How to Upgrade Kali Linux to 2020.1 | Latest New Version

It is useful to upgrade your system when a new version of Kali is released. Because each new release includes better performance, security, and improvements.

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How to Upgrade Kali Linux to the Latest Version

The easiest way to update an old Kali system to the latest version is to use Terminal. You can update your system to the latest version with just a few codes in Terminal.

The latest version of Kali is 2020.1 and the Kernel version is 5.4.0.

We recommend that you always back up your computer before updating because you will take action against any system errors you may encounter.

If you are using Kali on one of the VMware or VirtualBox virtualization programs, you can get a new Snapshot for system backup.

In this article, we will update the old Kali Linux 2018 operating system running to 2020.1 on the VMware virtual machine.

   Step 1

After backing up your computer or virtual machine, run your Kali operating system and turn on the terminal on the desktop.

You can run the following command on the terminal or install ScreenFetch to find out the current system version.

cat /etc/os-release
root@kali:~# cat /etc/os-release
PRETTY_NAME="Kali GNU/Linux Rolling"
NAME="Kali GNU/Linux"
ID=kali
VERSION="2018.1"
VERSION_ID="2018.1"
VERSION_CODENAME="kali-rolling"
ID_LIKE=debian
ANSI_COLOR="1;31"
HOME_URL="https://www.kali.org/"
SUPPORT_URL="https://forums.kali.org/"
BUG_REPORT_URL="https://bugs.kali.org/"
root@kali:~#

 
   Step 2

After learning the current system version, you need to check your repository list, otherwise, the upgrade process will not start.

Execute the cat /etc/apt/sources.list command on the terminal and check for addresses that do not have a # character. If there is no official repository address, run the following command to open and edit the Kali Sources List.

nano /etc/apt/sources.list

 
Add the following address to your sources list and press CTRL + X / Y / Enter to save the file.

deb https://http.kali.org/kali kali-rolling main non-free contrib

 
   Step 3

After configuring your repository list, run the following command on the terminal to update Kali Linux.

apt-get update

 
The apt-get update command does not upgrade the system version, but only fetches the information of the system and applications installed on the computer. In short, it checks and saves new versions of the existing applications, and system information on the local computer.

   Step 4

When a new version of Linux with bug fixes, up-to-date software, and some additional tools is released, you need to upgrade to install it on your computer.

To upgrade the Linux, execute the apt-get upgrade command on the terminal.

If you want to do a full upgrade, you can use the full-upgrade command.

After checking your Internet connection, execute the following command on the terminal to update Kali Linux to 2020.1.

apt-get update && apt-get –y full-upgrade

 
The apt-get upgrade command will upgrade your system to the latest stable version.

The apt-get full-upgrade command will upgrade your system to the latest development/beta version.

   Step 5

After installing the new version of Kali OS, execute the shutdown –r now command to restart your system, and check the version again when your system is turned on.

Kali Linux Can Not Reach the Login Screen in VMware and Stuck on “Started GNOME Display Manager”

You have upgraded and restarted your PC, but if the Login screen does not appear, this is due to the lack of disk space on your virtual machine. If you have low disk space, you may experience this problem.

To resolve this issue, restart your system and turn on Recovery Mode. If it does not work in recovery mode and remains stuck, press Ctrl + Alt + F3 to open Virtual Terminal.

Type your user name and password and press Enter to open the prompt. Here, execute the following two commands.

apt-get autoclean
apt-get autoremove

 
After clearing unnecessary files, restart your PC or virtual machine and log on to your system.

All you need to do now is increase the Disk Capacity of your Kali system running on VMware.

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   Final Word


In this article, we have reviewed how to update the old version of Kali Linux on the VMware Workstation to the new version. And after the upgrade, we have solved the Login screen error. Thanks for following us!

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4 Comments

  1. Avatar for azizi azizi 7 January 2020

    probleme apdate my systeme kali please

    Reply
  2. Avatar for azizi azizi 7 January 2020

    help me please

    Reply
  3. Avatar for umesh induwara umesh induwara 24 April 2020

    Need 2019.4 source list
    list

    Reply
  4. Avatar for Aveek Sharma Aveek Sharma 25 April 2020

    when i upgrade my kali , after some time it shows , unable to fetch some files, how can i recover it , help me please

    Reply

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