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install Kali Linux on the VMWare Workstation

If you are into cybersecurity and you don’t even hear about Kali Linux, then you never be considered a cybersecurity professional. Don’t worry we are here to introduce you to the wonderful Linux distribution. Kali Linux is not a general-purpose desktop or server operating system. It is designed and developed to help cybersecurity professionals. Since it is not a general-purpose Linux distribution, it is not preferred to use as a host operating system. This doesn’t mean that you can’t install Kali Linux on your hardware. It’s recommended to install this on a virtual platform like VMWare Workstation, Virtual Box, WSL, or live boot. This post we have created to show you how to install Kali Linux on the VMWare Workstation.

What Is Kali Linux?

Kali Linux is an open-source Linux distribution built on the Debian platform like Ubuntu and Linux Mint. Kali Linux is not a general-purpose Linux distribution. It’s developed with a specific purpose especially for cybersecurity professionals, It has hundreds of utilities, applications, tools, software, and services that would be used by pentesters, security auditors, security testers, security researchers, cybersecurity forensics, threat hunters, reverse engineers, mostly the professionals found themselves in the cybersecurity landscape. Learn more about Kali Linux from here.

What Is VMWare Workstation?

VMWare Workstation is an application developed by VMWare to create virtual machines, containers, and Kubernetes clusters on any desktop or server system. VMWare released VMWare Workstation in two products: VMWare Workstation Pro and VMWare Workstation Player. VMWare Workstation Player is released on a free license with limited features, whereas VMWare Workstation Pro is an enterprise paid version that has loaded with a lot of features. Full documentation is published on the VMWare portal for free. Refer to the documentation from here.

  1. VMware Workstation Pro Documentation Center
  2. VMware Workstation Player Documentation Center

Prerequisites To Install Kali Linux On VMWare Workstation:

To install Kali Linux on VMWare Workstation you just need a physical machine, VMWare Workstation Pro or Player installed on your machine and Kali Linux ISO image.

  1. A host system with minimum:
    1. 8 GB of memory
    2. A quad core CPU
    3. 500 GB of Hard Drive
  2. VMWare Workstation Pro or Player application:0
    1. Download VMWare Workstation
  3. Linux Mint Operating System to install on VMWare Workstation.
    1. Download Kali Linux

How To Install kali Linux On VMWare Workstation?

Time needed: 30 minutes.

How to Install Kali Linux on VMWare Workstation?

  1. Fier up VMWare Workstation

    Download the VMWare Workstation application for your host operating system and install it on your machine. The installation procedure is pretty simple and straight. Read the documentation for more details. Open the app after installation. Create a new Virtual Machine.

    Create a New Virtual Machine

  2. Select Custom Configuration Wizard

    You can choose either Typical or Custom Wizard. We recommend selecting Custom if you want to install with all the configurations. If you are okay with default configurations then go ahead with Typical configurations.

    What Type of Configuration Do you Want

  3. Select Virtual Machine Hardware Compatibilityrkstation 16x – Next

    Go with the default option if you don’t have the choice.

    Virtual Mechine Hardware Compatibility

  4. Select the Operating System Media

    Select ‘I will install the operating system later’ for an interactive installation.

    Install Operating System From

  5. Select Guest Operating System


    Guest Operating Sustem

  6. Name the Virtual Machine Name and location

    Type a name and give the location details.

    What Name Would You Like To Use For This Virtual Machine

  7. Allocate the Processors

    Assign the processors, Calculate the processor required to run the host machine. Assign the leftover resources to the virtual machine.

    allocate precessors for the VM

  8. Allocate the Memory for Virtual Machine

    Memory allocation calculation is the same as the processor allocation. Leave sufficient memory for the host system and allocate the remaining memory for the virtual machine.

    Memory For The Virtual Machine

  9. Choose the Network Configuration

    Select any one of the network configurations as per your requirement.

    Network Conection

  10. Select the I/O Controller Type


    Which SCSI Would You Like To Use For SCSI Virtual Disk?

  11. Select Disk Type

    Select A Disk Type

  12. Select Virtual Disk

    Select the Virtual Disk if you have or create one.

    Select A Disk

  13. Select Disk Capacity

    Select the disk size. Selecting a single disk will increase the performance. However, selecting a split disk will help in the disk transfer scenario.

    Specify Disk Capacity

  14. Specify Virtual Disk File


    Where Would You Like To Store The Disk file?

  15. Create Virtual Machine


    Ready To Create Virtual Machie

  16. Supply Kali Linux ISO Image to Virtual Machine

    Download Kali Linux image. Edit the CD/DVD settings and import the downloaded Linux Mint image.

    Virtual Machine Settigs

  17. Power On the Virtual Machine

    Press the Play button to power on the Virtual Machine.

    Kali Linux Installer Meu (BIOS Mode)

  18. Welcome, Kali Linux Virtual Machine

    you will be treated with a welcome screen on which you will see the option to select the language. Select your language and click Continue.

    Select Language

  19. Select your Location

    Select Your Location

  20. Select Keyboard Layout

    Configure The Keyboard

  21. Configure the Network for updates

    Configure The Network

  22. Enter the hostname for your Kali Linux machine

    Configure The Network Two

  23. Set up a user account and password

    Set Up User And Passwords

  24. Partition the Disk

    Select Erase the Disk for auto partition. Or Select the Advance option to create the custom partition.

    Partition Disk

  25. All Files In One Partition (recommended for new users)- Continue

    Partition Disk Two

  26. Finish Partitioning And Write Changes To Disk

    Partition Disks three

  27. Select the software packages according to your needs

    Select And Istall Software

  28. Installation of Kali Linux in Progress

    Select And Install Software One

  29. Install the GRUB boot loader

    Install The GRUB Boot Loader

  30. Select the Drive to install GRUB

    Install The GRUB Boot Loader One

  31. The installation procedure of Kali Linux has finished.

    Finish The Istallation One

  32. Reboot Virtual Machine

    Reboot the machine after installation.

    Kali Linux Loading

  33. Login to the Kali Linux with the user account

    Kali LogIn

  34. Kali Linux Desktop after login

    Kali Main Screen

  35. Shut Down Kali Linux

    Log out

This is how you should install Kali Linux on VMWare Workstation. We hope this tutorial post will help you in installing Kali Linux on VMWare Workstation. Thanks for reading this post. Please share this post and help to secure the digital world. Visit our social media page on FacebookLinkedInTwitterTelegramTumblr, & Medium and subscribe to receive updates like this.

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