How to Install Kali Linux 2020.1 Step by Step

Kali Linux is a Debian-based Linux system developed by Offensive Security. This system includes many free tools for Penetration testing and for monitoring security vulnerabilities on the network.

How to Install Kali Linux Step by Step

How to Install Kali Linux 2020.1

With the installation of Kali Linux 2020.1, you have the control to determine the tools you want to install and the Desktop environment you choose. The new features that come with this version are;

  • Non-Root System By Default
  • Single Installation Image – Example image: kali-linux-2020.1-installer- <amd64 | i386> .iso
  • Kali NetHunter Rootless (No Root)
  • Theme and kali-undercover Enhancements
  • New Tools

The kernel version of this version, which was released on January 28, 2020, has been updated to 5.4.0. To download the Kali Linux ISO file, you can visit

Kali’s installation steps are exactly the same as the Debian installation because Kali is an operating system built on Debian.

How to Run Kali Linux in a Virtual Machine

After downloading the Kali ISO file, prepare a Bootable Flash Memory. Or create a new virtual machine for installing Kali Linux distribution on a virtualization program such as VMwareVirtualBox. Then, mount the downloaded ISO file to the virtual machine or PC.

Finally, follow the steps below to install Kali Linux step by step.

   Step 1

After you boot your system with the ISO file, press Enter on the Graphical Install option as in the image below to start the installation.

Graphical Installation

   Step 2

Select the system view language for your Kali system and click Continue.

Selecting the System Language

   Step 3

Select your location and click Continue.

Location Selection

   Step 4

Select your keyboard layout and click Continue.

Selecting a Keyboard Layout

   Step 5

Wait while installing additional components.

Loading Components from CD

   Step 6

Enter your hostname and click Continue.

Configuring Hostname

   Step 7

After typing and verifying your root password, click the Continue button.

Creating a New User Account and Password

   Step 8

Configure your time zone and continue.

Configuring the Time Zone

   Step 9

Select Guided – use entire disk to install Kali Linux from scratch. If you are installing Kali on a Windows 10 computer, select Manual and click Continue.

Use Entire Disk

   Step 10

Select your disk for Kali and click Continue.

Disk Partition Settings

   Step 11

In this step, if you want to keep all files on one partition in hard disk according to your needs, select All files in one partition (recommended for new users) option and click Continue.

All Files in One Section

   Step 12

The following image summarizes the disk on which Kali Linux will to be installed. Select the Finish partitioning and write changes to disk option and click the Continue button.

Writing Changes to Disk

   Step 13

Select Yes to confirm that the changes are written to the disk and click Continue.

Approve Changes

   Step 14

Please wait while installing Kali 2020…

Installing System

   Step 15

In the Software Selection window, if you want to use Kali’s default desktop environment, you can select Xfce. I choose this option because I prefer the GNOME desktop environment here. If you prefer a different desktop environment, you can configure it from this window.

Configuring Package Manager

   Step 16

Select Yes to install the GRUB boot loader and click Continue.

GRUB boot loader

   Step 17

Select /dev/sda/ for GRUB boot loader installation and click Continue.


   Step 18

Wait while setting up the GRUB boot loader.

GRUB Setup

   Step 19

After the Kali installation is complete, click Finish and restart your system.

Installation Complete

   Step 20

After your system restarts, press Enter on the Kali GNU/Linux option from the GRUB menu.

Kali GNU/Linux

   Step 21

Type Root for the user name and type the password you set for the password, then click Sign In.

Typing the User Password

   Step 22

After restarting your computer or virtual machine, you can review the visual appearance of Kali as follows.

Kali Linux Desktop View


You can watch the video below to configure Kali Linux, and also subscribe to our YouTube channel to support us.

You can also check out this video for the 2019 version installation!

   Final Word

In this article, we have examined how to install Kali. In our next posts, we will build this great system on other virtualization platforms. Thanks for following us!

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  1. Avatar for Gustavo Gustavo 18 May 2019

    Thank you!


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