BeagleBone Black

The BeagleBone Black is a low-cost, community-supported ARM-based development platform aimed at developers and hobbyists. The BeagleBone Black runs a 1GHz Cortex-A8 CPU and includes hardware-based floating point and 3D acceleration; while much lower-powered than a desktop or laptop system, its affordability makes it an excellent option for a tiny Linux system.

The BeagleBone Black provides a microSD card slot for mass storage and if that device is bootable, will use it in preference to the board’s “burned-in” Angstrom or Debian operating system.

By default, the Kali Linux BeagleBone Black image contains the kali-linux-default metapackage similar to most other platforms. If you wish to install extra tools please refer to our metapackages page.

Kali on BeagleBone Black - User Instructions

If you’re unfamiliar with the details of downloading and validating a Kali Linux image, or for using that image to create a bootable device, it’s strongly recommended that you refer to the more detailed procedures described in the specific articles on those subjects.

To install a pre-built image of the standard build of Kali Linux on your BeagleBone Black, follow these instructions:

  1. Get a fast microSD card with at least 16GB capacity. Class 10 cards are highly recommended.
  2. Download and validate the Kali BeagleBone Black image from the downloads area. The process for validating an image is described in more detail on Downloading Kali Linux.
  3. Use the dd utility to image this file to your microSD card (same process as making a Kali USB.

In our example, we assume the storage device is located at /dev/sdb. Do not simply copy these value, change this to the correct drive path.

This process will wipe out your microSD card. If you choose the wrong storage device, you may wipe out your computers hard disk.

$ xzcat kali-linux-2021.3-bbb.img.xz | sudo dd of=/dev/sdb bs=4M status=progress

This process can take a while, depending on your PC, your microSD card’s speed, and the size of the Kali Linux image.

Once the dd operation is complete, insert the microSD card into the BeagleBone Black and power it on.

You should be able to log in to Kali.

Kali on BeagleBone Black - Image Customization

If you want to customize the Kali BeagleBone Black image, including changes to the packages being installed, changing the desktop environment, increasing or decreasing the image file size or generally being adventurous, check out the Kali-ARM Build-Scripts repository on GitLab, and follow the file’s instructions. The script to use is

Updated on: 2021-Oct-27
Author: steev