Kali Linux Virtual Image Installation Guide- Easy Step by Step with Screenshots

Updated: Feb 23

What is Kali Linux?

Kali Linux is a free offensive security software which allows the user to conduct penetration testing, computer forensics, reverse engineering, and security research.


What You Need

  • Computer with internet connection

  • WinRAR

  • Kali Linux Software

  • VMWare Workstation

First you want to head over to https://www.offensive-security.com/kali-linux-vm-vmware-virtualbox-image-download/ and download the Kali Linux 32 or 64 bit software.



If you are unsure of what type your pc is: click start -- type in system information -- locate System Type which displays the bit value.


While that downloads, go to https://www.win-rar.com/start.html?&L=0 to download WinRAR, a free file unpacking software.





Once WinRAR installs, double click the file and hit Yes when prompted with the question “ Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device?”


Then click Install -- Ok-- Done


Once Kali Linux finishes installing right click and select extract to … as detailed below



This will extract the files into a subdirectory folder.




Next you want to install VMWare Workstation Player at https://www.vmware.com/products/workstation-player/workstation-player-evaluation.html this is a virtual machine where you can import and run Kali from.



After hitting download and doub