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BackBox Linux

Last Update: 2019-06-11 23:45 UTC


BackBox Linux is an Ubuntu-based distribution developed to perform penetration tests and security assessments. It is designed to be fast and easy to use. It provides a minimal yet complete desktop environment, thanks to its own software repositories, which are always updated to the latest stable versions of the most often used and best-known ethical hacking tools.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 75 (152), 6 months: 80 (145), 3 months: 68 (160), 4 weeks: 108 (114), 1 week: 105 (114)

Average visitor rating: 9.79/10 from 14 review(s).


BackBox Summary
Distribution BackBox Linux
Home Page http://www.backbox.org/
Mailing Lists http://groups.google.com/group/backbox-linux
User Forums http://forum.backbox.org/
Alternative User Forums
Documentation http://wiki.backbox.org/
Screenshots http://www.backbox.org/gallery/backbox-linux-3DistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts
Download Mirrors http://www.backbox.org/downloads
Bug Tracker --
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2019-06-11: Distribution Release: BackBox Linux 6
 • 2017-07-21: Distribution Release: BackBox Linux 5
 • 2016-12-06: Distribution Release: BackBox Linux 4.7
 • 2016-05-27: Distribution Release: BackBox Linux 4.6
 • 2016-01-27: Distribution Release: BackBox Linux 4.5
 • 2015-10-12: Distribution Release: BackBox Linux 4.4
 • 2015-07-22: Distribution Release: BackBox Linux 4.3
 • 2015-04-27: Distribution Release: BackBox Linux 4.2
 • 2015-01-29: Distribution Release: BackBox Linux 4.1
 • 2014-10-11: Distribution Release: BackBox Linux 4.0
 • 2014-01-16: Distribution Release: BackBox Linux 3.13
 • 2013-09-20: Distribution Release: BackBox Linux 3.09
 • More BackBox releases...

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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 6 5.3 4.7 3.13 2.05
Release Date 2019-06-11 2019-02-19 2016-12-06 2014-01-16 2012-04-26
End Of Life          
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 2300-2500 2200-2300      
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop Xfce Xfce Xfce Xfce Xfce
Package Management DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice GOffice
Processor Architecture i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64
Init Software systemd systemd systemd Upstart Upstart
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
Multilingual de, en, es, fr, it de, en, es, fr, it de, en, es, fr, it de, en, es, fr, it de, en, es, fr, it
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- --
Full Package List 6 5.3 4.7 3.13 2.05
Package 6 5.3 4.7 3.13 2.05
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- -- 2.8.6
alsa-lib (1.1.9) 1.1.3 1.1.0 1.0.27.2 1.0.25 1.0.24.1
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- -- -- --
bash (5.0) 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.2 4.2
bind (9.15.3) -- -- -- -- --
chromium (76.0.3809.100) -- -- -- -- --
cups (2.3.0) 2.2.7 2.1.3 1.7.2 1.5.3 1.4.6
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.3.5 4.3.3 4.2.4 4.1.ESV-R4 4.1.1-P1
e2fsprogs (1.45.3) 1.44.1 1.42.13 1.42.9 1.42 1.41.14
firefox (68.0.2) 67.0.1 65.0 50.0.2 26.0 11.0
freetype (2.10.1) 2.8.1 2.6.1 2.5.2 2.4.8 2.4.4
gcc (9.2.0) 7.4.0 5.3.1 4.8.2 4.6.3 4.5.2
gimp (2.10.12) 2.8.22 2.8.16 2.8.10 2.6.12 --
glibc (2.30) 2.27 2.23 2.19 2.15 2.13
gnome-shell (3.32.2) -- -- -- -- --
gnucash (3.6) -- -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.45) -- -- -- -- 1.10.13
grub (2.04) 2.02 2.02 2.02beta2 1.99 1.99rc1
gtk (3.24.10) 3.22.30 3.18.9 2.24.23 2.24.10 2.24.4
httpd (2.4.41) 2.4.29 2.4.18 2.4.7 2.2.22 2.2.17
inkscape (0.92.4) -- -- -- -- --
k3b (19.08.0) -- -- -- -- --
kmod (26) 24 22 15 -- --
krita (4.2.5) -- -- -- -- --
libreoffice (6.3.0) 6.2.4 6.1.4 4.2.8 4.1.4rc2 --
linux (5.2.9) 4.18 4.15 4.4 3.11 2.6.38
Package 6 5.3 4.7 3.13 2.05
lxpanel (0.10.0) -- -- -- -- --
mariadb (10.4.7) -- -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.22.1) -- -- -- -- --
mesa (19.1.5) 18.2.8 18.0.5 11.2.0 8.0.4 7.10.2
mysql (8.0.17) -- -- -- -- --
nautilus (3.32.3) -- -- -- -- --
NVIDIA (430.40) -- -- -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- --
openjdk (12.0.1) 11.0.3 8u191 7u121 7u25 --
openssh (8.0p1) 7.6p1 7.2p2 6.6p1 5.9p1 5.8p1
openssl (1.1.1c) 1.1.0g 1.0.2g 1.0.1f 1.0.1 0.9.8o
perl (5.30.0) 5.26.1 5.22.1 5.18.2 5.14.2 5.10.1
php (7.3.8) -- -- 5.5.9 5.3.10 5.3.5
plasma-desktop (5.16.4) -- -- -- -- --
postfix (3.4.6) 3.3.0 -- -- 2.8.5 2.8.5
postgresql (11.5) -- -- 9.3.15 9.1.11 8.4.11
Python (3.7.4) 3.6.7 2.7.12 2.7.5 2.7.3 2.7.1
qt (5.13.0) 5.9.5 5.5.1 4.8.5 4.8.1 4.7.2
samba (4.10.7) -- -- 4.3.11 3.6.3 3.5.8
systemd (242) 237 229 204 -- --
thunderbird (60.8.0) 60.7.0 60.4.0 45.5.1 24.2.0 11.0.1
vim (8.1) 8.0 7.4 7.4 7.3 7.3
vlc (3.0.8) 3.0.4 2.2.2 -- 2.0.8 1.1.9
xfdesktop (4.14.1) 4.12.3 4.12.3 4.11.8 4.8.3 4.8.3
xorg-server (1.20.5) 1.19.6 1.18.4 1.15.1 1.11.4 1.10.1

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Version: 6
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-08-14
Votes: 8


Nothing but perfection at its best :) Backbox has come a long way. I wish that other Linux users would get hip to this distro and the tools that comes with it. Respect....Backbox :)


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Version: 6
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-06-16
Votes: 39


Beautiful working out of the box system. Plenty of system tools and lots of pen testing stuff included. Most importantly for me it offered a smooth gui interface for dual boot during install.


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Version: 5.3
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-05-24
Votes: 33


Very good , friendly distribution.. nice . All works. Recommended :)


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