How to Install Kali Linux, step by step guide.


Kali Linux is a Debian based operating system, arguably one of the finest pentesting and security auditors reliable OS loaded with hundreds of renowned security related tools.

Installation Requirements

  • Minimum 20 GB of free space in your hard drive is recommended.
  • Minimum 1 GB of ram, recommended: 2 GB or more in Hard Disk install or dual boot installation but if you are opting for installing it with virtualization in your current OS (Virtual Box) then at least 4 GB of ram is recommended.
  • CD-DVD Drive / USB Support

 Getting Started with Installation

or you can opt for virtualization in your current OS with virtual-box (select Linux Type Debian -> VDI hard disk type dynamically allocated & load the Kali ISO that you have downloaded.

Installation Procedure


STEP 1 : Boot with your chosen medium or load the Kali ISO. Below shown screen must appear, choose the graphical install (recommended for new users)

STEP 2 : Select your preferred language.

STEP 3 : Select your geographical location

STEP 4 : Select the preferred keyboard

Then loader will automatically install the additional components from CD, then it will configure your network related settings.

STEP 5 : Let kali be your hostname & hit continue

STEP 6 : You may optionally provide a default domain name for this system to use or you can keep it blank and can hit on conitnue

STEP 7 : Set a password for your Kali Machine & hit continue

Step 8 : The installer will now offer you four choices about the partitions of the disk. 
In our case, we are using the entire disk on our computer and not configuring LVM (logical volume manager). Experienced users can use the “Manual” 
partitioning method for more granular configuration options.


Step 9 : Select the partitioning disk, recommended option is all files in one partition for new users & then hit on continue.

Step 10 : Select finish partitioning and write changes to disk then hit continue 
-> Select Yes to write changes to the disk and click on continue

Let it install the system automatically, this may take a while…

Step 11 : Configure network mirrors. Kali uses a central repository to distribute applications, select Yes on mirror network & hit on continue.
--> keep HTTP proxy information blank on next screen and hit continue.

NOTE : If you select “No” on this screen then you will not be able to install packages from kali repositories. Click here to manually install Kali repositories if you have selected “No” by mistake or if there is any error while installation. Let the installation get completed and then you can manually install kali repositories by the instructions given on this link :

Let it configure the package manager related files then…

Step 12 : Install the grub boot loader manually so select Yes & hit on continue

Step 13 : Select the hard-disk to install which means select 2nd option where the hard disk path is given as we are not going to enter a device manually 
& then hit on continue

Step 14 : Finally, click on continue to finish the installation, it will install some final stage files and after it is completely done, 
your security related weapons loaded Kali is ready to roll!

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