ObjectiveDownload and run a Kali Linux VirtualBox image.
DistributionsThis will work on any distribution running VirtualBox.
RequirementsA working Linux install with VirtualBox or root access to install VirtualBox
- # - requires given linux command to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of
- $ - given linux command to be executed as a regular non-privileged user
IntroductionVirtualBox is an extremely popular option for spinning up virtual machines through a graphical interface with minimal hassle. While you can install Kali Linux from scratch with VirtualBox, there's a much easier solution. Offensive Security, the developers behind Kali, provide official VirtualBox images that are ready to go immediately.
Get The ImageOpen up your browser, and navigate to the Kali Linux download page. The images on this page are officially supported by Offensive Security. They're pre-setup for VirtualBox. So, you can actually just import and run a working VirtualBox appliance.
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Import The Image
VirtualBox will read the data in the file and provide you with some vital stats for the Kali install. When you're ready, click on the button. VirtualBox will get to work importing and setting up your Kali image. It'll show you a progress bar as it does so.
Closing ThoughtsBecause Offensive Security provides ready-made
.ovaimages, getting set up with Kali on VirtualBox is dead simple. Once you start using your virtual machine up, you can keep and maintain it as you would any normal Linux installation.