How-to Install Kali on a VMware Workstation Virtual Machine

November 29th, 2016 by thelinuxevangelist

Installing Kali Linux on VMware Workstation



The Tutorial Shows You Visually and Step-by-Step How-to Install the Latest Kali 32/64bit GNU/Linux Desktop on VMware Workstation 10/11/12 for Windows.

Kali Linux is an open source project that is maintained and funded by Offensive Security, a provider of world-class information security training and penetration testing services.

In addition to Kali Linux, Offensive Security also maintains the Exploit Database and the Free Ethical Hacking Course, Metasploit Unleashed.




VMware Workstation Pro and VMware Workstation let anyone run Linux, Windows and hundreds of other Operating Systems on a Mac, without burning OS ISO’s and Rebooting.




Linux Kali Installation Steps on VMware Workstation 12 - Featured
  1. Download Latest Kali Linux i386/amd64:

    Get Kali Linux ISO

    Select the Linux Kali Live ISO.



  2. How-to Create a VMware Workstation VM from Linux ISO

    Creating a Linux VM


  3. Choose Graphical Install

    How-to Install Kali 2016 on a VMware Workstation VM Step-by-Step Guide - Graphical Install



  4. Select the Language

    How-to Install Kali 2016 on a VMware Workstation VM Step-by-Step Guide - Select the Language
  5. Select Your Location

    How-to Install Kali 2016 on a VMware Workstation VM Step-by-Step Guide - Select Location
  6. Configure the Keyboard

    How-to Install Kali 2016 on a VMware Workstation VM Step-by-Step Guide - Select Keyboard
  7. Set Up the Network

    ‘localhost’ is a Good choice here.
    How-to Install Kali 2016 on a VMware Workstation VM Step-by-Step Guide - Hostname
    If not a server with assigned Domain then put simply ‘localdomain’.
    How-to Install Kali 2016 on a VMware Workstation VM Step-by-Step Guide - Domain Name
  8. Set Up the Root User Pass

    How-to Install Kali 2016 on a VMware Workstation VM Step-by-Step Guide - Root User Pass
  9. Configure the Local Time

    How-to Install Kali 2016 on a VMware Workstation VM Step-by-Step Guide - Configuring Clock
  10. Choose Guided – use entire disk!

    How-to Install Kali 2016 on a VMware Workstation VM Step-by-Step Guide - Guided use entire disk

    And Follow on…

  11. Configure the Package Manager
    So Choose ‘Yes’.

    How-to Install Kali 2016 on a VMware Workstation VM Step-by-Step Guide - Configure Package Manager
  12. Confirm the Grub Installation

    How-to Install Kali 2016 on a VMware Workstation VM Step-by-Step Guide -
    Select the Grub Target Drive.
    How-to Install Kali 2016 on a VMware Workstation VM Step-by-Step Guide -
  13. Wait for System Installation

    How-to Install Kali 2016 on a VMware Workstation VM Step-by-Step Guide - Installation Complete
  14. Reboot into the Kali Linux Desktop ;)

    How-to Install Kali 2016 on a VMware Workstation VM Step-by-Step Guide - Kali 2016 Desktop


  15. Kali Linux QuickStart Guides

    Kali QuickStart


  16. How-to Install VMware Tools for Kali Linux:

    VMware Tools Installation Guide
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