNS3 setup file and click on “NEXT” on “WELCOME TO GNS3 SETUP” application. Click on “I AGREE” to accept the GNU General Public license agreement.

5) Click “NEXT” on the “CHOOSE A START MENU FOLDER” section and on the “CHOOSE COMPONENTS” section you can select components that you would like to be included in the GNS3 installation. It is recommended to leave the default selections and click on “NEXT” to proceed.

6) Select a destination folder were GNS3 2.2.5 will be installed and click on “INSTALL”. Clicking on “INSTALL” starts the installation process were GNS3 files and programs will be copied and installed onto your computer.

When installing GNS3 if you have anti-virus software running on your computer you may face some problems since GNS3 allows you to do things that a typical user would not do. Hence it is recommended to disable anti-virus software during installation and to add exclusions for GNS3 in the ant-virus software configuration. 

7) During GNS3 installation you may see additional installtion processes for wireshark, winpcap and solarwinds software such as solarputty. Simply follow the prompts and accept the license agreements for the respective softwares to proceed.

8) Once the GNS3 installation is complete, choose the “YES” option to get a free license of the Solarwinds Standard Toolset.

9) GNS3 will automatically launch your default web browser and display the “THANK YOU FOR INSTALLING GSN3” page. On the botton section of the web page click on “SOLARWINDS GET FREE TOOL”

Enter your details on the “REGISTER TO RECEIVE YOUR FREE SOLARWINDS STANDARD TOOL SET” section and click on “DOWNLOAD FREE TOOLSET”. The download link will be sent to the email address you entered on the registration form.

10) Solarwinds will prompt you to create a user account for the solarwinds customer portal. Once you create the account go to and login using your credentials. Once logged in download the  Solarwinds standard toolset on the “AVAILABLE” tab.