The objective of this guide is to show the default username and password for Kali Linux. The guide will be applicable for persistent installations, as well as the live CD image and Kali virtual machine downloads in VirtualBox or VMware.

In this tutorial you will learn:
  • Default username and password for Kali
  • How to execute Linux commands with administrative root privileges
  • How to change to root shell
  • How to change user and root passwords
Default user and password for Kali Linux
Default user and password for Kali Linux
Software Requirements and Linux Command Line Conventions
Category Requirements, Conventions or Software Version Used
System Kali Linux
Software N/A
Other Privileged access to your Linux system as root or via the sudo command.
Conventions # - requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command
$ - requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user

Default Username and Password

The default username and password for Kali Linux is kali. The root password is also kali.

This isn't applicable for a persistent installation of Kali, since you are asked during installation to specify a username and password. Rather, the default username and passwords only apply to the live CD image, and the VirtualBox or VMware installation of Kali.

Access root Shell on Kali

To execute a command as root on Kali, you'll need to preface the command with sudo.

$ sudo mycommand

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Alternatively, you can become the root user by using the following command.

$ sudo -i

You can always use the whoami command to verify which account you are logged into.

# whoami
root

To change the password of either your normal account or root user, use the passwd command.

$ passwd
OR
$ sudo passwd 

Conclusion

In this guide, we learned the default username and password for the normal and root accounts on Kali Linux. We also saw how to elevate to root user and change the password for accounts on the system.

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