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LIGHTDARK

Bare Metal

  • Direct access to hardware
  • Customized Kali kernel
  • No overhead

Single or multiple boot Kali, giving you complete control over the hardware access (perfect for in-built Wi-Fi and GPU), enabling the best performance.

Virtual Machines

  • Snapshots functionary
  • Isolated environment
  • Customized Kali kernel
  • Limited direct access to hardware
  • Higher system requirements

VMware & VirtualBox pre-built images. Allowing for a Kali install without altering the host OS with additional features such as snapshots. Vagrant images for quick spin-up also available.

ARM

  • Range of hardware from the leave-behind devices end to high-end modern servers
  • System architecture limits certain packages
  • Not always customized kernel

Works on relatively inexpensive & low powered Single Board Computers (SBCs) as well as modern ARM based laptops, which combine high speed with long battery life.

Mobile

  • Kali layered on Android
  • Kali in your pocket, on the go
  • Mobile interface (compact view)

A mobile penetration testing platform for Android devices, based on Kali Linux. Kali NetHunter consists of an NetHunter App, App Store, Kali Container, and KeX.

Cloud

  • Fast deployment
  • Can leverage provider's resources
  • Provider may become costly
  • Not always customized kernel

Hosting providers which have Kali Linux pre-installed, ready to go, without worrying about infrastructure maintenance.

Containers

  • Low overhead to access Kali toolset
  • Userland actions only
  • Not Kali customized kernel
  • No direct access to hardware

Using Docker or LXD, allows for extremely quick and easy access to Kali's tool set without the overhead of an isolated virtual machine.

Live Boot

  • Un-altered host system
  • Direct access to hardware
  • Customized Kali kernel
  • Performance decrease when heavy I/O

Quick and easy access to a full Kali install. Your Kali, always with you, without altering the host OS, plus allows you to benefit from hardware access.

WSL

  • Access to the Kali toolset through the WSL framework
  • Userland actions only
  • Not Kali customized kernel
  • No direct access to hardware

Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is included out of the box with modern Windows. Use Kali (and Win-KeX) without installing additional software.


Build Scripts

Bare Metal VMs ARM Mobile Cloud Containers Live Boot WSL

Bare Metal

Kali is a rolling Linux distribution, meaning as soon as we have an update, we ship it. Would-be users have a variety of images to choose from. For more information, please see Which Image Should I Download? and Kali Branches. For most users, we recommend the latest “point release” image below, except in cases when a user requires a specific bug patch, in which case the weekly build may be best.

We generate fresh Kali Linux image files every quarter. These become the official "point" releases. These images are tested and subsequently announced with a blog post.

Installation Documentation

Our previous Kali Linux's releases.


SHA256sum

7039b2241c1f13c283944f404006712a4da7103cb375fe1d641774877f87d0be

Weekly

Untested images with the latest updates

SHA256sum

8fb1ff6f459be375d24d3f20a46ed98f060e5a9aee9ae4e6ea39f2ce5094bde2

Everything

Includes every tool possible

SHA256sum

d7444e8afb74b9b3c8c8be9f15fb64eddc0414960d9e2691c465740d58573eff

NetInstaller

All packages are downloaded during installation

SHA256sum

dcf26c882e328452be2338dce3f0867340007a2f6cb02acf6d7ad18b9c6ff734

Weekly

Untested images with the latest updates

SHA256sum

b27dea587e75d134074c6bb0699f36246e0bb6e0ba0751231fb085b9d03fd847

NetInstaller

All packages are downloaded during installation

SHA256sum

b4011c93ccf1a5bbb976da18dcd1c81cdf5bfe310e8dd6953573a8341d01461b

Weekly

Untested images with the latest updates

SHA256sum

d4b89f0d18130fada259c248c34cf754627d590418df1222e07d91c6532bc73c

NetInstaller

All packages are downloaded during installation



Q.) What’s the differences between: Installer? NetInstaller? Everything? Weekly? Live?
Q.) How to download Kali Linux images securely?
Q.) Can I still download the mini image?


Want an Updated or Custom Kali Image?

Feeling a little more adventurous? Want to build the latest version of Kali? Want to customize your ISO by adding more tools or change the default settings? Looking for something other than Xfce, GNOME or KDE like Enlightenment, i3mw, LXDE or MATE? Then this is the option for you.

Read More On Custom Images

Virtual Machines

Kali Linux VMware & VirtualBox images are available for users who prefer, or whose specific needs require a virtual machine installation.

These images have the default credentials "kali/kali".

Virtual Machines Documentation

SHA256sum

71c04f94831ad227f893533f604974f5de2b29be9b3b8deb54fe93949dbe7a8a

VMware

SHA256sum

649d35f610205828a08c86d862dc6e660dced6553e55f62acf59d57643c5031f

VirtualBox

SHA256sum

b0920d019bdfaabdbe80a8ad3254590be7df55c252060447d27789bc2c6caf28

VMware

SHA256sum

5355d50c736ce2734a83b0372c09fa18e31d53d0b11ae463d433006d57c17c1d

VirtualBox




Vagrant

Vagrant is a tool for building and managing virtual machine environments. With a single configuration file, you can download a base “box” and apply additional configurations like adding an additional network interface, setting the number of CPU cores and memory, or running a script on first boot.

Kali-Vagrant Boxes

ARM

Are you looking for Kali Linux ARM images? We have generated flavours of Kali using the same build infrastructure as the official Kali releases for ARM architecture.

These images have a default credentials of "kali/kali".


Kali-ARM Documentation

Raspberry Pi 2, 3, 4 and 400

SHA256sum

84fd1af2ff8e8dfeee75e37691daee284920c48b03e6cdbb4d04784f1810d151

Raspberry Pi 2 (v1.2), 3, 4 and 400 (64-Bit)

Raspberry Pi 1 (Original)

SHA256sum

e525e13404f725b506eb9cd64977b310a0b69490aa0966ef6fa7f810babdcb35

Raspberry Pi 1 (Original)

Raspberry Pi Zero

SHA256sum

89290b2c1c8560c605ea797b582ddc56d21a88c9eae70df88b86444d52333467

Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W

SHA256sum

c8e94ab58e6137e3fb91c73de2f33c49919f38623981be372367c4fcc027bbaf

Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W ('Pi-Tail' Edition)

SHA256sum

53589f97232b9b7da0cef2487b7f829539d8a5d1d947e3dcaec18d74ccee8929

Raspberry Pi Zero/Zero W

SHA256sum

4aebfdda6ae11b42417dedb9996bede1faf485349a9cd29f1899d555ab286b54

Raspberry Pi Zero/Zero W ('Pi-Tail' Edition)

Pine64

SHA256sum

030a77858fdb18008a2bbfb2b59b774ee3242f097369a64c2d3a94b488755c6e

Pinebook

SHA256sum

79156843875f9761a1a55054da2207a9eae86b32af566f158483eb5ac1253873

Pinebook Pro

Inverse Path

SHA256sum

890a8f4b159ce5ede3b17a42ae70112114119c8674c3a89623c93a27e118eead

USB armory MkII

Gateworks

SHA256sum

68d17041c1f563d8ce03739ddf0c40a3352bd858937fcb401679b0a2b9a22c6e

Gateworks Ventana

SHA256sum

e9650c6780509c413eedfe807974af4a09c131b8bfc675d43d6793d74c346a54

Gateworks Newport



I.) SHA256SUMS are for the compressed file (*.img.xz)

Mobile

The Kali NetHunter project is the first Open-source Android penetration testing platform for Android devices, allowing for access to the Kali toolset from various supported Android devices. There are multiple unique features not possible on other hardware platforms.

The Kali NetHunter interface allows you to easily work with complex configuration files through a local web interface. This feature, together with a custom kernel that supports 802.11 wireless injection and preconfigured connect back VPN services, make the Kali NetHunter a formidable network security tool or discrete drop box - with Kali Linux at the tip of your fingers wherever you are!

Statistics

Want to see Kali NetHunter progress? Look at the stats page, to see if your device is supported yet.

Kali NetHunter provides:

    • A dedicated NetHunter App, providing a touch screen optimized GUI for common attack categories, such as:
    • One-click MANA Evil Access Point setups.
    • USB HID Keyboard attacks, much like the Teensy device is able to do.
    • BadUSB MITM attacks. Plug in your Kali NetHunter to a victim PC, and have your traffic relayed though it.
    • Bluetooth attacks.

  • Full Kali Linux toolset, with many tools available via a simple menu system.
  • Command line interface to the Kali Linux container.
  • Kali desktop EXperience (KeX)
  • Custom, device specific kernel with wireless injection support.
  • HDMI output of Kali desktop to external display for supported devices.
  • USB Y-cable with the Kali NetHunter kernel - use your OTG cable while still charging your device!
  • Software Defined Radio support (SDR). Use Kali NetHunter with your HackRF to explore the wireless radio space.
  • NetHunter app store allowing you to grow the potential of Kali NetHunter.

Kali NetHunter Documentation

NetHunter Lite

SHA256sum

c74cbceb1e6cd07f339623bb16dadb0286e6b9c5072d03d0b5d984e7b1f4312f

NetHunter Lite ARM64 (Full)

SHA256sum

c15277ad788484f6b2fb3118f2aee7a5c53693bb7e5a027afc88f2f187fe0491

NetHunter Lite ARM64 (Nano)

SHA256sum

88012c042dff6c1f3822c8a9afcf0a5f6d19f6f3c1feac134e1943607476f4e6

NetHunter Lite ARMhf (Full)

SHA256sum

1ad1f8a2820ab3d82265e4fbac51c9ca6c914e1c3ab55d224e52dffc5a5dbf0a

NetHunter Lite ARMhf (Nano)

ZTE

SHA256sum

2eca83674a2d2b9fbe7063e14887ded31b29dd1df114236d77248db0add0c4e4

ZTE Axon 7 (Marshmallow)

Nexus

SHA256sum

5c9d7d045d5e03b72ce8afb1cfd2ce2b17fb5e7b8c1fbc7decf40e74e7c81b54

Nexus 6P (Oreo)

SHA256sum

45c4fffda3f920db2c8538262390a98e7660be87d74ccc96d262905e86eea164

Nexus 6P (LineageOS 17.1)

SHA256sum

5d9e6304acef856938644cac9d007d1198192aef189f76ffd4ab343ef79b38b5

Nexus 5X (Oreo)

SHA256sum

7ec60b0166f88c6fba2fbe7804f81fb4441913a335a39464f7a22c9c9a657f4d

Nexus 7 [2013] (Marshmallow)

SHA256sum

f134337bc35808a3210a2ca8c8181ce02adcea47783feb0bb2652e66e7960266

Nexus 7 [2013] (LineageOS 13.0)

SHA256sum

f77501090399085d30405de8109620c4918aa039e41840f07cb2536a19619580

Nexus 9 (Nougat)

SHA256sum

cf506d1883ee5d7fabde82612f6d7252ddaf31c759c9b7aa6b864b860dc481f8

Nexus 5 (Marshmallow)

SHA256sum

309a50d88926614219473fc2d0b975aed4c4ecebd6606656c2bc2b39c35882a9

Nexus 5 (Nougat)

SHA256sum

a63a7f6947c9af783313d2aa788742e1ced9729c5b5311352bbf86890fd35d73

Nexus 10 (Lollipop)

SHA256sum

11b6db3a74357ad53fd8dc1895b5c79c763d63b0dbd01ef8a92e4b8ab9a46884

Nexus 6 (Nougat)

SHA256sum

7320440c899705fc5836add49ff893d8663068405769cf003e50c624f21b7cad

Nexus 6 (LineageOS 16.0)

Xiaomi

SHA256sum

727440cfbd30e28bfb80ecb7beba8eebff9817138581bd93868390bbce1afeab

Xiaomi Pocophone F1 (Eleven)

SHA256sum

ca5de7258fbe7d2a64f865b198300902aba0960daa3e82694b9833586ee3846e

Xiaomi Mi 9T MIUI 11 (Ten)

SHA256sum

9068b43a8b923c6bd58fd9ed8e806e07880540c2d54b624174ca990a03361717

Xiaomi Mi A3 (LineageOS 18.1)

Nokia

SHA256sum

09c5457c6e54ad37673106d5ec17a1849fb4753fb8b10be591110557a723c698

Nokia 3.1 (Pie)

SHA256sum

5a9d24e2266f9876f6daffeea0570ffe5f5a503636f11e4964bd7454f6adf885

Nokia 6.1 Plus (LineageOS 18.1)

SHA256sum

a0a47678a7c18b3fa19ab46a6f06f3ae5a4b764b11a223983abbdf8d9401d815

Nokia 6.1 (LineageOS 18.1)

Gemini

SHA256sum

3a40aa6dd64c4b2eb1ad18476b1ddf9f9853a935c3feb46d4edc2b2ee2a34903

Gemini PDA (Nougat)

Samsung

SHA256sum

9e835f864f8964d3fd6159954ac0e89832b380a018e8d116930a14444d3bb84f

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 LTE (Oreo)

SHA256sum

cf3c19166d69f7802dab9358964eeb617f7e6d5b7afc1ea194b0ae86eab38061

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 WiFi (Oreo)

SHA256sum

790f59fbb0430e9fcee3e05d92055ae560a089ce40d11cc2ac3a3e69798c3603

Samsung Galaxy S6 (Nougat)

LG

SHA256sum

2d2d194fa58cb2f2b2013660cad90b6840a640bffb349365a2ba61ad97b77b12

LG V20 International (Nougat)

Sony

SHA256sum

8129ca50aebef21fe828f385ce7fe0d80858e984fb8c620005c581fd85e7f5bc

Sony Xperia Z1 (Marshmallow)

SHA256sum

7f6f82c7d0304850c53146dd5b7bf7030b95be73b394e8c4fdd2c421ed7bc655

Sony Xperia Z1 (Pie)

OnePlus

SHA256sum

f3d8fda4605f62561a1f80f3fcfef3fed79e7b91fcf46a434c4695f0d9271e14

OnePlus One (LineageOS 18.1)

SHA256sum

79a43c0b1f54ae365cf41949bd6b6990fcf998a49f990165c7c199b700d2dc95

OnePlus 2 (LineageOS 14.1)

SHA256sum

c5869f97d860de102bf7d63487bb2629c5b3207fa3ff5f88eb117bae6c80ef70

OnePlus 2 (LineageOS 16.0)

SHA256sum

d9869ff9f241a119fef2c06feab3545944725c9f91fb4854913d98a80cdfc84a

OnePlus 3 / 3T (Pie)

SHA256sum

ccba0cca55f50cfdde5721c16fb066f2ab823d082617eb6c2cc93e53f1dfbdc7

OnePlus 3 / 3T (Ten)

SHA256sum

0c132b50364e8ecb19ccfafeb1bbd6d06889e72331ddc5a7d1ee3d6472ff267c

OnePlus 6 / 6T (Ten)

SHA256sum

0593f0dbdaf4eb7f2495c0f992e7011682ed0502f574a2cf614251ef4b09751d

OnePlus 6 / 6T (Eleven)

SHA256sum

b49250a74b8697b116abacd8b3a7ba930b7d4402631ad3e42334243c868b67fe

OnePlus 7 / 7 Pro / 7T / 7T Pro (Ten)

SHA256sum

7b8591ab1ad38014ba697deaf65546fb57abe0a42b5aba22cfde89dd181d5290

OnePlus 7 / 7 Pro / 7T / 7T Pro (Eleven)

SHA256sum

6ed78eae89d63f13c48580d7d0e93a120ad0b47bb3ee1f2fce07d15cab06be28

OnePlus Nord (Eleven)

TicWatch

SHA256sum

ac7b588bd5088cb2a287cf0a98380145fb817fb4e01e5407d172c14977293a38

TicWatch Pro / Pro 4G/LTE / Pro 2020 (Wear OS)

Cloud

Kali Cloud images can quickly be deployed in multiple different cloud provider’s infrastructures. This allows easy access to a Kali install in a modern environment with strong hardware resources. These are often used for short term Kali installs that are quick to deploy and quick to tear down.


Kali-Cloud Documentation

Containers

Using Container technology such as Docker and LXC/LXD, our Kali containers allow you access to the Kali toolset on your host operating system without the overhead of running an additional full operating system. This does come with limitations, as you won’t have direct hardware access and dealing with inbound connections to tools running in the Kali container can be complicated.


Kali-Containers Documentation

Live Boot

A Kali Linux Live image on a CD/DVD/USB/PXE can allow you to have access to a full bare metal Kali install without needing to alter an already-installed operating system. This allows for quick easy access to the Kali toolset with all the advantages of a bare metal install. There are some drawbacks, as disk operations may slow due to the utilized storage media.

For most users, we recommend the latest “point release” image below, except in cases when a user requires a specific bug patch, in which case the weekly build may be best.


Kali-USB Documentation

SHA256sum

c8dfe7a1412cd03db3b803b2c72b9a43670ff6601a41920f6205a0a91df2f273

Everything

Includes every tool possible

SHA256sum

da22dbfa41ddf92c4a71f9f1ec736b17603e22b1956eb00878dd7dcd3c98ff70

Weekly Image

Untested images with the latest updates

SHA256sum

39aeedf291ba9f53c611379e98cb89ab3ca09744f23c94bb820dd594de32734e

Weekly Image

Untested images with the latest updates

SHA256sum

3c919e2abd552215460c5cb16827436260c0ad34f03b7263c8c4e7cdaf23f29d

Weekly Image

Untested images with the latest updates

WSL

Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is a software package on modern Windows installs that allow you to run Linux alongside your Windows system in an optimized container. The Kali WSL package allows easy access to the Kali toolset. This comes with the same drawbacks of a standard VM, but allows for less overhead and tighter integration with your Windows systems.

WSL Documentation

Microsoft Store

Build Scripts

Experienced penetration testers and security professionals use and trust Kali Linux because we provide full transparency into the build scripts. Feel free to read, investigate, and change build scripts for any images below.


Build Scripts Repository