Table of Contents
NetHunter Rootless Edition
Maximum flexibility with no commitment
Install Kali NetHunter on any stock, unrooted Android device without voiding the warranty.
Android Device (Stock unmodified device, no root or custom recovery required)
Install the NetHunter-Store app from store.nethunter.com
From the NetHunter Store, install Termux, NetHunter-KeX client, and Hacker’s keyboard Note: The button “install” may not change to “installed” in the store client after installation - just ignore it. Starting termux for the first time may seem stuck while displaying “installing” on some devices - just hit enter.
Open Termux and type:
kali@kali:~$ termux-setup-storage kali@kali:~$ pkg install wget kali@kali:~$ wget -O install-nethunter-termux https://offs.ec/2MceZWr kali@kali:~$ chmod +x install-nethunter-termux kali@kali:~$ ./install-nethunter-termux
Open Termux and type one of the following:
|start Kali NetHunter command line interface|
|configure the KeX password (only needed before 1st use)|
|start Kali NetHunter Desktop Experience user sessions|
|stop Kali NetHunter Desktop Experience|
|start Kali NetHunter cli as root|
|configure the KeX password for root|
|start Kali NetHunter Desktop Experience as root|
|stop Kali NetHunter Desktop Experience root sessions|
|Kill all KeX sessions|
Note: The command
nethunter can be abbreviated to
Tip: If you run kex in the background (
&) without having set a password, bring it back to the foreground first when prompted to enter the password, i.e. via
fg <job id> - you can later send it to the background again via
Ctrl + z and
bg <job id>
To use KeX, start the KeX client, enter your password and click connect Tip: For a better viewing experience, enter a custom resolution under “Advanced Settings” in the KeX Client
Please refer to this table for a comparison of the different NetHunter editions.
sudo apt update && sudo apt full-upgrade -yfirst thing after installation to update Kali. If you have plenty of storage space available you might want to run
sudo apt install -y kali-linux-defaultas well.
- All of the penetration testing tools should work but some might have restrictions, e.g. metasploit works but doesn’t have database support. If you discover any tools that don’t work, please post it in our forums.
- Some utilities like “top” won’t run on unrooted phones.
- Non-root users still have root access in the chroot. That’s a proot thing. Just be aware of that.
- Galaxy phone’s may prevent non-root users from using sudo. Just use “su -c” instead.
- Perform regular backups of your rootfs by stopping all nethunter sessions and typing the following in a termux session:
tar -cJf kali-arm64.tar.xz kali-arm64 && mv kali-arm64.tar.xz storage/downloadsThat will put the backup in your Android download folder. Note: on older devices, change “arm64” to “armhf”
- Please join us in our forums to exchange tips and ideas and be part of a community that strives to make NetHunter even better.
Updated on: 2023-May-13