Introduction

Why?

Download GNS3 appliance

Import GNS3 appliance

Last updated
January 12, 2017

Contributors
David Bombal
Julien Duponchelle
Ricar Ganancial
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Last updated
January 12, 2017

Contributors
David Bombal
Julien Duponchelle
Ricar Ganancial
Edit this Article

Install an appliance from the GNS3 Marketplace

Introduction

This document explains how to download and install an appliance from the GNS3 Marketplace.

Why?

QuestionWhy would you want to use an appliance from the GNS3 Marketplace rather than manually configuring settings yourself?

Answer The GNS3 appliances are using GNS3 recommended settings and  have been thoroughly tested. You will most likely have a much better user experience using the appliances. You will also encounter fewer errors if you use an appliance rather than trying to configure settings yourself and using untested images.

IMPORTANTIf you want to use IOSvL2, IOU, IOSv, IOS-XRv or ASAv images with GNS3, the GNS3 VM is mandatory when using Windows or Mac OS. This is because Qemu is better supported on Linux and faster when run with VMware (you can also use KVM). .

IMPORTANTSome vendors provide images of their systems for free. Others like Cisco do not. You will be need to provide your own Cisco images to use Cisco devices with GNS3. GNS3 are unable to provide Cisco IOS images. Please do not ask us or others to give you an image. You will need to either have an authorized account with Cisco or purchase a VIRL license to access Cisco images like the Cisco ASAv or IOSv. For VIRL, go here: http://virl.cisco.com/

Download GNS3 appliance

NOTEIn this example, a Cisco IOSvL2 appliance will be imported. Other appliances will follow a similar process.

NOTEIn this guide, the Windows operating system is used. The process is similar however for other operating systems such as Mac OS and Linux.

Before downloading the appliance from the GNS3 website, download and save the operating system for the appliance in your Downloads directory:

Using a web browser, browse to https://gns3.com and click the MARKETPLACE menu item:

                     

                                         

Click Appliances:

Select the appliance you want to download. In this example, the Cisco IOSvL2 appliance will be used:

An appliance description is displayed. Confirm details of the appliance and then click Download Template:

The appliance is downloaded to your local PC:

Import GNS3 appliance

Follow this tutorial for importing the appliance in GNS3