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BlackArch Linux

Last Update: 2018-03-24 02:02 UTC


BlackArch Linux is an Arch Linux-based distribution designed for penetration testers and security researchers. It is supplied as a live DVD image that comes with several lightweight window managers, including Fluxbox, Openbox, Awesome and spectrwm. It ships with over a thousand specialist tools for penetration testing and forensic analysis.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 61 (185), 6 months: 66 (176), 3 months: 87 (139), 4 weeks: 82 (128), 1 week: 79 (131)

Average visitor rating: 7.86/10 from 7 review(s).


Antergos Summary
Distribution BlackArch Linux
Home Page http://blackarch.org/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums --
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Documentation http://blackarch.org/guide.html
Screenshots --
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Download Mirrors http://blackarch.org/downloads.htmlLinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker https://github.com/BlackArch/blackarch/issues
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2017-11-24: Distribution Release: BlackArch Linux 2017.11.24
 • 2017-08-30: Distribution Release: BlackArch Linux 2017.08.30
 • 2017-03-02: Distribution Release: BlackArch Linux 2017.03.01
 • 2016-12-21: Distribution Release: BlackArch Linux 2016.12.20
 • 2016-08-19: Distribution Release: BlackArch Linux 2016.08.19
 • 2015-03-30: Distribution Release: BlackArch Linux 2015.03.29
 • More BlackArch releases...

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Feature 2017.12.11 2016.12.29 2015.03.29 2014.07.01
Release Date 2017-12-11 2016-12-29 2015-03-30 2014-07-01
End Of Life        
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 400-6800      
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO
Installation Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode
Default Desktop Fluxbox Fluxbox Fluxbox Fluxbox
Package Management Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed
Office Suite -- -- -- --
Processor Architecture armv6h, armv7h, x86_64 armv6h, armv7h, i686, x86_64 armv6h, armv7h, i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64
Init Software systemd systemd systemd systemd
Journaled File Systems        
Multilingual        
Asian Language Support        
Full Package List 2017.12.11 2016.12.29 2015.03.29 2014.07.01
Package 2017.12.11 2016.12.29 2015.03.29 2014.07.01
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.6) 1.1.5 1.1.3 1.0.29 1.0.28
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- --
bash (4.4.18) 4.4 4.4 4.3 4.3
bind (9.12.1) -- -- -- --
chromium (66.0.3359.117) 63.0.3239.84 -- -- --
cups (2.2.7) -- -- -- --
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.3.6 4.3.5 4.3.2 4.3.0
e2fsprogs (1.44.1) 1.43.7 1.43.3 1.42.12 1.42.10
firefox (59.0.2) 57.0.2 50.1.0 36.0.4 30.0
freetype (2.9) 2.7.1 2.6.5 2.5.5 2.5.3
gcc (7.3.0) 7.2.1 6.1.1 4.9.2 4.9.0
gimp (2.8.22) -- -- -- --
glibc (2.27) 2.26 2.24 2.21 2.19
gnome-shell (3.28.0) -- -- -- --
gnucash (3.0) -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.39) -- -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02 -- -- --
gtk+ (3.22.30) 3.22.26 3.22.5 3.14.9 3.12.2
httpd (2.4.33) 2.4.25 2.4.25 2.4.12 2.4.9
inkscape (0.92.3) -- -- -- --
k3b (18.04.0) -- -- -- --
kmod (25) 24 23 20 18
krita (4.0.1)        
libreoffice (6.0.3) -- -- -- --
linux (4.16.3) 4.14.4 4.8.13 3.19.2 3.15.2
Package 2017.12.11 2016.12.29 2015.03.29 2014.07.01
lxpanel (0.9.3) -- -- -- --
mariadb (10.2.14) 10.1.29 10.1.20 10.0.17 5.5.37
mate-desktop (1.20.1) -- -- -- --
mesa (18.0.1) 17.2.6 13.0.2 10.5.1 10.2.2
mysql (8.0.11) -- -- -- --
nautilus (3.28.1) -- -- -- --
NVIDIA (390.48) -- -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.5.2 3.5.2
openjdk (9.0.4) 7u131 7u111 7u75 7u60
openssh (7.7p1) 7.6p1 7.4p1 6.8p1 6.6p1
openssl (1.1.0h) 1.1.0g 1.0.2j 1.0.2a 1.0.1h
perl (5.26.2) 5.26.1 5.24.0 5.20.2 5.20.0
php (7.2.4) 7.2.0 7.0.14 5.6.7 5.5.14
plasma-desktop (5.12.4) -- -- -- --
postfix (3.3.0) 3.2.4 3.1.3 3.0.0 2.11.1
postgresql (10.3) 10.1 9.6.1 9.4.1 9.3.4
Python (3.6.5) 3.6.3 3.5.2 3.4.3 3.4.1
qt (5.10.1) 5.9.3 5.7.1 5.4.1 5.3.1
samba (4.8.0) 4.7.3 4.5.3 4.2.0 4.1.9
systemd (238) 235 232 218 214
thunderbird (52.7.0) -- -- -- --
vim (8.0) 8.0 8.0 7.4 7.4
vlc (3.0.1) -- -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- -- --
xorg-server (1.19.6) 1.19.5 1.18.4 1.17.1 1.15.2

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Version: 2017.12.11
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-04-06
Votes: 0


Great distribution, great community. This distro clearly benefits from all things Arch Linux.


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Version: 2017.12.11
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-12-22
Votes: 0


very interesting and awesome.
thx for the best


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Version: 2017.12.11
Rating: 8
Date: 2017-12-19
Votes: 3


Black Arch Linux will be the superior pen-testing Distro in a few years,being much more a template for other Distros to follow than a alternative to Kali Linux.Its simplistic look feels great for all minimalist.The endless capability of possibility is a awesome feeling.The size of the OS is completely reasonable for the amount of tools and additional components if offers. If they offer a GUI installer would really bring this Distro to the leading charts, maybe offering a secondary option to use a GUI installer so people don't feel like they have lost "the arch way" of a CLI. Can be a bit buggy at times but nothing terrible. Overall great Distro and hope other kernels can adopt the same capability without deviating from their style.

-Please offer secondary option of GUI installer please!!!


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