Creating A Virtual Machine for Kali

  • Introduction

Kali Linux is a Debian-derived Linux distribution designed for digital forensics and penetration testing. Kali Linux is preinstalled with over 600 penetration-testing programs, including Armitage,  Wireshark, Ripper ,  Aircrack-ng Burp suite and OWASP ZAP. Kali Linux can run natively when installed on a computer’s hard disk, can be booted from a live CD or live USB, or it can run within a virtual machine.

  •      Methodology

Kali Linux is distributed in 32- and 64-bit images for use on hosts based on the x86 instruction set and as an image for the ARM architecture for use on the BeagleBoard computer and on Samsung’s ARM Chromebook. The developers of Kali Linux aim to make Kali Linux available mainly for ARM devices.

  • Creating the Virtual Machine for Kali

Installing kali linux ( backtrack 6 ) is not much harder as it was in down 1,2,3 versions of backtrack. We use a virtual machine because it gives you a safe environment to play and explore without damaging your physical hard drive, or any data loss what you should know before continue

  •  Step 1

Click on create new virtual machine


  • Step 2

Select the typical mode


  • Step 3

    Select the IOS from the machine


  • Step 4

Select Guest Operating System


  • Step 5

Set name and location


  • Step 6

Set disk space ( 30 GB is good enough, minimum 12 GB to work smoother)


  • Step 7

Set the memory and the network adapter.(memory as 2BB and network as Bridge)


  • Step 8

Review the hardware configuration and start the virtual machine


  • Step 9

Configuring network



  • Step 10

Select Graphical Install go through normal language and time zone host-name selection etc…
Set your “root” password and don’t forget it


  • Step 11

Disk Partition ( if you are installing freshly without any dual boot then simply use guided and use full virtual disk )


  • Step 12

Select hard-drive and select all-in-one ( for new users ) or if you don’t know just choose      all in one


  • Step 13

click on finish partitioning and write changes to disk , choose yes to write



  • Step 14

wait until installer finish copying files setting system


  • Step 15

After installation restart and login with username ” root ” and password ( what you set at   step 10 )


You’ve successfully installed Kali Linux in VMware!
You can delete that massive ISO file that you downloaded as well, it isn’t necessary any more.

• Reference


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