How To Install Kali Linux

This guide will walk you through the easy steps to install Kali Linux on your computer. The i386 images have a default PAE kernel, so you can run them on systems with over 4GB of RAM. Download Kali Linux and either burn the ISO to DVD, or prepare a USB stick with Kali Linux Live as the installation medium.


  • A minimum of 8 GB disk space for the Kali Linux install.
  • For i386 and amd64 architectures, a minimum of 512MB RAM.
  • CD-DVD Drive / USB boot support
  • Download Kali linux.
  • Burn The Kali linux ISO to DVD or Image Kali Linux Live to USB.
  • Ensure that your computer is set to boot from CD / USB in your BIOS.

Installation Procedure

To begin your installation, boot with your chosen installation medium. You should be presented with the Kali Linux boot menu. Choose a Graphical or a Text-Mode install. I'll be going with a GUI install. 

Select your preferred language and then your country location. You’ll also be prompted to configure your keyboard with the appropriate keymap. 

The installer will copy the image to your hard disk, probe your network interfaces, and then prompt you to enter a hostname for your system. In the example below, we’ve entered “kali” as the hostname. 

Enter a password for the root account. 

Next, set your time zone.

The installer will now probe your disks and offer you four choices. For an Encrypted LVM install, choose the “Guided – use entire disk and set up encrypted LVM” option as shown below.

Choose the destination drive to install Kali. In this case, we chose a USB drive destination. We will use this USB drive to boot an encrypted instance of Kali.

Confirm your partitioning scheme and continue the installation.

Next, you will be asked for an encryption password. You will need to remember this password and use it each time to boot the encrypted instance of Kali Linux.

Configure network mirrors. Kali uses a central repository to distribute applications. You’ll need to enter any appropriate proxy information as needed. 

NOTE! If you select “NO” in this screen, you will NOT be able to install packages from the Kali repositories.

Next, install GRUB. 

Finally, click Continue to reboot into your new Kali installation. If you used a USB device as a destination drive, make sure you enable booting from USB devices in your BIOS. You will be asked for the encryption password you set earlier on every boot.


We have completed basic installation of Kali Linux. Now you can perform post installation on your Kali Linux to customize it according to your requirements.

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