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Kali Linux

Last Update: 2018-10-30 05:16 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: 16 (528), 6 months: 16 (458), 3 months: 15 (500), 4 weeks: 16 (571), 1 week: 24 (520)

Average visitor rating: 8.38/10 from 21 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
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:
 • 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
 • 2014-07-22: Distribution Release: Kali Linux 1.0.8
 • More Kali releases...

 •2018-09-05 How to customize Kali
 •2017-01-19 Kali Linux introduces KLCP professional certification
 • More Kali headlines...

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  • Notes: In case where multiple versions of a package are shipped with a distribution, only the default version appears in the table. For indication about the GNOME version, please check the "nautilus" and "gnome-shell" packages. The Apache web server is listed as "httpd" and the Linux kernel is listed as "linux". The KDE desktop is represented by the "plasma-desktop" package and the Xfce desktop by the "xfdesktop" package.
  • 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 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 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$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 800-2900 800-2800                       Image Size (MB)
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical -- -- -- -- -- -- Installation
Default Desktop 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 TGZ TGZ TGZ DEB DEB DEB Package Management
Release Model 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 i386, x86_64 i386 i486 i486 i486 i486 i486 i486 Processor Architecture
Init Software 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 ext3 ext3 ext3 ext3 ext3 ext3 Journaled File Systems
Multilingual                           Multilingual
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List 2018.4 2017.3 2016.2 2.0 1.1.0                 Full Package List
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Version: 2018.3
Rating: 3
Date: 2018-09-23
Votes: 3

the distribution lacks many useful desktop applications that a pentester may use to write a report. communicate securely with its team or just store the pentest results in a secure environment

log in as root by default? seriously?

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Version: 2018.3
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-09-04
Votes: 4

Running on a Raspberry Pi 3 B+. I had to install the re4son kernel to be able to put the wireless device on monitor mode. Despite the kali image having 'nexmon' in its name, it didn't have it by default.

That's it. So thanks to Offensive Security and 're4son', now I have a tiny hacking machine.

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Version: 2018.2
Rating: 6
Date: 2018-07-21
Votes: 4

Grub does not install properly after 2 tries on different drives but using MX-17 linux grub repair I could fix that. Sources.list was not populated with any sources and after putting the 2 regular repository sources from the online documentation, they produced IP not found errors and were not accepted so you are forced to use the rolling repositories but at least they work and you can install Synaptic and go from there.

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