Official Kali Linux Docker Images
Kali provides official Kali Docker images that are updated once a week on Docker Hub. You can thus easily build your own Kali containers on top of those that we provide. We offer various images to try and suit your needs, all with a different variation of Kali Linux as they use unique branches for the source.
Please note, all the images below do not come with the “default” metapackage. You will need to
apt update && apt -y install kali-linux-headless.
Here’s a quick review of the various images available (for more detailed information, see our branch page). First those that you might reasonably want to use:
- kalilinux/kali-rolling is the main image that you should likely use, tracking the continuously-updated
kali-rollingpackage repository, just like the default images.
- kalilinux/kali is built from the
kali-last-snapshotrepository, it is tracking the last versioned release (e.g. 2019.4, 2020.1, etc.) and will not get any update until the next release.
And those that you will likely not need except in very special cases:
- kalilinux/kali-bleeding-edge is exactly like
kalilinux/kali-rollingwith the ‘kali-bleeding-edge" repository enabled.
- kalilinux/kali-dev is an image tracking the “kali-dev” repository used by Kali developers to merge updates coming from Debian and changes maintained by Kali Linux. It can be useful to rebuild (or do test rebuild of) Kali packages.
- kalilinux/kali-experimental is exactly like
kali-experimentalrepository enabled. Might be useful to test some not-yet-ready updates uploaded to “kali-experimental” by Kali developers who are looking for feedback.
Please note, kalilinux/kali-linux-docker is the former official image, it’s no longer updated. Don’t use it.
Updated on: 2021-Oct-23