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Kali Linux

Last Update: 2019-04-11 06:22 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: 19 (478), 6 months: 19 (504), 3 months: 19 (483), 4 weeks: 27 (419), 1 week: 34 (424)

Average visitor rating: 8.22/10 from 27 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
Documentation https://www.kali.org/kali-linux-documentation/
Screenshots DistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts
Download Mirrors http://www.kali.org/downloads/
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:
 • 2019-02-18: Distribution Release: Kali Linux 2019.1
 • 2018-10-29: Distribution Release: Kali Linux 2018.4
 • 2018-04-30: Distribution Release: Kali Linux 2018.2
 • 2018-02-06: Distribution Release: Kali Linux 2018.1
 • 2017-11-22: Distribution Release: Kali Linux 2017.3
 • 2017-09-21: Distribution Release: Kali Linux 2017.2
 • 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
 • More Kali releases...

  Headlines:
 •2018-09-05 How to customize Kali
 •2017-01-19 Kali Linux introduces KLCP professional certification
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Feature 2019.1 2018.4 2017.3 2016.2 2.0 1.1.0 5-R3 4-R2 3 2 1.0 200605 150405 081004 Feature
Release Date 2019-02-18 2018-10-29 2017-11-21 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$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 682-3500 800-2900 800-2800                       Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical -- -- -- -- -- -- Installation
Default Desktop Enlightenment, GNOME, KDE Plasma, LXDE, MATE, Xfce Enlightenment, GNOME, KDE Plasma, LXDE, MATE, Xfce GNOME GNOME GNOME GNOME GNOME, KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE IceWM Default Desktop
Package Management DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB TGZ TGZ TGZ DEB DEB DEB Package Management
Release Model Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Release Model
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 armel, armhf, i386, x86_64 armel, armhf, i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386 i486 i486 i486 i486 i486 i486 Processor Architecture
Init Software systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd SysV systemd systemd SysV systemd SysV SysV SysV SysV Init Software
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 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 2019.1 2018.4 2017.3 2016.2 2.0 1.1.0                 Full Package List
Package 2019.1 2018.4 2017.3 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 (1.1.8) 1.1.7 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 (1.1.8)
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (18.30)
bash (5.0) 5.0 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 (5.0)
bind (9.14.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 9.4.1 9.3.2-P1 9.3.1 9.3.1 9.3.1 8.4.4 bind (9.14.1)
chromium (74.0.3729.108) 72.0.3626.53 69.0.3497.92 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (74.0.3729.108)
cups (2.2.11) 2.2.10 2.2.8 2.2.6 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 (2.2.11)
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.4.1 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 (4.4.1)
e2fsprogs (1.45.0) 1.44.5 1.44.4 1.43.7 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 (1.45.0)
firefox (66.0.3) 60.4.0 60.2.0 52.4.0 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 (66.0.3)
freetype (2.10.0) 2.9.1 2.8.1 2.8.1 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 (2.10.0)
gcc (8.3.0) 8.2.0 8.1.0 7.2.0 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 (8.3.0)
gimp (2.10.10) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.0.6 2.0.6 1.2.5 gimp (2.10.10)
glibc (2.29) 2.28 2.27 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 (2.29)
gnome-shell (3.32.1) 3.30.1 3.30.1 3.26.1 3.20.3 3.14.2 3.4.2 2.28.1git -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.32.1)
gnucash (3.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (3.5)
gnumeric (1.12.44) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnumeric (1.12.44)
grub (2.02) -- -- -- -- -- -- 1.98 0.97 -- -- -- 0.95 0.95 -- grub (2.02)
gtk (3.24.8) 3.24.4 3.24.1 3.22.24 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 (3.24.8)
httpd (2.4.39) 2.4.37 2.4.34 2.4.29 2.4.23 2.4.10 2.2.22 2.2.14 2.2.9 -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.39)
inkscape (0.92.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (0.92.4)
k3b (19.04.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 1.0.2 0.12.15 0.12.8 0.11.17 0.11.17 -- k3b (19.04.0)
kmod (26) 25 25 24 22 18 9 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (26)
krita (4.1.8) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- krita (4.1.8)
libreoffice (6.2.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- libreoffice (6.2.3)
linux (5.0.9) 4.19.13 4.18.10 4.13.10 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 (5.0.9)
Package 2019.1 2018.4 2017.3 2016.2 2.0 1.1.0 5-R3 4-R2 3 2 1.0 200605 150405 081004 Package
lxpanel (0.10.0) 0.9.3 0.9.3 0.9.3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- lxpanel (0.10.0)
mariadb (10.3.14) 10.3.12 10.1.29 10.1.26 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.3.14)
mate-desktop (1.22.0) 1.20.4 1.20.3 1.18.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.22.0)
mesa (19.0.3) 18.3.2 18.1.7 17.2.4 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 (19.0.3)
mysql (8.0.16) -- -- -- 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 (8.0.16)
nautilus (3.32.0) 3.30.5 3.30.0 3.26.0 3.20.1 3.14.1 3.4.2 2.31.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (3.32.0)
NVIDIA (418.56) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (418.56)
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.6.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (12.0.1) 11.0.2 10.0.2 8u151 8u102 7u79 7u75 6b20 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (12.0.1)
openssh (8.0p1) 7.9p1 7.8p1 7.6p1 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 (8.0p1)
openssl (1.1.1b) 1.1.1a 1.1.0h 1.1.0g 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 (1.1.1b)
perl (5.28.2) 5.28.1 5.26.2 5.26.1 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 (5.28.2)
php (7.3.4) 7.3 7.2 7.0.22 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 (7.3.4)
plasma-desktop (5.15.4) 5.14.3 5.13.5 -- -- -- -- 4.5.3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.15.4)
postfix (3.4.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.4.5)
postgresql (11.2) 11.1 10.5 10.0 9.5.4 9.4.3 9.1.14 -- 8.3.8 8.2.4 8.1.4 8.1.3 -- -- -- postgresql (11.2)
Python (3.7.3) 2.7.15 2.7.15 2.7.14 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 (3.7.3)
qt (5.12.3) 5.11.2 5.11.1 5.9.1 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 (5.12.3)
samba (4.10.2) 4.9.4 4.8.5 4.7.0 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 (4.10.2)
systemd (242) 240 239 235 231 215 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (242)
thunderbird (60.6.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- thunderbird (60.6.1)
vim (8.1) 8.1 8.1 8.0 7.4 7.4 7.3 7.2 7.1 -- -- 6.3 6.3 6.3 6.2 vim (8.1)
vlc (3.0.6) -- -- -- 2.2.1 2.2.0 2.0.3 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0.8.1 -- vlc (3.0.6)
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.12.4 4.12.4 4.12.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.12.4)
xorg-server (1.20.4) 1.20.3 1.20.1 1.19.5 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 (1.20.4)

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Version: 2019.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-03-13
Votes: 0


One word: Awesome.
I know it's meant to be for pentesting, but... I'm now using it as my daily workhorse for absolutely everything.

I had too many issues with Ubuntu on my laptop that I replaced it with Kali Linux & KDE. I picked Kali over Debian because Debian stable is too outdated and Debian testing is a tiny bit too unstable but Kali adds a little layer of stability because they seem do additional testing when pulling from upstream.
All I had to do is create a normal user and I was ready to rock.
Best move I've ever done. I've had no problems whatsoever and KDE is smooth as.

I'm still doing pentests running kali in a VM but I run the occasional test natively when I need proper USB support.


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Version: 2019.1
Rating: 7
Date: 2019-03-03
Votes: 1


I have installed and used many different Linux distros over many years. This version of Kali linux does have a issue of hanging and freezing running programs. It is the only Debian based systerm I have used that does this, and I have used many different ones. Also Kali from what I have read has a history of hanging going back many years. The hanging not only occurs in programs I have installed, but it also hangs with dpkg after a program or file install. It does this so often that it is ridiculous. Despite the hanging and freezing issue, it does run everything I have thrown at it including installing Linux Wine programs which is more than other distros. The hanging is consistant and lasts for five to ten seconds without crashing the OS. I'm using a desktop and installed the i386 version. Good distro overall except for the hanging issue.


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Version: 2019.1
Rating: 7
Date: 2019-02-21
Votes: 6


Take note! This is not your standard, everyday, OS.

Kali Linux is designed for forensic/penetration testing and security, and is probably quite fit for purpose.
I downloaded the 'light' edition, live iso. When booting up the live iso, user = 'root', and password = 'toor'.

Not the fastest distro available, by any measure.
Very little in the way of software packages, but that is easily sorted using the terminal and apt.

Like I said, not for everyday use, and definitely not for newbies.


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