NanoPi NEO Plus2

The NanoPi NEO Plus2 has an Allwinner H5, Quad Core Cortex™-A53 (ARMv8 64-bit) processor with Triple Core Mali-450 MP4 GPU and 1GB DDR3 RAM. The NanoPi NEO Plus2 has an 8GB eMMC, which is too small for a default Kali installation, so we run from an external microSD card.

By default, the Kali Linux NanoPi NEO Plus2 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 NanoPi NEO Plus2 microSD card - 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 NanoPi NEO Plus2, 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 NanoPi NEO Plus2 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-nanopineoplus2.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, boot up the NanoPi NEO Plus2 with the microSD card plugged in.

You should be able to log in to Kali.

Kali on the NanoPi NEO Plus2 - Tips

The NanoPi NEO Plus2 will attempt to boot from the microSD card first if one is plugged in.

The wireless chipset is an Ampak AP6210, which is a rebranded Cypress (formerly Broadcom) Wireless card, so enterprising users may be able to get nexmon working, if the work was put in.

If you want to change boot arguments/the kernel command line, you will need to edit the /boot/boot.cmd file, and then run mkimage -C none -A arm -T script -d /boot/boot.cmd /boot/boot.scr.

Kali on NanoPi NEO Plus2 - Image Customization

If you want to customize the Kali NanoPi NEO Plus2 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-23
Author: steev