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Installing Kali Linux in VirtualBox

the installation process of Kali Linux in a VirtualBox virtual machine
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Installing Kali Linux
This section will detail the installation process of Kali Linux in a VirtualBox virtual machine . The installation process on a real computer is very similar to the described here.

Where to download the latest version of Kali Linux
Kali Linux is used for penetration testing and forensic examinations. As a professional penetration tester or forensic expert, you must be absolutely sure about the integrity of your tools. If your tools are not credible, then the results of your research are also not credible.

Even if your standards are not so high, it is still highly recommended to adhere to the actions described here, since non-genuine versions of the software can intentionally or unintentionally cause serious harm.

Download Kali Linux (as well as any other programs) only from official sites. For Kali Linux, the official sites are and
These sites cannot be accessed without using SSL, which makes it difficult for a man-in-the-middle attack, which reduces the danger of getting something that you don’t download.

What file to download?
If you are going to install Kali Linux in a virtual machine, then pay attention to the finished images:

However, there may be fairly outdated versions, so I prefer to download the usual ISO.
ISO images can be used as Live-systems, as well as install from them. These images can be downloaded at:

Kali Linux Weekly Images
These images are available at:
And a list of checksums for them at:

64-bit, 32-bit, light-images, images for ARM architectures, images with various desktop environments are distinguished from the weekly and “regular” ISO images.

If you have a 32-bit computer or VirtualBox only supports 32-bit virtualization, then select “ Kali Linux 32 bit ” for download .

If you have a 64-bit system, you can choose from several that differ in the desktop environment. If you have no preferences in choosing the desktop environment, then just select “ Kali Linux 64 bit ”.

The ISO file can be downloaded either through a direct link or through a torrent. It is recommended to choose torrent downloads.

Create a virtual machine
You should already have VirtualBox installed .
In VirtualBox, click New/Create :

Enter the name of the new machine (you can choose it arbitrarily). Select the type and bit depth of the installed system:
Installing Kali Linux in VirtualBox

I do not recommend allocating less than 2 gigabytes of RAM for Kali Linux. If possible, install from 2 to 4 gigabytes :
RAM for Kali Linux
Leave unchanged to create a new virtual hard disk:
virtual hard disk
Without changes:
This is where the choice is yours. A dynamic virtual hard disk takes up exactly as much space as is actually occupied in a virtual machine. A fixed hard drive will immediately occupy the entire size allocated for it, although it is mentioned in the certificate that it is better in performance. I always choose a dynamic disk for myself:
The disk size should not be less than 20 gigabytes, otherwise, almost immediately after installation, you will receive messages that there is not enough space. I choose 100 gigabytes for myself, but this does not mean that it will be that much that is occupied on a real hard disk, since I also choose a dynamic virtual disk, i.e. it "stretches" only as needed. If you install a too small hard disk and the virtual machine runs out of space, then you have a big problem. Also select the location of the virtual disk - place it on a partition with enough space:
The machine is created, but before starting, I prefer to make a few more settings. In the settings, I go to the tab “System” -> “Processor” and add another core, and also tick the “ Enable PAE / NX ”:
Next, go to the network settings and " Connection Type " change to " Network Bridge ", also in the " Advanced ", where " indiscriminate mode " select " Allow all ".
start the virtual machine:
We need to select the ISO file that we previously downloaded:
Click " Start ":
Kali Linux Graphical Install
If you just want to install the system, then select " Graphical Install ". Choose your preferred language:
choose the computer name:
Domain name can be omitted:

Think up, remember and enter the superuser password:
Choose what suits you best:
If you are in a virtual machine, do not change anything. If you are installing on a real computer, be very careful here - I cannot give more selective recommendations on a real computer, because all have different configurations:
Click "Continue":
Click "Continue":
Click "Continue":
Change "No" to "Yes":
We are waiting for the completion of the process:
Click "Continue": ( To save time i chose no )
Yes and click Continue
Select an available device:
All is ready:
In theory, the installation disk should be removed automatically. If this does not happen, the installation disk is removed in the VirtualBox menu: Devices -> Optical disks -> Remove disk from the drive . The ISO file 

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