About Kali Linux

About the Kali Linux Distribution

Kali Linux is an open source project that is maintained and funded by Offensive Security, a provider of world-class information security training and penetration testing services. In addition to Kali Linux, Offensive Security also maintains the Exploit Database and the free online course, Metasploit Unleashed.

Kali Linux Core Developers


Ben Wilson (g0tmi1k) is a senior developer who has worked on most areas inside of Kali. He also is an Offensive Security live instructor, maintains Exploit Database and the founder of VulnHub.


Carsten Boeving (Re4son) looks after our NetHunter platform and coordinates its vibrant community. He also maintains our NetHunter App Store


Jim O’Gorman (elwood) is the Chief Content and Strategy officer for Offensive Security and leads the Kali team. He has helped write a couple of books, teaches Offensive Security courses, and does a lot of meetings.

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Joe O’Gorman (Gamb1t) does the QA work for the releases and various other items, packaging for Kali, and other duties.


Raphaël Hertzog (buxy) is an experienced Debian developer and consultant, author of the well known Debian Administrator’s Handbook. He’s the packaging wizard in our team and manages our continuously growing development infrastructure.


Steev Klimaszewski (steev) does our ARM development for Kali Linux. He has been working with and on arm devices since 2009 and is also a co-lead of the Gentoo ARM team.


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Devon Kearns (dookie) is an Offensive Security instructor, the administrator of the Exploit Database, co-creator of the Metasploit Unleashed project, exploitation fanatic, and co-author of Metasploit: The Penetration Tester’s Guide.

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Mati Aharoni (muts) is the founder of Offensive Security. With over 10 years of experience as a professional penetration tester, Mati has uncovered several major security flaws and is actively involved in the offensive security arena.

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Attila Kálmán (yesimxev) is a security and mobile phone enthusiast, one of our NetHunter developers who is continuously improving the project for many years. He appreciates his neighbor’s months of loud music, which lead him on the path of Kali.


Christian Bremvåg (kimocoder) is a security researcher and developer and part of the NetHunter team. Also a WiFi guru affiliated with the aircrack-ng project.


Paul (paulwebsec) is a security enthusiast, who’s been contributing to couple of projects including NetHunter and got mostly involved on automation and scripting to ease developer’s lifes.

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Alexandria Velez (Al3x) is a technical project manager, with over 20 years of IT experience, began working for Offensive Security and the Kali Linux team since early 2019


Daniel Ruiz de Alegría (DяA) is a computer geek passionate about anything related to technology, from software to hardware. He loves programming but also designing, all great projects deserve an awesome design, even the most simple ones. His role in Kali Linux, is to ensure everything looks stunning.

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Jean-Christophre Lariviere (woodbine) does the Vagrant versions of Kali, and helps out with various infrastructure related items.

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Sophie Brun (sophie) is an engineer and has been working in computer science since 2014. She creates Debian packages for the latest penetration testing software and ensures that the growing list of tools are kept up-to-date.

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You can get involved by going to our contribute page