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  • Kali Linux comes with more than 600 preinstalled penetration/security tools.

    Having these preinstalled makes Kali Linux a true penetration testing platform for the security engineer.

    Tools are categorized as follows:-

    • Information Gathering
    • Sniffing & Spoofing
    • Vulnerability Analysis
    • Exploitation Tools
    • Password Attacks
    • Wireless Attacks
    • Forensic Tools
    • Maintaining Access
    • Hardware Hacking
    • Web Applications
    • Stress Testing
    • Reverse Engineering
    • Reporting Tools

    To see a complete list of tools – click here

    In this article, I will explain how to install Kali Linux on VMWare Fusion.

    Installation Requirements

    • Disk Space – Minimum 10 GB
    • Architecture – i386 or adm64
    • RAM – Minimum 512 MB

    Download Kali Linux ISO File

    Download the necessary ISO file from official download page. For this demo, I have installed it as highlighted below.

    download-kali-linux

    Its more than 3 GB so based on the Internet speed, it may take a few minutes.

    Installing Kali Linux

    This assumes you have download kali-linux-2.0-amd64.iso and ready to install.

    • Open VMWare Fusion on your PC (I am using MAC in this demo)
    • Click on Add icon and New

    vmware-fusion-add-new

    • Select installation method as “Install from disk or image” and click on Continue

    vmware-installation-method

    • Click on “Use another disc or disc image” and locate the downloaded iso file. It will appear in the list as shown below, click on Continue

    vmware-new-virtual-machine

    • Select Other >> Other 64-bit and click on Continue

    save-vmware-image

    • Here you will notice, I have hard disk capacity is 8 GB but the minimum requirement to install 10 GB so I will go to customize Settings and increase the hard disk space.

    vmware-finish

    • Click on Customize Settings
    • Enter the name and save it

    save-vmware-image

    • Click on “Hard Disk (IDE)

    vmware-hard-disk

    • I will increase to 15 GB and click on Apply

    vmware-increase-hdd-space

    • Click on the Play button to begin the installation

    vmware-play-button

    • You will be greeted with the following screen when I will select “Graphical Install” and press enter to proceed with installation

    kali-begin-graphical-install

    • Select the language and click on Continue

    kali-select-language

    • Select the location then continue

    kali-select-location

    • Configure the keyboard to be used and click on continue

    kali-select-keyboard

    • Select the ethernet to be used. As I am using VMWare on MAC, I will be sharing with MAC ethernet so selected “no ethernet card” and click on Continue

    kali-no-ethernet-card

    • You will get a notification that “No network interface detected” but that’s fine. Click on continue

    kali-network-no-detected

    • Enter the Hostname and continue

    kali-configure-hostname

    • Enter the root password and click on Continue

    kali-root-password

    • Select “Guided- user entire disk” and click on Continue

    kali-partition-disk

    • You will get partition disk information that will data will be erased but that’s ok because there is nothing at the moment. Click on continue

    kali-partition-disk-default

    • Select the partition as “all files in one partition (recommended for new users) and continue

    kali-select-partition

    • Confirmation before installation start writing changes to disk, click on continue

    kali-finish-partitioning

    • Select “Yes” on final confirmation and click on continue

    kali-partitian-change-disk

    • It will take a few minutes to install the Kali Linux and during installation, you may see a following progress bar

    installing-the-kali-system

    • It will prompt you to configure the package manager but I will proceed with no to keep the installation procedure simple.

    kali-package-manager

    • Select Yes to install the GRUB boot loader on hard disk and continue

    kali-install-grub

    • Select the disk to make it bootable and click on Continue

    kali-select-grub

    • And finally, you will have “Installation Complete” message. Click on continue

    kali-installation-complete

    • It will take few seconds will boot the Kali Linux and give you a login screen as below.

    kali-login-screen

    • Enter the password, which you configured during installation and you will see the first screen as shown below.

    kali-screen-after-login

    Woah! It’s a bit long, isn’t it? Well, worth it!

    So this was the installation guide, and I hope it helps you in installing Kali Linux on VMWare and all of you to explore. If you are a beginner, I would recommend taking this Kali Linux tutorial.