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Kali Linux

Last Update: 2018-05-03 02:26 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: 15 (550), 6 months: 15 (586), 3 months: 17 (555), 4 weeks: 13 (572), 1 week: 20 (463)

Average visitor rating: 9/10 from 16 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/LinuxTracker.org
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:
 • 2018-04-30: 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
 • 2014-05-27: Distribution Release: Kali Linux 1.0.7
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 •2017-01-19 Kali Linux introduces KLCP professional certification
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Feature 2018.2 2017.3 2016.2 2.0 1.1.0 5-R3 4-R2 3 2 1.0 200605 150405 081004 Feature
Release Date 2018-04-30 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 2018.2 2017.3 2016.2 2.0 1.1.0                 Full Package List
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Version: 2018.2
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-05-12
Votes: 0

Been using Kali now for a few weeks, and it's been great!

I actually don't use it at all for pen-testing, I wanted a rolling distro so that I don't have to upgrade the OS, and I have previously used (k)Ubuntu, Mint and Elementary so was inclined to stay in the Debian family. Thus Kali as an OS which is a curated Debian testing

I rate the OS as a 10, but, to be honest, I've read through the forums, and there's a certain attitude there which makes me take 1 off for the overall rating

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Version: 2018.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-03-12
Votes: 11

I got into Kali Linux through the Kali Nethunter ROM for Nexus 7. It does pretty well with XFCE and all of the Pentesting tools. Dual-Booted with WIN 10 on an ACER ASPIRE E15. It runs great on the laptop with a large amount of storage. Used 500gb for Kali and 500gb for windows. For those who are choosing between LiveBoot/DualBoot/VM, Choose Dual-Boot. It is the most solid option for it. Also, for those with supported devices, you can try Kali Nethunter. Good for mobile testing and VNC connections to your Kali Computer. Other than that, Pretty solid OS. Not recommended as Primary OS so keep windows or Ubuntu or whatever your primary is.
Word of advice when installing, be careful about what you do. Dont get arrested

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Version: 2018.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-03-03
Votes: 2

I'm new to pen-testing and security so I installed Kali Linux Light 64bit instead of the full-fat version. It's awesome because it uses the Xfce desktop which flies on my laptop (Gnome is a bit sluggish and resource heavy). Also, it only has a handful of tools included by default which I prefer; I can learn a couple at a time and then add more as needed.

Kali Light really doesn't come with much to start with; some people might register that as a con. I couldn't be happier with it. I now have what I consider to be a custom pen-test distro (it only has the tools I use); it's official Kali, based on Debian testing, rolling-release, aptitude package manager, Xfce... Hats off to the development team. It's the best Linux I've come across.

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