Kali Linux 2.0 was released on 11th August 2015 and comes with more than 600 preinstalled penetration/security tools.

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

Tools are categorized as following:-

  • 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 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 as highlighted below.

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Its more than 3 GB so based on the Internet speed, it may take 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

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

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  • 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

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

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  • 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.

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

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  • Click on “Hard Disk (IDE)

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  • I will increase to 15 GB and click on Apply

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  • Click on Play button to begin the installation

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

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  • Select the language and click on Continue

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  • Select the location then continue

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  • Configure the keyboard to be used and click on continue

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  • 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

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

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  • Enter the Hostname and continue

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  • Enter the root password and click on Continue

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

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  • 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Woha! It’s 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.