Penetration Testing OS Kali Linux 2.0 is out now

Kali Linux is a well known distribution for Penetration testing and digital forensics. It is widely used bye ethical hackers; it comes pre-installed with large set of security related applications. It is maintained and developed by the organization known as “Offensive Security”. It comes with over 600 tools pre-installed that help you perform tasks like network analysis, ethical hacking, load & crash testing etc. Here are some of the well known and most popular applications that come with this operating system.

  • John the Ripper
  • Namp
  • Wireshark
  • Burp suite
  • Bbqsql
  • Grabber
  • Se-Toolkit
  • U3-pwn

The most recent release of this operating system Kali Linux 2.0 is out now. It is powered by Linux kernel 4.0 and has enhanced support for different graphics cards and desktop environments. Let’s see how we can install this new version and get familiar with it.

Installing Kali Linux 2.0

Download Kali Linux 2.0

There are couples of ways through which you can initiate the install of this OS.

(a)  Download Kali Linux and burn it to DVD/USB drive and boot your system using this DVD/USB.

(b)   Create Virtual machine on your current operating system using tools like Oracle Virtual Box and boot your Virtual machine using ISO of this operating system.

Whichever method you choose, here is the very first screen you should see when booting your system using this ISO. Let it boot into live desktop.

Kali Linux 2 Install

From here, click System >> “Install kali” option to start the installation process.

Kali Linux 2 Installation

Select your preferred language for this operating system installation.

Kali Linux 2 Lanugae

Choose your location from next step.

Kali Linux 2 Location

Specify your keyboard layout from this step.

Kali Linux 2 Keyboard

Set the hostname for your this new installation.

Kali Linux 2  Hostname

Select “Yes” from here to confirm the write operations on hard disk.

Kali Linux 2  HDD

That’s it, the new operating system installation is underway now. Sit tight, it should take little bit time to complete, depending on your system resources and your network speed.

Kali Linux 2  Installation

Once the installation is over, reboot and start using new operating system.

Kali Linux 2.0


Kali Linux is the advanced version for old BackTrack penetration testing operating system. This new 2.0 release is being considered a major and important one. Kali Linux has very rich internet community and you can find lot of help and internet articles on the topic.

25 thoughts on “Penetration Testing OS Kali Linux 2.0 is out now

  1. I had given up on kali linux for anything serious because it was always so hopelessly out of date.

    Decided to give 2.0 a try. I wonder is anyone bothered to test anything? My first try was to do a distribution upgrade from a working 1.1 installation. I’ve been working with various unix’s for close to 40 years, and believe me when i tell you I know how to follow instructions to the letter. I did, and the dist-upgrade rendered my working system completely unusable.

    So I figured I’d bite the bullet and install fresh from a 2.0 USB. The system runs in Live mode, but is impossible to install because it can’t find the CD. Well, of course not. There is no CD.

    I’m back to debian and I’ll load and manage my tools myself. Kali can stick it!

  2. Hello there,

    I’ ve running Kali 2.0 (arm) on a Raspi2, works fine. (earlier an 1.1 arm version)

    Running Kali 2.0 on an USB 3.0 stick, works fine.

    Now I’m gonna install Kali 2.0 (full 64bit) on a test pc.

    I have to learn a lot more about Linux but what I can say by now is that Kali 2.0 is running nice.

    Otherwise I had to take time and learn more about Kali 2.0.


  3. I installed kali 2.0 without any problem..I noticed though it selects flash disks..Just plug out the USB when this error occurs,then plug it in to a different USB

  4. How to add boot information in powerISO? I entered boot folder destination F:\boot\efi.img.. after that it said it was “Bootable Image” so I burned it on DVD and it just won’t boot.. I set PC to boot from CD-ROM and when I restart computer with Kali Linux CD in it won’t boot, I just get black screen.. No “Press any key to boot from CD..” What did I do wrong?

  5. I can not install kali linux 2.0 from my bootable usb drive, after i choose keyboard layout it shows error that cd-rom is not mounted although i m installing from usb drive. How can i solve this please help me.

  6. I’ve had BTR5 & Kali 1 on my desktop for some time now. Just bought a laptop and tried to install Kali 2 on Oracle VM and after install I’m getting a blank black screen. What went wrong?

  7. Sorry for posting this late, I’ve tried downloading Kali again and I get the same black screen when I try to boot it from CD-ROM.. I’ll try with bootable USB now and if it doesn’t boot then I don’t know what is the problem.

  8. i install kali 2.0 in system but my mouse and touchpad not work so i shutdown my system and when again i start my system kali linux does not start and my window 8.1 login appers wt i do now plz help as soon as possible

    • Saurav,

      It appears you tried to dual boot your system ; Do you see the partition on which you installed Kali inside Windows OS?

  9. I followed the directions on the Kali website. I downloaded the official ISO, used Win32 Disk Imager to make my USB bootable, used the partition manager to shrink an existing partition and thus make an unallocated partition. Then I restarted and booted from the USB, I’ve tried both installer and graphic installer, but whenever I get to the part where I choose the partition to install on, the options listed are the USB drive and whole hard disk without partition…plz help me…I want to install kali linux..

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