Hacker’s PC : Installing Kali Linux on VirtualBox

As we have learned from the previous article on hacking it is understood that we cannot use windows Operating System for hacking. To start hacking it is very important to have a machine which has an Operating System which is capable of providing some power tools that assist in hacking.

Linux distros like Backtrack or Kali are essential in building a hacker machine. You can have a dual boot Operating System or personally I would suggest a virtual machine. Installing a Linux Distro in a dual boot environment is much easy. Recognizing hardware and installing drivers automatically makes installation process simple.

Choosing you Virtual Machine Software:

There are many paid and free VM applications available. Hyper-V is a VM that is integrated with Windows 8. Installing Linux distro on Hyper-V is recommended if you are accessing internet via LAN. USB support is not available on a Hyper-V virtual machine.

Oracle VM VirtualBox is something that really works great in all scenarios. The configuration is easy and so installing any guest OS can be easily accomplished. However we would discuss the advantages of VirtualBox against some other VM sometime later.

Installing Kali Linux on VirtualBox:

1) Download and Install Oracle VM VirtualBox on the host machine.

2) See to it that you don’t have another VM running. Parallel VM’s do not allow Amd64 installation so disable Hyper-V or any other VM if Installed.

3) Open the VirtualBox and click on New. Enter the VM Name of your choice. Select type as Linux and version as ‘Other64 bit’ as I am using ‘Kali AMD64 bit‘. Click on Next.

Installing Kali Linux on VirtualBox.

4) Select 1024mb Ram Size.

Installing Kali Linux on VirtualBox.

5) Select ‘Create a Virtual Hard Drive Now’ for installing Kali Linux on VirtualBox.

Installing Kali Linux on VirtualBox.

6) Select ‘VirtualBox Disk Image’. Click Next.

Installing Kali Linux on VirtualBox.

7) Choose ‘Dynamically Allocated’ and Click Next.

Installing Kali Linux on VirtualBox.

8) You can keep the settings as it is and Click ‘Create’. This will create your Virtual machine and configure virtual hard disk.

Installing Kali Linux on VirtualBox.

9) At this point you have built a virtual Machine with a virtual hard disk and ram. Now we need to fine tune this machine according to our requirement. To do this Click on ‘Settings’. Click on ‘General’ and check if your VM is created.

Installing Kali Linux on VirtualBox.

10) Click on ‘Storage’. You can mount your *.iso as the virtual cd/dvd. Please follow the steps 1 to 4 as shown in image below.

hacker kali linux.

11) Locate and Select the Kali Linux iso file from your local hard disk.

selecting the iso.

12) Make changes to the ‘USB’ settings as follows.

usb settings for the vm.

13) Click ‘Ok’. You will now have your virtual machine booting from Kali Linux iso. You can either use live Kali Linux or install it on the VirtualBox.


We would discuss about installing and configuring Kali Linux on VirtualBox. We would also discuss about various hacking tools available with the distro.

Disclaimer : The information published in this article is for educational purpose only. Any misuse of this information will not be the responsibility of the author or the website.

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5 thoughts on “Hacker’s PC : Installing Kali Linux on VirtualBox”

  1. when i enter to install kali linux there is problem in front of me like
    use kernel appropriate for your pc and saying un able to boot
    solve it if you can….

    1. Assalam-o-Allikum and Hello Aqeel!
      This is not serious problem. Just Shut down/Power Off your Virtual Machine(If it is ON), then follow these steps:
      1. Go to “Settings”.
      2. Navigate to “System”(under “General”).
      3. Select ‘Processor’ tab.
      4. Now, tick the check-box labeled: “Enable PAE/NX”.
      5. Click OK and you are done.

  2. Friend i m using windows 10 and i have install virtual box in it . but i could not install kali setup on it b/c i m using 64 bit version but
    1- my virtual box don’t show 64 bit option in it .
    2-i could not uninstall windows feature hyper-v
    Kindly tell me its solution plzzz

  3. yeah thats fine but it does not allow you to test your own wifi router because you cannot hack anything wireless airmon-ng for example i do not know what it can do now its been quiet a while since using kali but on virtual box you do not get full benefit

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