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DistroWatch.com: Kali Linux

Kali Linux

Last Update: 2017-04-26 03:44 UTC


Kali Linux (formerly known as BackTrack) is a Debian-based distribution with a collection of security and forensics tools. It features timely security updates, support for the ARM architecture, a choice of four popular desktop environments, and seamless upgrades to newer versions.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 26 (404), 6 months: 21 (486), 3 months: 19 (545), 4 weeks: 17 (626), 1 week: 8 (1,043)

Average visitor rating: 6.67/10 from 3 review(s).


Kali Summary
Distribution Kali Linux (formerly BackTrack)
Home Page http://www.kali.org/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums http://forums.kali.org/
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation https://www.kali.org/kali-linux-documentation/
Screenshots LinuxQuestions.orgDistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts LinuxQuestions.org
Download Mirrors http://www.kali.org/downloads/LinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker http://bugs.kali.org/
Related Websites Offensive SecurityWikipedia
Reviews 2016.x: DistroWatchZDNet
1.0.x: DedoimedoLinuxBSDosZDNetBinary TidesLinuxBSDos
BackTrack: LinuxBSDosADMINUbuntu ManualLinux UserDedoimedoLinux.comLinux.com
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2017-04-25: Distribution Release: Kali Linux 2017.1
 • 2016-08-31: Distribution Release: Kali Linux 2016.2
 • 2016-01-21: Distribution Release: Kali Linux 2016.1
 • 2015-08-12: Distribution Release: Kali Linux 2.0
 • 2015-02-10: Distribution Release: Kali Linux 1.1.0
 • 2014-08-25: Distribution Release: Kali Linux 1.0.9
 • 2014-07-22: Distribution Release: Kali Linux 1.0.8
 • 2014-05-27: Distribution Release: Kali Linux 1.0.7
 • 2014-01-09: Distribution Release: Kali Linux 1.0.6
 • 2013-07-26: Distribution Release: Kali Linux 1.0.4
 • 2013-03-14: Distribution Release: Kali Linux 1.0
 • 2012-08-13: Distribution Release: BackTrack 5 R3
 • More Kali releases...

  Headlines:
 •2017-01-19 Kali Linux introduces KLCP professional certification
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  • Colour scheme: green text = latest stable version, red text = development or beta version. The function determining beta versions is not 100% reliable due to a wide variety of versioning schemes.

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Feature 2017.1 2016.2 2.0 1.1.0 5-R3 4-R2 3 2 1.0 200605 150405 081004 Feature
Release Date 2017-04-25 2016-08-31 2015-08-11 2015-02-09 2012-08-13 2010-11-22 2008-06-19 2007-03-06 2006-05-26 2005-06-22 2005-04-15 2004-08-10 Release Date
End Of Life                         End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
CDs 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 1 1 1 1 1 CDs
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical -- -- -- -- -- -- Installation
Default Desktop GNOME GNOME GNOME GNOME GNOME, KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE IceWM Default Desktop
Package Management DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB TGZ TGZ TGZ DEB DEB DEB Package Management
Office Suite -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Office Suite
Processor Architecture armel, armhf, i386, x86_64 armel, armhf, i386, x86_64 armel, armhf, i386, x86_64 armel, armhf, i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386 i486 i486 i486 i486 i486 i486 Processor Architecture
Journaled File Systems Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3 ext3 ext3 ext3 ext3 ext3 Journaled File Systems
Multilingual                         Multilingual
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List 2017.1 2016.2 2.0 1.1.0                 Full Package List
Package 2017.1 2016.2 2.0 1.1.0 5-R3 4-R2 3 2 1.0 200605 150405 081004 Package
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- abiword (3.0.2)
alsa-lib (1.1.3) 1.1.3 1.1.0 1.0.28 1.0.25 1.0.22 1.0.17a 1.0.14a -- 1.0.10 1.0.6 1.0.6 -- alsa-lib (1.1.3)
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (16.40)
bash (4.4) 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.2 4.1 3.2 3.1 3.1 3.0 3.0 3.0 2.05b bash (4.4)
bind (9.11.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- 9.4.1 9.3.2-P1 9.3.1 9.3.1 9.3.1 8.4.4 bind (9.11.1)
chromium (58.0.3029.81) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (58.0.3029.81)
cups (2.2.3) 2.2.1 2.1.4 1.7.5 1.5.3 1.4.3 1.3.9 1.3.7 1.1.23 -- -- -- 1.1.21rc1 cups (2.2.3)
dhcp (4.3.5) 4.3.5 4.3.4 4.3.1 4.2.2 3.1.3 3.1.1 3.0.6 -- 3.0.3 3.0.1 3.0.1 3.0.1rc11 dhcp (4.3.5)
e2fsprogs (1.43.4) 1.43.4 1.43.1 1.42.12 1.42.5 1.41.11 1.41.3 1.39 1.38 1.38 1.35 1.35 1.34 e2fsprogs (1.43.4)
firefox (53.0) 45.8.0 45.3.0 31.8.0 31.4.0 14.0.1 3.0.15 2.0.0.10 1.5.0.7 1.5 1.0 1.0 -- firefox (53.0)
freetype (2.7.1) 2.6.3 2.6.3 2.5.2 2.4.9 2.3.11 2.3.7 2.3.4 2.2.1 -- 2.1.7 2.1.7 2.1.7 freetype (2.7.1)
gcc (6.3.0) 6.3.0 6.1.1 4.9.2 4.7.2 4.4.3 4.3.1 4.1.2 3.4.6 3.3.5 3.3.5 3.3.5 3.3.2 gcc (6.3.0)
gimp (2.8.20) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.0.6 2.0.6 1.2.5 gimp (2.8.20)
glibc (2.25) 2.24 2.23 2.19 2.13 2.11.1 2.11.1 2.5 2.3.6 2.3.5 2.3.2 2.3.2 2.3.2 glibc (2.25)
gnome-shell (3.24.1) 3.22.3 3.20.3 3.14.2 3.4.2 2.28.1git -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.24.1)
gnucash (2.6.16) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (2.6.16)
gnumeric (1.12.34) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnumeric (1.12.34)
grub (2.02) -- -- -- -- 1.98 0.97 -- -- -- 0.95 0.95 -- grub (2.02)
gtk+ (3.22.12) 3.22.11 3.20.9 3.14.5 3.4.2 2.20.1 2.14.4 2.10.13 2.8.20 2.6.10 2.6.4 2.4.13 2.4.9 gtk+ (3.22.12)
httpd (2.4.25) 2.4.25 2.4.23 2.4.10 2.2.22 2.2.14 2.2.9 -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.25)
inkscape (0.92.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (0.92.1)
k3b (17.04.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- 1.0.2 0.12.15 0.12.8 0.11.17 0.11.17 -- k3b (17.04.0)
kmod (24) 23 22 18 9 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (24)
libgnome (2.32.1) -- 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.30.0 2.24.1 -- -- 2.6.1.1 2.8.0 2.8.0 2.6.1.2 libgnome (2.32.1)
libreoffice (5.3.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- libreoffice (5.3.2)
linux (4.10.13) 4.9.18 4.6.4 4.0.4 3.18.3 3.2.6 2.6.35.8 2.6.21.5 2.6.20 2.6.15.6 2.6.11 2.6.9 2.6.7 linux (4.10.13)
Package 2017.1 2016.2 2.0 1.1.0 5-R3 4-R2 3 2 1.0 200605 150405 081004 Package
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- lxde-common (0.99.2)
mariadb (10.1.22) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.1.22)
mate-desktop (1.18.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.18.0)
mesa (17.0.5) 13.0.6 11.2.2 10.3.2 8.0.5 7.7.1 7.2 6.5.2 -- -- 4.3.0 4.3.0 4.3.0 mesa (17.0.5)
mysql (5.7.18) -- 5.6.30 5.5.44 5.5.41 5.1.63 5.0.67 5.0.37 5.0.24a 4.0.24 4.0.23 4.0.23 4.0.17 mysql (5.7.18)
nautilus (3.24.1) 3.22.3 3.20.1 3.14.1 3.4.2 2.31.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (3.24.1)
NVIDIA (378.13) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (378.13)
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (8u131) 8u121 8u102 7u79 7u75 6b20 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (8u131)
openssh (7.5p1) 7.4p1 7.3p1 6.7p1 6.0p1 5.3p1 5.1p1 5.0p1 4.4p1 4.2p1 3.8.1p1 3.8.1p1 3.6.1p2 openssh (7.5p1)
openssl (1.1.0e) 1.0.2k 1.0.2h 1.0.1k 1.0.1e 0.9.8k 0.9.8g 0.9.8e 0.9.8d 0.9.8a 0.9.7d 0.9.7d 0.9.7c openssl (1.1.0e)
perl (5.24.1) 5.24.1 5.22.2 5.20.2 5.14.2 5.10.1 5.10.0 5.8.8 5.8.8 5.8.8 5.8.4 5.8.4 5.8.3 perl (5.24.1)
php (7.1.4) 7.0.16 7.0.9 5.6.9 5.4.36 5.3.2 5.2.6 5.2.4 -- -- 4.3.10 4.3.10 4.3.3 php (7.1.4)
plasma-desktop (5.9.5) -- -- -- -- 4.5.3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.9.5)
postfix (3.2.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.2.0)
postgresql (9.6.2) 9.6.2 9.5.4 9.4.3 9.1.14 -- 8.3.8 8.2.4 8.1.4 8.1.3 -- -- -- postgresql (9.6.2)
Python (3.6.1) 2.7.13 2.7.11 2.7.9 2.7.3 2.7.1 2.5.2 2.5.1 2.4.3 2.4.1 2.3.4 2.3.4 2.3.3 Python (3.6.1)
qt (5.8.0) 5.7.1 5.6.1 5.3.2 4.8.2 4.7.0 3.3.8b 3.3.8 3.3.6 3.3.4 3.3.3 3.3.3 3.2.3 qt (5.8.0)
samba (4.6.3) 4.5.8 4.4.5 4.1.17 4.0.6 3.4.7 3.2.3 -- 3.0.23c 3.0.20 3.0.8 3.0.8 3.0.7 samba (4.6.3)
systemd (233) 232 231 215 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (233)
thunderbird (52.0.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- thunderbird (52.0.1)
vim (8.0) 8.0 7.4 7.4 7.3 7.2 7.1 -- -- 6.3 6.3 6.3 6.2 vim (8.0)
vlc (2.2.4) -- 2.2.1 2.2.0 2.0.3 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0.8.1 -- vlc (2.2.4)
xfdesktop (4.12.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.12.3)
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.19.2 1.18.4 1.17.2 1.12.4 1.7.6 1.5.2 1.3.0.0 (6.9.0) (6.9.0) -- -- -- xorg-server (1.19.3)

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Version: 2016.2
Rating: 3
Date: 2017-04-03
Votes: 7


Old OpenSSH and OpenSSL versions. Other libs are almost ancient if you are used to Arch/Gentoo/Slackware. All the classical Debian based problems.
The collection of available tools is pretty nice, but not always up to date.


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Version: 2016.2
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-01-26
Votes: 7


I favor the Light version, because it uses XFCE. As such, it comes with about 5 pentesting apps, and virtually nothing else. I LOVE the grub background image, and the user default as root (like Puppy). It DID force me to learn to use apt-get install from the command line, which was a good thing.


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Version: 2.0
Rating: 7
Date: 2017-01-23
Votes: 0


awesome work .. keep it up .


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