How To Download Kali Linux Iso and Torrent

Today I will download Kali Linux and demonstrate the installation procedure within a virtual environment. Go to this website and navigate to downloads.

kali linux downloads

Here you have a direct ISO download or you can go over to the torrents and download it there. Kali Linux, due to the amount of tools that is has that are preinstalled is massive for a Linux Distro. It’s 3 gigabytes which is huge.

You can click ISO, then “Save,” and download the procedure and we will begin. You can also download torrent if you prefer. This might be a bit of a faster option, but it’s up to you. Especially if you have a faster internet connection it will not matter that much to you.

To download it in a virtual environment, open your start menu and type in virtual box. You might want to pin it to a task bar. I have a few machines set up here. You can see I have five virtual machines set up.

virtual environment

I want to install a brand new Kali Linux. Before I do that, I have to create a new environment where this machine will be installed. If you click on new and type in whatever name you wish. I am going to type in Kali so I know this is a Kali Linux because I have a lot of different machines here. You can name it whatever you want, the choice is entirely up to you.

kali naming

Here you will allot the amount of RAM you want it to have. It’s not RAM-intensive. It should work fine by default, I just have a habit of allotting it above one gigabyte for the sake of this tutorial, I will allot it two gigabytes of RAM probably because we will be working with some of the programs that can be demanding and resource intensive. Don’t worry about it if you’ve given it too much RAM or too little RAM, you can always change it later on, this is very flexible. That’s the beauty of Virtualbox that’s why I like it so much, you can change these at any point of time if you’ve deemed that you need the resources elsewhere.

Just  click next and create a virtual hard drive now. That is the drive this will be using and just use this one Vidia Virtualbox and this image and click next. It is dynamically allocated.

You can read here what dynamically allocated means.

dynamically allocated

Basically it is a file that will only use space on your hard drive as it fills up to the maximum size. Click next and here you will allot the drive space. I have a lot of drive space so I’m going to allot maybe 120 gigs. That’s going to be more than enough for this undertaking since I do have a lot of space on my hard drive. If you don’t have enough drive space, you can allot it 50 gigabytes or something. It should work fine. Then click create. Now we have our environment under the name Kali set up.

Then we have one more thing left to do. We need to create a boot screen and maybe not the boot order but rather instead the location of the ISO file which it will pull. Click on settings and then storage. Click empty.


This icon here, when you click on it, you choose a virtual CD disc file. I have a few of them here, but none of these are what I actually need.

Go ahead and open it up and click on “Home.” I have it in my downloads folder and open it.


You can see it here with the blue markation and Kali Linux is in the tray. If you double click on Kali, it says starting. Now that it’s running, you have a few options to utilize.

kali linux options

These options are:
Live – When it runs from a USB stick, CD’s or something similar where the system is booted from a separate device. That is usually what people do when they want to access certain services that are protected by the current service system. When you  bring it down and when you plug in your USB and boot the system from a USB it will not recognize the files or permissions previously set by the system on the hard drive of the machine because it is down. Then you can delete stuff that the system would not allow you to delete. This is also one of the ways that you can pull the password files in windows and decrypt them as well.

Fail-safe mode – Every system pretty much has a fail safe mode. It’s basic boot and just tries to load the basic things every time you go into fail safe mode unless you mess something up in a very serious way. Fail-Safe mood will boot all the time.

Forensic mode– For investigators, we’re not going to be dealing with it in this fashion because we don’t want the live, we want to install it in this fashion.

Live USB with persistence –  This is an example of when you can have several operating systems on a USB stick and you can have a very large USB sticks and you can work and all of your changes will be saved to that hard drive. In Live mode, you can make changes to a USB but when you shut it down all the changes will be forgotten. If you have live USB with persistence the changes will be retained.

Live USB encrypted persistence: This means that your old information contained on your live USB will be encrypted and if you happen to lose it, no one will be able to access your data. Provided you have something sensitive there. You will still lose the data that no one can actually access it.

In the follow up tutorial, I will proceed with the installation. Notice that we will need to install a few more things.

kali screen

Notice that I cannot increase the screen. That is because we need Guest Additions for virtual box which will enable full screens. More of that to come in the next tutorial and I hope to see you all there.

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