Kali Linux VMware Installation

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In this documentation you will find the necessary steps to set up a Kali Linux Virtual Machine on VMware Workstation.



ISO file download

Download the newest Kali Linux ISO file from the official website.

VMware setup

Open VMware Workstation and follow these configurations for a successful installation:

  • Click on File -> New Virtual Machine; a window with the configuration will pop up
  • Choose Typical as the type of configuration and click Next>
  • Choose Installer disc image file (iso) and find path to the downloaded Kali ISO file, then click Next>
  • As Guest operating system select Linux and set the Version to Debian 9.x 64-bit, then click Next>
  • Set Maximum Disk Size to 40 GB and choose Split virtual disk into multiple files, then click Next> and Finish

Now you're all set for configuring the Kali Linux Installer:

  • Select Graphical install and set language and country preferences
  • Set hostname and if you want also the domain name, otherwise skip it
  • Set up users and passwords
  • As partitioning method for the disks choose Guided - use entire disk and then just confirm the disk
  • As partitioning scheme choose All files in one operation (recommended for new users)
  • Choose Finish partitioning and write changes to disk, and when prompted whether to write the changes to disks, just click yes
  • You can leave the software selection on default:

Software selection.png

  • Click yes when prompted to install the GRUB boot loader to your primary drive and then as Device for boot loader installation enter /dev/sda; now you should be all set and your installation is finished as soon as the login window pops up

Used Hardware

  • Virtual machine in VMWare: 4 vCPUs, 8GB RAM, 100GB SCSI HDD