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How to Update Kali Linux to 2018.4 [Guide Step by Step]

module 3 Basic of Kali


update and upgrade to kali linux 2018.2

Kali Linux has been released new version 2018.4, So Know how to update Kali Linux right now if you are kali linux lover and upgrade for using some extra tools, I will tell you about updated tools at the end of this post. If you don’t have Kali Linux then get it Now!

Download Kali Linux: https://www.kali.org/downloads/

Install On Virtualbox: How to install kali linux on virtualbox – Full guide step by step

How to Update Kali Linux

Hey, Do you want to know about how to update kali linux in new version 2018.4 then first check Kali Linux version and then update Kali Linux. New version of Kali Linux has been released It is Kali Linux 2018.4.  The newer version fixes bugs and the latest kernel, latest tools, and sometimes adds new tools. In the update, advanced package tool (APT)  fetched headers data of available tools on the repository and saved into a local drive.

How to check Kali Linux version:

Hey, guys, I am going to tell you how to check your latest version.

#lsb_release -a

check Kali Linux version

but in some lsb_release -a command is not working,  So it is not a big issue, because there is another methods and commands to check Kali Linux version

Here its

cat /etc/os-release 


Check Kali Linux version

I have an older version of Kali Linux 2018.2, running on my system and the newer version has been released. And I always eager to learn new things and getting a new experience. So I am going to update and upgrade Kali Linux 2018.4

Single command  apt update && apt -y full-upgrade for update Kali Linux.

after running this command, the following message will be displayed, Press “y” and hit enter.

update kali linux

Ah! don’t worry, you have another way to do the same thing, Some people don’t like to be smart and want to see what exactly going on.

So go Ahead …

Update Kali Linux

It can be performed by the following command

# apt-get update


$ sudo apt-get update  (This command is only for sudo user)


In Upgrade, apt install a newer version of tools and removed the older version. It upgrades only tools.

Upgrade kali linux

# apt-get upgrade

$ sudo apt-get upgrade

Upgrade Kali Linux

you will get a newer version of Operating System to use the following command

# apt-get dist-upgrade

# sudo apt-get dist-upgrade 

Upgrade kali linux Operating System

Do you like this post? if you have any query relate Update and upgrade Kali Linux please comment below. if you have any question, let me know in the comment box.


MODULE 3:- Basics of Kali Linux

  1. Install Kali Linux on Hard drive with Full disk Encryption
  2. How to create Kali Linux bootable USB live in windows 10
  3. 20 basics about how to use Kali Linux
  4. 6 steps to change Kali Linux IP address (Easy)
  5. How to Add Kali Linux repository – With pictures
  6. How to update and upgrade Kali Linux to 2017.1
  7. apt-get package handling utility in Kali Linux
  8. How to use Linux debian package manager “dpkg”
  9. How to use Kali Linux SSH Server and client
  10. Start Restart Apache2 Web Server In Kali Linux

Vijay Kumar

Ethical Hacking & Penetration Testing Trainer, For more detail view My Profile

34 thoughts on “How to Update Kali Linux to 2018.4 [Guide Step by Step]

  1. i have installed and updated/upgraded kali 2016.2 64 bit on 16 gig usb drive with persistance.

    now i want to install this to my pc.
    does the fully updated version will be installed on PC or should i have to update/upgrade again ?

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  3. When I tried to upgrade my OS I got this error message:
    E: Could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock – open (11: Resource temporarily unavailable)
    E: Unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/), is another process using it?

    can you please help me with this?

      1. Don’t I need the destination? This is I got after applying mv /var/lib/dpkg/lock

        mv: missing destination file operand after ‘mv /var/lib/dpkg/lock’

  4. When I tried to run this update command “apt-get update”
    It just shows”reading package lists…. Done ” and nothing else .every time same thing nothing gets updated same with upgrade
    0 installed 0 ugraded

  5. Hello Sir ,
    Will you completely guide me in learning kali linux because i got this things after months of searching on internet i learned-installing,using in vmware,virtual box,usb persistence and updating the os and the tools now the next for me is learning the the codes and commands and using the tools , I know for you it may not be even a single step but for me doing this is a achievement .
    Hope you guide me to become who i want to an Ethican Hacker and penetration tester.
    Thankyou —–you can connect me through gmail my id is——amoghverma2000@gmail.com

  6. okay so i have an issue, when i try to update and it asks me press y or n to continue so I put y then it says y is not found, so I type in the word yes and the terminal spam’s thousands of y’s into the terminal. I think kali is broken, I cant even use the app store or create a user. What can I do to fix this?

  7. Hello I’m running kali linux on virtual box and when I type #apt-get update and #apt-get upgrade It won’t install do you know why this happens?

  8. Hi Vijay, i like to say thanks for an excellent article .. Awesome stuff.
    I have a relative simple query if you couldnt help answer this.
    In the terminal after runnning this command: uname -r
    the result is 4.12.0-kali1-amd64.
    if i run an update it would go to 4.13.0-kali1.amd64
    i would like to try and update it to 4.12.0-kali2-amd64 rather than 4.13.0-kali1-amd64.

    I would really appreciate any kind of help.

    Thank you once again.


  9. Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    Calculating upgrade… Done
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.

    No luck
    Plz help me …

  10. i am getting the error called “there are problems and -y was used without –force yes”. how do i fix this and what does this even mean?

  11. hey, I upgrade my kali linux system into 2018.4 from 2018.3
    , but i want back my 2018.3 . so, how can i do this….
    please help!

    Thank you!

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