Kali Linux – the most used penetration Linux Distro is now available on Windows 10 to run Natively, download via Windows store.
Great news for hackers, the most used Penetration based Operating System by Hackers is now on Windows 10 Store to be downloaded and run without any Virtual PC or VMware.
It’s description reads – The Kali Linux for windows application allows one to install and run the Kali Linux open-source penetration testing distribution on Windows 10 OS.
In Windows 10, Microsoft has provided a feature called “Windows Subsystem for Linux” (WSL) that allows users to run Linux applications directly on Windows.
Kali Linux said while announcing the news – “For the past few weeks, we’ve been working with the Microsoft WSL team to get Kali Linux introduced into the Microsoft App Store as an official WSL distribution, and today we’re happy to announce the availability of the ‘Kali Linux‘ Windows application,”
If this is your first time using Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), you need to enable this optional Windows feature before getting the Kali Linux app.
Follow these simple steps to enable WSL:
- Navigate to Control Panel and go to “Apps and features”
- Select “Programs and Features” from the right panel
- Click the “Turn Windows features on or off” from the left menu
- Select the “Windows Subsystem for Linux” and save it
- Reboot your system
You can even do the same by opening PowerShell as Administrator and running the following command and restart your computer.
Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux
Now search for Kali Linux on Windows Store, download it with just a single click. Once you launch the application, it automatically completes Kali installation and will open the console window.
That’s it! You can also check Kali Linux documentation for more information.
This announcement is especially exciting for security professionals and penetration testers who have limited toolsets due to enterprise compliance standards.
Kali Linux on Windows does not come with any hacking or penetration testing tools pre-installed, but you can easily install them later.
It should be noted that your Antivirus application or Windows defender can trigger false-positive warning for hacking tools and exploits, but you need not worry about it.