Using Kali Linux

Kali Linux - SeniorDBA

Kali Linux is an open-source Debian-based Linux distribution designed to help ethical hackers and security professionals with a wide range of tools for penetration testing, forensics, hacking and reverse engineering together into a single package. Kali Linux was originally released in March 2013 as a complete rebuild of BackTrack Linux.

Kali Linux - SeniorDBA


  • More than 600 penetration testing tools included
  • Free: Kali Linux is completely free of charge.
  • Open source Git tree: All of the source code which goes into Kali Linux is available for anyone who wants to tweak or rebuild packages to suit their specific needs.
  • FHS compliant: Kali adheres to the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard, allowing Linux users to easily locate binaries, support files, libraries, etc.
  • Wide-ranging wireless device support: Compatible with a wide variety of hardware, making it compatible with numerous USB and other wireless devices.
  • Custom kernel, patched for injection: Kernel has the latest injection patches included.
  • Developed in a secure environment: The Kali Linux team is made up of a small group of individuals who are the only ones trusted to commit packages and interact with the repositories, all of which is done using multiple secure protocols.
  • GPG signed packages and repositories: Every package in Kali Linux is signed by each individual developer who built and committed it, and the repositories subsequently sign the packages as well.
  • Multi-language support: Although penetration tools tend to be written in English, Kali includes true multilingual support.
  • Completely customizable: Easy for users to customize Kali Linux, all the way down to the kernel.
  • ARMEL and ARMHF support: Since ARM-based single-board systems like the Raspberry Pi are becoming more prevalent and inexpensive, Kali’s ARM support includes fully working installations for both ARMEL and ARMHF systems.



To download Kali Linux visit the Kali Linux website, and choose the download appropriate for your environment. You can download the virtual machine if you want o run Kali in a virtual environment.

Image Name Direct Torrent Size Version
Kali Linux 64 bit ISO Torrent 2.9G 2016.2
Kali Linux 32 bit ISO Torrent 2.9G 2016.2
Kali Linux 64 bit Light ISO Torrent 1.1G 2016.2
Kali Linux 32 bit Light ISO Torrent 1.1G 2016.2
Kali Linux 64 bit e17 ISO Torrent 2.7G 2016.2
Kali Linux 64 bit Mate ISO Torrent 2.8G 2016.2
Kali Linux 64 bit Xfce ISO Torrent 2.7G 2016.2
Kali Linux 64 bit LXDE ISO Torrent 2.7G 2016.2
Kali Linux armhf Image Torrent 0.7G 2016.2
Kali Linux armel Image Torrent 0.7G 2016.2

Once Kali downloaded, installed, and running you will see a screen with several options available. Leave the topmost section highlighted, hit enter, you should go straight to the GUI desktop. At some point you will likely need the default credentials:

  • Username: root
  • Password: toor (root spelled backwards)

You should really change both of these. You should never leave default vendor credentials for any system. Don’t forget that Linux is case sensitive, so take care when changing these values.


There are a lot of tools available for your use, but there may be a slight leaning curve before you can get them fully functional. This site will provide some basic information that can help you get started.


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