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DistroWatch.com: Parrot Security OS

Parrot Security OS

Last Update: 2017-03-09 05:14 UTC


Parrot Security OS is a Debian-based, security-oriented distribution featuring a collection of utilities designed for penetration testing, computer forensics, reverse engineering, hacking, privacy, anonymity and cryptography. The product, developed by Frozenbox, comes with MATE as the default desktop environment.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 50 (226), 6 months: 40 (303), 3 months: 32 (344), 4 weeks: 28 (374), 1 week: 46 (262)

Average visitor rating: 9.75/10 from 4 review(s).


Parrot Summary
Distribution Parrot Security OS
Home Page http://www.parrotsec.org/
Mailing Lists http://lists.parrotsec.org/listinfo
User Forums FrozenBox.org
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation https://docs.parrotsec.org/
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Download Mirrors https://www.parrotsec.org/download.fx
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2017-03-08: Distribution Release: Parrot Security OS 3.5
 • 2016-12-25: Distribution Release: Parrot Security OS 3.3
 • 2016-10-16: Distribution Release: Parrot Security OS 3.2
 • 2016-07-31: Distribution Release: Parrot Security OS 3.1
 • 2016-06-19: Distribution Release: Parrot Security OS 3.0
 • More Parrot releases...

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Feature 3.5 3.0.1 2.2.1
Release Date 2017-03-08 2016-06-18 2016-05-16
End Of Life      
Price (US$) Free Free Free
CDs 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD
Free Download ISO ISO ISO
Installation      
Default Desktop MATE MATE MATE
Package Management DEB DEB DEB
Office Suite GOffice GOffice, LibreOffice GOffice
Processor Architecture i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64
Journaled File Systems ext3, ext4 ext3, ext4 ext3, ext4
Multilingual en en en
Asian Language Support      
Full Package List 3.5 3.0.1 2.2.1
Package 3.5 3.0.1 2.2.1
abiword (3.0.2) 3.0.2 3.0.1 3.0.0
alsa-lib (1.1.3) 1.1.3 1.1.1 1.0.28
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- --
bash (4.4) 4.4 4.3 4.3
bind (9.11.0-P3) -- -- --
chromium (57.0.2987.110) -- -- --
cups (2.2.2) 2.2.1 2.1.3 1.7.5
dhcp (4.3.5) 4.3.5 4.3.4 4.3.1
e2fsprogs (1.43.4) 1.43.4 1.43.1 1.42.12
firefox (52.0.1) 51.0.1 45.2.0 38.6.1
freetype (2.7.1) 2.6.3 2.6.3 2.5.2
gcc (6.3.0) 6.3.0 5.3.1 4.9.2
gimp (2.8.20) -- 2.8.16 --
glibc (2.25) 2.24 2.22 2.19
gnome-shell (3.24.0) -- -- --
gnucash (2.6.16) -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.34) 1.12.32 1.12.29 1.12.18
grub (2.00) -- -- 2.02beta2
gtk+ (3.22.11) 3.22.8 3.20.6 3.14.5
httpd (2.4.25) 2.4.25 2.4.20 2.4.10
inkscape (0.92.1) -- -- --
k3b (2.0.3a) -- -- --
kmod (24) 23 22 18
libgnome (2.32.1) 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1
libreoffice (5.3.1) -- 5.1.4rc1 --
linux (4.10.6) 4.9.13 4.5.3 4.3.3
Package 3.5 3.0.1 2.2.1
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- -- --
mariadb (10.1.22) 10.1.21 -- --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) 1.16.1 1.14.1 1.8.1
mesa (17.0.2) 13.0.5 11.2.2 10.3.2
mysql (5.7.17) -- 5.6.30 --
nautilus (3.24.0) -- 3.20.1 --
NVIDIA (378.13) -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- --
openjdk (8u121) 8u121 8u91 7u95
openssh (7.5p1) 7.4p1 7.2p2 6.7p1
openssl (1.1.0e) 1.1.0e 1.0.2h 1.0.1k
perl (5.24.1) 5.24.1 5.22.2 5.20.2
php (7.1.3) 7.0.16 5.6.22 5.6.14
plasma-desktop (5.9.4) -- -- --
postfix (3.2.0) -- 3.1.0 --
postgresql (9.6.2) 9.6.2 9.5.3 9.4.6
Python (3.6.1) 2.7.13 2.7.11 2.7.9
qt (5.8.0) 5.7.1 5.5.1 4.8.6
samba (4.6.1) 4.5.4 4.4.3 4.1.17
systemd (233) 232 230 215
thunderbird (45.8.0) -- 45.1.0 --
vim (8.0) 8.0 7.4 7.4
vlc (2.2.4) 2.2.4 2.2.4 2.2.0rc2
xfdesktop (4.12.3) -- -- --
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.19.1 1.18.3 1.17.2

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9.8
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Version: 3.4.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-01-23
Votes: 2


The best pentesting distribution!


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Version: 3.4.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-02-03
Votes: 1


awesome distro, probably one of the best and most comfortable debian derivatives


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Version: 3.4.1
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-02-05
Votes: 0


Definitely my favorite distro pros : Everything related to pen testing Con: Anonymity tools leaves even my t1 connection at a snails pace.


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