How To Install Kali Linux On VMware

Updated on: 18 Jan 2021

Kali Linux is a free Debian-derived Linux based operating system. Kali Linux is designed for the purpose of network security that helps in digital forensics and penetration testing. 

Vmware virtual machine is a virtualization software package used to run a different operating system virtually within an existing operating system without any disruption. Vmware is available in two versions – Free and Commercial (Paid).

Let’s understand how to install Kali Linux on VMware.

How to Install Kali Linux On VMWare

Step #1. Download Kali Linux

You would need to download kali Linux from the official website of Kali Linux by going here. You can download a 32-bit or 64-bit kali Linux depending upon the capability of your computer. 

Download 64-bit kali Linux only if you are sure that your computer is 64-bit otherwise go for 32-bit which will work on both.

You can use Torrent to download the Kali Linux from the official site.

If you don’t have a torrent client you can always use normal download but the torrent download is faster in downloading.  (Make sure you download the latest version of the Kali Linux).



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Step #3. Creating A Virtual Machine

Double click on the file you have downloaded to launch VMWare setup.

After you launch the VMware Workstation pro you will find the following screen.   Where you will get options for creating a new virtual machine or open an existing one.  Select the “Create a New Virtual Machine” option to create a virtual machine. 

On the final screen of the Virtual machine setup wizard, you will see an overview of the setting you have picked.

You will also get the option to “Customize Hardware” to make any changes to your virtual machine.

After confirming the selection you can click “Finish”

Now you can access your newly installed Kali Linux on VMware.

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Final Words 

Kali Linux is mainly used for securing the Networks and testing penetration. Using kali on Vmware can help you understand its functionality before using on an actual machine. 

There could be some difference in different versions of VMware. You can install Kali Linux in the free version of VMware following similar steps as mention above.