How to Install Kali Linux 2020.1 on VMware Workstation 15.5 in Windows 10

In this article, we will install Kali Linux 2020.1 on VM machine with VM Workstation 15 on Windows PC.

How to Install Kali Linux on VMware Workstation in Windows 10

How to Install Kali Linux 2020.1 with VMware Workstation 15.5

Kali Linux is a Debian-based Linux distribution that is used to control and solve the vulnerabilities on the network developed by the Offensive Security company.

Kali Linux operating system is a powerful operating system for security testing and network security. You can also use Kali Linux on a USB without installing it on your computer.

You can download the ISO file of Linux and burn it to a CD/DVD media and then start the installation by inserting the media into your computer’s CD/DVD RW device. Or, you can prepare a bootable USB Memory to install Kali Linux.

VMware Workstation is a popular and great virtualization software developed by VMware, and thanks to this software, you can install various operating systems on the virtual machine on your computer.

In our previous articles, we installed VMware and other Linux distributions;

How to Install Kali Linux in a Virtual Machine

First, install VMware on Windows 10 and then visit https://www.kali.org/downloads/ to download the ISO file. After downloading the ISO, follow the steps below to install Linux on VMware Workstation 14/15.

   Step 1

Open VMware Workstation 14/15 Pro and click Create a new virtual machine to install Linux VM. Select Custom (advanced) in the new VM window and click the Next button.

Creating a New Virtual Machine on VMware Workstation

   Step 2

Select Workstation 15.x for virtual machine compatibility and click Next. And continue by selecting the I will install the operating system later option in the next window.

VMware Hardware Compatibility

   Step 3

Select the Linux / Other Linux 5.x or later kernel 64-bit option in the operating system selection window and click the Next button. In the next window, configure the location where you want to back up your virtual machine. For example; You can install it there by creating a new folder on your external hard drive.

Linux / Other Linux 5.x or later kernel 64-bit

   Step 4

Select 1 processor / 4 cores for Kali Linux virtual machine. The processor configuration for the virtual machine depends on the hardware features of your computer.

Virtual Machine Processor Configuration

   Step 5

Configure a minimum of 4 GB RAM size to the VM and click Next.

Adding RAM to the Virtual Machine

   Step 6

Select NAT for the virtual machine network configuration and click the Next button. For more information about NAT connection in VMware Workstation, click here.

VMware Virtual Machine Network Settings

   Step 7

Select the LSI Logic option for the I/O controller and click the Next button.

LSI Logic

   Step 8

Select SCSI for the virtual machine disk type and click Next.

Selecting Disk Type

   Step 9

To create a new kali virtual disk, select Create a new virtual disk and click Next.

Create a new virtual disk

   Step 10

Configure the 20 GB Hard Disk size for the virtual machine and also check the Store virtual disk as a single file option and then click the Next button.

Store virtual disk as a single file

   Step 11

Leave the virtual machine disk file name at default value and click Next.

Specifying the Location of the Disk File

   Step 12

After completing the steps to create a Kali virtual machine, click the Customize Hardware button.

Customize Hardware

   Step 13

Select the Virtualize Intel VT-x/EPT or AMD-V/RVI option from the Processors section and then click on the CD/DVD device to add the ISO file to the virtual machine.

Virtualize Intel VT-x/EPT or AMD-V/RVI

   Step 14

After adding the Kali ISO file to the virtual machine, click the Close button.

Adding an ISO File to the VM

   Step 15

VM summary information is as follows. You can check your transactions from the window below. Click on the Finish button to proceed with the Kali installation.

Virtual Machine Ready to Install

   Step 16

After running the virtual pc, you can start the installation.

Running the VM

   Step 17

After creating a new virtual machine for Kali on VMware Workstation 14/15 Pro, click on the image below to install it step by step and browse our related article!

Step-by-Step Kali Installation

   Video

With VMware, you can watch the video below to install Kali on Windows 10 PC / Laptop and also subscribe to our YouTube channel to support us!

   Final Word


In this article, we have installed the latest version of Kali on Windows computer using VM Workstation. In the next article, we will examine how to install VM Tools on Kali virtual machine. Thanks for following us!

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3 Comments

  1. Avatar for iftee iftee 25 June 2019

    In the picture it says Kali Linux 2018, but in the Title it says Kali Linux 2019..

    Reply
    • Avatar for Iftee Iftee 25 June 2019

      There is no 2019.2 version tutorial only the 2018 tutorial in SYSnettech

      Reply
    • Avatar for tolqabaqci tolqabaqci 25 June 2019

      Yes, you are right. However, you can also install new versions of Kali by following the steps in this article.

      Reply

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