Running Kali Linux on Virtual Box is the best option you can go with if you want to do some crazy stuff with it. For example, the time you don’t know about some tools and packages and you want to test them or change some codes, but you don’t want to break your Host OS. Many people prefer Virtual Box though they know that they can use VMware for the same purpose, VMware is proprietary. Virtual has a unique feature that you can use to take snapshots of a state of your system and came back to the same state if you break sometimes; however, using the rollback again and again will prevent you from learning and understanding your operating system. As Linux is the complicated system but it can do lots of amazing things. You might have heard about it and therefore got interested to use it, but you don’t want to use it as your primary operating system, so you can install on Virtual Box. Now you will easily learn how to install Kali Linux on Virtual Box.
Advantages of running Kali Linux on VirtualBox
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- It can support more than one Operating System simultaneously.
- Installing/re-installing/backing up/moving/restoring/rolling back guest OS is easy.
- Distribute Memory and Processor as you wish.
- A virtual box can be moved to another operating system.
- Completely break your installation and roll back in seconds.
- You will have to troubleshoot, which help you learn.
- One of the best for, learning and testing.
Disadvantages of running Kali Linux on VirtualBox
- It will work a bit slower.
- There can be some problems with USB Wireless cards.
- Roll back feature will make you lazy, and you won’t attempt to troubleshoot.
- Graphics issues
They are all true for all the virtual machines even with VM. As you want to learn and test so give it a try.
What is VirtualBox
A virtual Box is a virtualizing machine for 86x hardware in which you can use for the targeted server, embedded use, and desktop. Virtual Box is not only for enterprise customers but also for professional use which is available as Open Source Software under GNU “General Public Licences GPL (2). Currently, Windows, Linux and Macintosh, and Solaris hosts support VirtualBox. And Virtual Box itself can support numerous guest systems Like All Windows, Dos/Windows 3.x, Linux, Solaris and OpenSolaris, OpenBSD and OS/2.
Everyone can contribute to develop and add different features and make it capable of supporting more guest OS and make it run on different platforms. However, Oracle makes sure that the product should always meet professional quality.
Things you need to install
- VirtualBox 5.2.6 for Windows hosts x86/amd64
- VirtualBox 5.2.6 for OS X Hosts
- VirtualBox 5.2.6 for Linux Distributions
- VirtualBox 5.2.6 for Solaris Hosts
- VirtualBox 5.2.6 Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack for All supported platforms
Following functionalities can be found into the extension pack:
- Experimental support for PCI passthrough on Linux hosts.
- Host webcam passthrough;
- The virtual USB 2.0 (EHCI) device;
- VirtualBox Remote Desktop Protocol (VRDP) support;
- Intel PXE boot ROM
There are two download links of Kali Linux. Download the one which is compatible with your operating system. Again first try to know what is your operating system – is it a 32 bit or 64 bit – then carefully choose your download. Kali can be used both for 32 bit and 64 bit.
Install Kali Linux On Virtual Box
Step 1: Go to the place where you have your downloaded Kali Linux. Double Click on the file to run the file.
Step 2: You can see that a window has popped up. You don’t have to mess up with anything there, you only have to click on import.
Step 3: Click on Kali Linux in the left column. Then click on the settings. In the settings window, click on system. Now in the Motherboard tab, you have to set the Base Memory to 1024 ( It depends on your system, you can set it more than that too, however, 1024 is enough for Kali.)
Step 4: Go to Processor tab and set the CPU to 1 as it is enough for Kali. But you can set it to 2 or more if your computer supports it. After setting them all, click on OK.
Step 5: Now your settings are ready to Launch Kali. Click on Start. It will take a little while to load.
Step 6: Enter on the Kali Linux or wait it will be selected automatically.
Step 7: Now enter the username which is “root” by default, and then click on next.
Step 8: Now enter the password which is the opposite of root, it is “ toor ” and then click on sign in.
Congratulation! You have installed Kali Linux and it works perfectly. In the process, if you had further questions or you faced a problem, please leave a comment and we will try to fix it as soon as possible.