Are you a beginner in Kali Linux? And don’t know how to install Kali Linux on Vrituabbox / hard drive.
Don’t worry at all, you are the right place. Today I am going to share with you “How to install Kali Linux on VirtualBox“. Kali Linux VirtualBox is the best to setup home lab and practice as more as you can in Ethical hacking.
Before going to start installation you must know “how create a virtual machine for Kali Linux in Windows 10”? I am using windows 10 as a host machine. and I will install Kali Linux on VirtualBox as guest machine. if not go further information at Virtual Machine for Kali Linux
Kali Linux is the most used operating system worldwide for Penetration Testing and Hacking. Kali Linux is an OS like another Linux operating system. You can become an expert in using Kali Linux if you know Kali Linux commands properly
You can test it in live mode through DVD/Pendrive if you don’t want to install it on your computer. Yes, you can create a Kali Linux live DVD/ Pendrive for testing purpose.
If you want to use Kali Linux through Pendrive forever, Then you must create Kali Linux live persistence USB / Pendrive / Flash drive.
Kali Linux lives USB is good for you if you are using it for penetration testing only and having good command over it. because you can’t use it for testing, learning and practicing purpose.
You must create a virtual lab for learning and practicing purpose. if you are a new user of Kali Linux and want to explore it then you must install Kali Linux on Virtualbox / VMware.
So today, I am going to share a quick and simple way to install kali Linux on virtual box, In this tutorial, you will learn how to install kali Linux on the virtual box with different methods.
Install Virtual Box on Windows 10
Virtualbox is used to create a virtual machine inside the core operating system.
When you install Virtualbox a virtualization layer has been created, you can install multiple operating systems on this virtualization layer and use on the same time without any problem.
Step 1: Download Virtual box
Virtual box is available free to download and use. It is available for Windows, Linux, MAC and Solaris hosts
Step 2: Install Oracle VM VirtualBox on Windows 10
I think you are not a spoon-feeding person, So I am not going to explain each and every step for installing it
You can install it by double click on the downloaded executable file, and follow the steps prompted due to the installation process.
One-Click install Kali Linux on Virtual Box
Offensive Security has generated and uploaded latest and updated several Kali Linux VMware and VirtualBox images on its official page. They are not providing any type of technical support for contributed kali Linux images.
Step 1: Download Kali Linux VirtualBox Image
You are using VirtualBox for virtualization so download VirtualBox image from given link below.
Note: Don’t Download Kali Linux VMware images if you are not using VMware.
I am happy to share with you “one click install Kali Linux on Virtualbox”. Kali Linux new version 2017.1 has been released with new features. If you have older version installed, you can update in newer version How to update and upgrade Kali Linux to 2019.1 if you are not using before, you can install it on virtual box and start exploring it.
- Installed Virtualbox
- Kali Linux Virtualbox Image. https://www.offensive-security.com/kali-linux-vmware-virtualbox-image-download/
Now we are one click away to install Kali Linux on Virtualbox, after downloading the VirtualBox image double click on Kali Linux 2019.1 -x-x.ova file. Virtualbox will be open with a new window called appliance settings.
Click on Import, and virtual machine settings will be imported. don’t go for coffee it will not take a long time.
So Kali Linux is ready to use on VirtualBox.
But on the other hand, if you have downloaded ISO image then move to the next step and install it.
Install Kali Linux on Virtualbox as core installation
Kali Linux Virtual Machine Requirements:
Before starting to install you need to a little bit setting in your virtual machine first.
Step 1 Insert Virtual Installation CD/DVD of Kali Linux:
1. Go in settings of Kali Linux Virtual Machine.
2. Go in Storage > Controller: IDE > Select Empty
3. Click on the CD icon in the right side of CD/DVD drive: >choose a Virtual CD/DVD disk file >Click on it, a new window will be popup.
4. Give the path of Kali Linux DVD image After adding virtual DVD in your Virtual Machine, It will ready to boot with Kali Linux live DVD.
Step 2: Start your Virtual Machine and boot with DVD by clicking on start option available in the top menu of Virtual box. After it, you will be on the first screen of virtual machine boot with DVD.
Step 3: Now here you have many choices for selection so select install or Graphical install (both are some only difference of graphic interface) my recommendation is select Graphical install. After pressing Enter installation will be started.
Step 4: Select your Language and Click Continue. Don’t select the language what you are speaking or native language.
Here language selection means ” In which language you want to use Kali Linux”
Step 5: Select your Country And click Continue.
Step 6: Select Keyboard type, By default, it is American English. Choose your respective keyboard type and click on Continue after it will take a little bit time to install some components in your system.
Step 7: This screen asks you to provide hostname (which will show in a network. It means your computer name . you can put any name whatever you like, you can leave it to default Kali.
If you don’t want to change it, leave it to default hostname of Kali Linux.
You can consult with your network administrator to put hostname.
Step 8: Domain name is the part of the internet address, you can provide the domain name if you are working in an organization which has a domain name.
If you don’t know about domain name then leave it blank. It will not raise a single problem.
Step 9: Setup a root user password, which will be required at the time of login on Kali Linux system. You can set whatever you like.
At the time of setting up password keep in mind about strong password policy. Set a strong password and then click on continue.
Step 10: Setup your time Zone (which time zone belongs to you)
Step 11: Most important part of the installation is to setup partition if you are a new user and going to install Kali Linux in Virtual machine so Select the first option “Guided: Use entire disk”:
Note: if you are going to make you system duel boot don’t select entire disk option by this your complete hard disk will be used by the Kali Linux system & you will lose your all data so be careful.
Step 12: your hard disk will show here select and Click on Continue.
Step 13: Select all files in one partition & Continue because this tutorial for new user and you are.
Step 14: Select Finish partition and write changes to disk & Continue.
Step 15: Select Yes and Continue. Your installation will be started and it will take a little bit time wait
Step 16: setting up a network mirror Select No. We will configure the network mirror later. and leave the proxy setting blank.
Step 17: In this step, you will be asked to install the GRUB boot loader on the hard disk. Select yes and Continue.
If you don’t install GRUB boot loader then your system will not boot. So select hard disk drive /dev/sda for installing the GRUB boot loader.
Step 18: Finish installation and Continue.
Going to finish installation and system will restart with Kali Linux Operating System.
Test Kali Linux on Virtualbox
By now, you have installed Kali Linux on VirtualBox successfully. When your installation process will be completed, click on continue. or reboot the system.
Your system will reboot and you will see the screen.
Please enter the username “root” and hit enter. Next window will be open, you will have to enter the password which you have set at the time of the installation process.
Click on Settings > About
By now you have learned how to install kali Linux on Virtualbox, Here is the next step how to install guest addition on Kali Linux.
So you can use proper Kali Linux in full mode in Virtualbox
Module 2:- LAB SETUP
- You must know Kali Linux requirements before installing on System
- How to install Kali Linux on VirtualBox – Full guide step by step
- How to install VirtualBox guest additions in Kali Linux 2.0
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