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The NanoPi2 is a quad core 1.9GHz, with 1GB of RAM. Kali Linux fits on an external micro SD card.

Kali on NanoPi2 - User Instructions

If all you want to do is install Kali on your NanoPi2, follow these instructions:

  1. Get a nice fast 8 GB micro SD card or eMMC.
  2. Download the Kali NanoPi2 image from our downloads area.
  3. Use the dd utility to image this file to your microSD card. In our example, we use a microSD which is located at /dev/sdb. Change this as needed.

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

$ xzcat kali-linux-$version-nanopi2.img.xz | dd of=/dev/sdb bs=4M

This process can take awhile depending on your device speed and image size. Once the dd operation is complete, boot up the NanoPi2 with the microSD plugged in. Log in to Kali, that’s it, you’re done!

Kali on NanoPi2 - Developer Instructions

If you are a developer and want to tinker with the Kali NanoPi2 image, including changing the kernel configuration and generally being adventurous, check out the kali-arm-build-scripts repository on GitHub, and follow the file’s instructions. The script to use is

Updated on: 2021-Feb-07
Author: steev