The Mini-X is a dual core 1GHz, with 1GB of RAM. Kali Linux fits on an external microSD card.
By default, the Kali Linux Mini-X image does not contains the kali-linux-default metapackage which is often found in Kali platforms. If you wish to install extra tools please refer to our metapackages page.
The build script for the Mini-X has not been converted to the new style, so builds may fail. If you are planning to build for this board, please consider updating the script to the new way, and submitting it as a merge request.
Kali on Mini-X - Build-Script Instructions
Kali does not provide pre-built images for download, but you can still generate one by cloning the Kali-ARM Build-Scripts repository on GitLab, and follow the README.md file’s instructions. The script to use is
Once the build script finishes running, you will have an “img” file in the directory where you ran the script from. At that point, the instructions are the same as if you had downloaded a pre-built image.
The easiest way to generate these images is from within a pre-existing Kali Linux environment.
Kali on Mini-X - User Instructions
To install Kali on your Mini-X, follow these instructions:
- Get a fast microSD card with at least 16GB capacity. Class 10 cards are highly recommended.
- 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/sdX. 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-2023.3-mini-x-armhf.img.xz | sudo dd of=/dev/sdX bs=4M status=progres
This process can take a while, depending on your PC, your microSD card speed, and the size of the Kali Linux image.
Once the dd operation is complete, boot up the Mini-X with the microSD card plugged in.
You should be able to log in to Kali.
Updated on: 2023-Nov-17