Raspberry Pi 5
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The Raspberry Pi 5 has a quad core 2.4GHz processor, with 4GB or 8GB of RAM, depending on model. Kali Linux runs on a microSD card.
The Raspberry Pi 5 support is still in its infancy as we are developing the image without access to the hardware.
The Raspberry Pi 5 image does not yet include Nexmon support for the internal Wi-Fi card. If you plan to do wireless testing, you will need to use a USB Wi-Fi adapter.
Kali on Raspberry Pi 5 - 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 Raspberry Pi 5, follow these instructions:
- Get a fast microSD card with at least 16GB capacity. Class 10 cards are highly recommended.
- Download and validate our preferred
Kali Raspberry Pi 5image from the downloads area. The process for validating an image is described in more detail on Downloading Kali Linux.
- 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-2023.4-raspberry-pi-arm64.img.xz | sudo dd of=/dev/sdb bs=4M status=progress
This process can take a while, depending on your PC, your microSD’s speed, and the size of the Kali Linux image.
Once the dd operation is complete, boot up the Raspberry Pi 5 with the microSD plugged in.
You should be able to log in to Kali.
Kali on Raspberry Pi 5 - Tips and Tricks
To build external modules against the kernel, most instructions will state that you need to install header packages. This is not the case on the Raspberryi Pi 5 image, they are already included and are not a part of a package.
In order to make the headers usable however, you do need to run the following commands.
kali@kali:~$ cd /usr/src/kernel kali@kali:/usr/src/kernel/$ sudo git clean -fdx && sudo make bcm2711_defconfig && sudo make modules_prepare
To build external modules that are from the Kali package repository, as an example realtek-rtl88xxau-dkms you need to tell it to install without also installing recommended packages.
kali@kali:~$ sudo apt install --no-install-recommends realtek-rtl88xxau-dkms
Kali on Raspberry Pi 5 Headless - Tips and Tricks
You can add a
wpa_supplicant.conf file to the first partition of the microSD card to connect to a wireless network.
You can create this file on another Linux system by running
wpa_passphrase YOURNETWORK > wpa_supplicant.conf. It will prompt you for the wireless network’s password. You can add the password to the command as you run it, but keep in mind that if you do, your wifi network password will be in your user’s shell history.
Kali on Raspberry Pi 5 - Image Customization
If you want to customize the Kali Raspberry Pi 5 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 README.md file’s instructions. The script to use is
Updated on: 2023-Dec-04