How to Install Kali Linux on VMware for Penetration Testing?

The installation of Kali Linux is a bit difficult for new users. So in this article, we help you to install Kali Linux version 2.0 on VMWare. The Kali Linux is a Debian-derived Linux distribution designed for digital forensics and penetration testing.

The firs thing you need to install VMware on your computer and create a Virtual Machine for Kali Linux then set up a Penetration Testing Lab.

The second step is to download the latest version of Kali Linux for you Pentest Lab.

How to Install Kali Linux On VMWare?

Now I assume that you have installed VMWare, created a virtual machine and the Kali Linux image downloaded successfully. So you are ready to install Kali Linux.

  1. Open the VMWare and run the Kali Linux virtual machine to boot the Kali.
Install Kali Linux
Install Kali Linux

2. Select Graphical install from Boot menu with arrow keys and press enter.

Select a Language
Select a Language

3. Choose your system language and click Continue or press enter.

Select Your Location
Select Your Location

4. Select your location for local page and click Continue.

Configure the Keyboard
Configure the Keyboard

5. Select American English from Configure the Keyboard page or what keyboard standard you are using then click Continue.

Configure the Network
Configure the Network

6. From the Configure the Network page, type your host name and click Continue.

Kali Domain Name
Kali Domain Name

7. Leave the Domain name empty and click Continue if you don’t have a directory server.

Set up Users name and Passwords
Set up Users name and Passwords

8. Set a password for root user and click Continue. Don’t forget the password. If you forgot the password read the Reset Kali Linux Password topic.

Configure the Clock
Configure the Clock

9. Select the time zone of your location from Configure the Clock page then click Continue.

Partition Disks
Partition Disks

10. On the Partition Disks page, select Guided-use entire disk then click Continue.

All data will be erased from the disk
All data will be erased from the disk

11. On the above screen do nothing and click Continue.

All files in one Partition
All files in one Partition

12. Select All files in one partition (recommended for new users) and then click Continue.

Finish partition and write changes to disk
Finish partition and write changes to disk

13. Select Finish partition and write changes to disk then click Continue to apply the changes for partitioning the hard disk.

Partition Hard disk
Partition Hard Disk

14. Finally, select Yes the click Continue to implement the changes.

Installation Process
Installation Process

It take’s time to finish the installation, so be patient and drink a cup of tea.  😉

15. For Configure the package manager selects No and click Continue.

Configure the package manager
Configure the package manager

16. Select Yes to install the GRUB boot loader on a hard disk and click Continue.

Install the GRUB boot loader on a hard disk
Install the GRUB boot loader on a hard disk

17. On the Install, the GRUB boot loader on a hard disk page select /dev/sda then clicks Continue.

Dev Sda
Dev Sda – Install Kali Linux on VMWare for Penetration Test Lab.

18. Finally, the installation has finished successfully. Click Continue.

Finish the Installation
Finish the Installation

The system will reboot and log in as root user and password you have entered.

Kali Linux Login Page
Kali Linux Login Page

Yes, welcome to Kali Linux v2.0.

Welcome to Kali Linux
Welcome to Kali Linux

That’s all. Hope you can install Kali Linux without any problems.

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1 Comment
  1. Niaz Ahmad says

    This is excellent training..!

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