Kali Linux Metapackages

What are metapackages

Metapackages are used to install many packages at one time, created as a list of dependencies on other packages. Kali Linux uses these in a few ways. One way is allowing users to decide how many packages out of the total Kali list they would like to install. Need just enough to use Linux? Want enough to conduct Pentests? Perhaps nearly every package available in Kali?


kali-linux-core: Base Kali Linux System – core items that are always included kali-linux-default: “Default” desktop (AMD64/i386) images include these tools kali-linux-light: Kali-Light images use this to be generated kali-linux-arm: All tools suitable for ARM devices kali-linux-nethunter: Tools used as part of Kali NetHunter

Desktop environments/Window managers

kali-desktop-core: Any key tools required for a GUI image kali-desktop-e17: Enlightenment (WM) kali-desktop-gnome: GNOME (DE) kali-desktop-i3: i3 (WM) kali-desktop-kde: KDE (DE) kali-desktop-lxde: LXDE (WM) kali-desktop-mate: MATE (DE) kali-desktop-xfce: XFCE (WM


kali-tools-gpu: Tools which benefit from having access to GPU hardware kali-tools-hardware: Hardware hacking tools kali-tools-crypto-stego: Tools based around Cryptography & Steganography kali-tools-fuzzing: For fuzzing protocols kali-tools-802-11: 802.11 (Commonly known as “Wi-Fi”) kali-tools-bluetooth: For targeting Bluetooth devices kali-tools-rfid: Radio-Frequency IDentification tools kali-tools-sdr: Software-Defined Radio tools kali-tools-voip: Voice over IP tools kali-tools-windows-resources: Any resources which can be executed on a Windows hosts

kali-tools-information-gathering: Used for Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) & information gathering kali-tools-vulnerability: Vulnerability assessments tools kali-tools-web: Designed doing web applications attacks kali-tools-database: Based around any database attacks kali-tools-passwords: Helpful for password cracking attacks – Online & offline kali-tools-wireless: All tools based around Wireless protocols – 802.11, Bluetooth, RFID & SDR kali-tools-reverse-engineering: For reverse engineering binaries kali-tools-exploitation: Commonly used for doing exploitation kali-tools-social-engineering: Aimed for doing social engineering techniques kali-tools-sniffing-spoofing: Any tools meant for sniffing & spoofing kali-tools-post-exploitation: Techniques for post exploitation stage kali-tools-forensics: Forensic tools – Live & Offline kali-tools-reporting: Reporting tools


kali-linux-large: Our previous default tools for AMD64/i386 images kali-linux-everything: Every metapackage and tool listed here kali-tools-top10: The most commonly used tools kali-desktop-live: Used during a live session when booted from the image