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Parrot


Last Update: 2024-06-05 22:41 UTC


Parrot (formerly Parrot Security OS) is a Debian-based, security-oriented distribution featuring a collection of utilities designed for penetration testing, computer forensics, reverse engineering, hacking, privacy, anonymity and cryptography. The product, developed by Frozenbox, comes with MATE as the default desktop environment.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 49 (190), 6 months: 41 (218), 3 months: 46 (222), 4 weeks: 54 (172), 1 week: 50 (201)

Average visitor rating: 8.2/10 from 45 review(s).


Parrot Summary
Distribution Parrot (formerly Parrot Security OS)
Home Page https://parrotsec.org/
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User Forums https://community.parrotsec.org/
Alternative User Forums https://parrotsec.org/docs/community.html
Documentation https://parrotsec.org/docs
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2024-06-05: Distribution Release: Parrot 6.1
 • 2024-01-24: Distribution Release: Parrot 6.0
 • 2023-02-15: Distribution Release: Parrot 5.2
 • 2022-03-27: Distribution Release: Parrot 5.0
 • 2021-03-29: Distribution Release: Parrot 4.11
 • 2020-08-17: Distribution Release: Parrot 4.10
 • 2020-04-30: Distribution Release: Parrot 4.9
 • 2020-03-23: Distribution Release: Parrot 4.8
 • 2019-09-20: Distribution Release: Parrot 4.7
 • 2019-04-27: Distribution Release: Parrot 4.6
 • 2019-01-22: Distribution Release: Parrot 4.5
 • 2018-11-04: Distribution Release: Parrot 4.3
 • More Parrot releases...

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Feature 6.1 5.3 4.11.1 4.7 3.11 3.7 3.0.1 2.2.1 Feature
Release Date 2024-06-05 2023-05-03 2021-04-14 2019-09-19 2018-01-28 2017-07-11 2016-06-18 2016-05-16 Release Date
End Of Life                 End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 2200-5000 2400-4900 1600-4000 1800-4200 1500-3700 1400-3800     Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation                 Installation
Default Desktop MATE MATE KDE Plasma, MATE KDE Plasma, MATE MATE MATE MATE MATE Default Desktop
Package Management DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB Package Management
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice, LibreOffice GOffice Office Suite
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 Processor Architecture
Init Software systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd SysV SysV Init Software
Journaled File Systems ext3, ext4 ext3, ext4 ext3, ext4 ext3, ext4 ext3, ext4 ext3, ext4 ext3, ext4 ext3, ext4 Journaled File Systems
Multilingual en en en en en en en en Multilingual
Asian Language Support                 Asian Language Support
Full Package List 6.1 5.3 4.11.1 4.7 3.11 3.7 3.0.1 2.2.1 Full Package List
Package 6.1 5.3 4.11.1 4.7 3.11 3.7 3.0.1 2.2.1 Package
abiword (3.0.5) -- -- -- -- 3.0.2 3.0.2 3.0.1 3.0.0 abiword (3.0.5)
alsa-lib (1.2.12) 1.2.8 1.2.4 1.2.4 1.1.8 1.1.3 1.1.3 1.1.1 1.0.28 alsa-lib (1.2.12)
amdgpu (23.0.0) 23.0.0 19.1.0 19.1.0 19.0.1 -- -- -- -- amdgpu (23.0.0)
bash (5.2.21) 5.2.15 5.1 5.1 5.0 4.4 4.4 4.3 4.3 bash (5.2.21)
bind (9.20.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.20.0)
chromium (127.0.6533.72) 125.0.6422.141 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (127.0.6533.72)
cups (2.4.10) 2.4.2 2.3.3 2.3.3 2.3.0 2.2.6 2.2.3 2.1.3 1.7.5 cups (2.4.10)
dhcp (4.4.3-P1) 4.4.3-P1 4.4.1 4.4.1 4.4.1 4.3.5 4.3.5 4.3.4 4.3.1 dhcp (4.4.3-P1)
e2fsprogs (1.47.1) 1.47.0 1.46.6 1.46.2 1.45.3 1.43.8 1.43.4 1.43.1 1.42.12 e2fsprogs (1.47.1)
firefox (128.0.2) 115.11.0 102.10.0 87.0 69.0 58.0 54.0 45.2.0 38.6.1 firefox (128.0.2)
freetype (2.13.2) 2.12.1 2.10.4 2.10.4 2.9.1 2.8.1 2.8 2.6.3 2.5.2 freetype (2.13.2)
gcc (14.1.0) 12.2.0 10.2.1 10.2.1 9.2.1 7.2.0 6.3.0 5.3.1 4.9.2 gcc (14.1.0)
gimp (2.10.38) 2.10.34 2.10.22 2.10.22 2.10.8 -- -- 2.8.16 -- gimp (2.10.38)
glibc (2.40) 2.36 2.31 2.31 2.28 2.26 2.24 2.22 2.19 glibc (2.40)
gnome-shell (46.3.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (46.3.1)
gnucash (5.8) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (5.8)
gnumeric (1.12.57) -- -- -- -- 1.12.35 1.12.32 1.12.29 1.12.18 gnumeric (1.12.57)
grub (2.12) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.02beta2 grub (2.12)
gtk (4.14.4) 4.8.3 3.24.24 3.24.24 3.24.11 3.22.26 3.22.16 3.20.6 3.14.5 gtk (4.14.4)
httpd (2.4.62) 2.4.59 2.4.56 2.4.46 2.4.41 2.4.29 2.4.25 2.4.20 2.4.10 httpd (2.4.62)
inkscape (1.3.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (1.3.2)
k3b (24.05.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- k3b (24.05.2)
kmod (32) 30 28 28 26 25 24 22 18 kmod (32)
krita (5.2.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- krita (5.2.3)
LibreOffice (24.2.5) 24.2.3 7.4.5 7.0.4 6.3.0 5.4.3 5.2.7 5.1.4rc1 -- LibreOffice (24.2.5)
linux (6.10) 6.5.13 6.1.15 5.10.28 5.2.9 4.14.13 4.11.6 4.5.3 4.3.3 linux (6.10)
Package 6.1 5.3 4.11.1 4.7 3.11 3.7 3.0.1 2.2.1 Package
lxpanel (0.10.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- lxpanel (0.10.1)
mariadb (11.4.2) 10.11.6 -- -- 10.3.17 10.1.26 10.1.22 -- -- mariadb (11.4.2)
mate-desktop (1.28.2) 1.26.0 1.24.1 1.24.1 1.22.1 1.18.0 1.16.2 1.14.1 1.8.1 mate-desktop (1.28.2)
mesa (24.1.4) 22.3.6 20.3.5 20.3.4 19.1.4 17.3.3 13.0.6 11.2.2 10.3.2 mesa (24.1.4)
mysql (9.0.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- 5.6.30 -- mysql (9.0.1)
nautilus (46.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- 3.20.1 -- nautilus (46.2)
NVIDIA (555.58) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (555.58)
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (22) 17.0.11 17.0.6 11.0.11 11.0.4 8u151 8u131 8u91 7u95 openjdk (22)
openssh (9.8p1) 9.2p1 8.4p1 8.4p1 8.0p1 7.6p1 7.5p1 7.2p2 6.7p1 openssh (9.8p1)
openssl (3.3.1) 3.0.13 1.1.1n 1.1.1k 1.1.1c 1.1.0g 1.0.2l 1.0.2h 1.0.1k openssl (3.3.1)
perl (5.40.0) 5.36.0 5.32.1 5.32.1 5.28.1 5.26.1 5.24.1 5.22.2 5.20.2 perl (5.40.0)
php (8.3.9) 8.2.18 7.4.33 7.4.15 7.3.8 7.0.27 7.0.20 5.6.22 5.6.14 php (8.3.9)
plasma-desktop (6.1.3) -- -- 5.20.5 5.14.5.1 -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (6.1.3)
postfix (3.9.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- 3.1.0 -- postfix (3.9.0)
postgresql (16.3) 15.7 13.10 13.2 11.5 10.1 9.6.3 9.5.3 9.4.6 postgresql (16.3)
Python (3.12.4) 3.11.2 3.9.2 3.9.2 3.7.4 2.7.14 2.7.13 2.7.11 2.7.9 Python (3.12.4)
qt (6.7.2) 6.4.2 5.15.2 5.15.2 5.11.3 5.9.2 5.7.1 5.5.1 4.8.6 qt (6.7.2)
samba (4.20.2) 4.19.6 4.17.7 4.13.5 4.9.11 4.7.4 4.6.5 4.4.3 4.1.17 samba (4.20.2)
systemd (256.3) 254.5 252.5 247.3 242 236 233 230 215 systemd (256.3)
thunderbird (128.0) -- -- -- 60.8.0 -- -- 45.1.0 -- thunderbird (128.0)
vim (9.1) 9.0 8.2 8.2 8.1 8.0 8.0 7.4 7.4 vim (9.1)
vlc (3.0.21) 3.0.20 3.0.18 3.0.12 3.0.8 3.0.0rc6 2.2.6 2.2.4 2.2.0rc2 vlc (3.0.21)
wayland (1.23.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- wayland (1.23.0)
xfdesktop (4.18.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.18.1)
xorg-server (21.1.13) 21.1.7 1.20.11 1.20.10 1.20.4 1.19.5 1.19.3 1.18.3 1.17.2 xorg-server (21.1.13)

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Version: 6.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2024-06-08
Votes: 21


this is the best linux distribution i have ever used. it is fast and its default settings are amazing. i don't care if it was designed as a pentest distro, i think i found my perfect daily operating system.

The 6.1 release changed a lot of things and put the project back on track, so i highly encourage to give it a try. Their virtual machine appliances are very handy, the iso file is a very handy carry-around toolkit that i think every hacker, sysadmin, network engineer or even programmer should have with them


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Version: 6.0
Rating: 4
Date: 2024-05-28
Votes: 0


Absolute disaster with KDE,... Cannot even log in with Wayland, as it continuously returns to the login screen and can only log in with X11.

Cannot even use Brave, which wouldn't start, just crashes.

The support forums are dominated by a few arrogant users, whose response to most of the questions or issues is to mock or just simply "if you don't know/understand this you shouldn't use it".

KDE updater cannot fetch the list of apps.

Since version 6 Opensnitch doesn't work properly.

Give it a wide berth.


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Version: 6.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2024-04-08
Votes: 1


Finally, Perrot has become stable and much cooler.
Perrot has been an operating system that I have gone back to time and time again.
The reason for this was that Perrot gave me an operating system that was safe to mess around with. Yes! I mess around a lot with computers and they have crashed a few times. The anonymous has teased many times, but now it seems to be working. Thanks for a good operating system that you can enjoy exploring.
Also runs win 11, but thought that Linux is safer to use, especially when going online and downloading new files.


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