How to Install Kali Linux On Android

In this article, we will learn how to install Kali Linux on Android smartphones without rooting the device.

Kali Linux is one of the best-loved operating systems of hackers, security researchers, and pentesters.

It offers an advanced penetration testing tool and its ease of use means that it should be a part of every security professional’s toolbox.

Kali Linux on Android smartphones and tablets allows researchers and pentesters to perform ” security checks” on Networks like cracking Wi-Fi passwords, finding vulnerabilities/bugs, or cracking security on websites.

Here is how you can install Kali Linux on Android smartphones without rooting your phone.

Install Kali Linux on Android Phone 

Before we begin with the process of how to install and run Kali Linux on an Android smartphone you will need to download the apps provided below:


  1. Android Smartphone (No root required)
  2. install Termux
  3. install NetHunter-KeX client
  4. install Hacker’s Keyboard


After installing the above-mentioned apps. Open Termux, if it gets stuck on your phone then press enter.

Now we need to install some packages using Termux. To do so just copy, paste, and enter the commands provided below.

  • Update the system using the following command

$ pkg update && pkg upgrade -y

  • Set up system storage.

kali@kali:~$ termux-setup-storage

  • Download Kali Linux

kali@kali:~$ wget -O install-nethunter-termux

  • Adding execution privilege to the downloaded Kali Linux file

kali@kali:~$ chmod +x install-nethunter-termux

  • Installing Kali Linux on Android

kali@kali:~$ ./install-nethunter-termux

The above-mentioned commands will fetch, download and install Kali Linux on your phone. Since the file is around 1.5GB in size it can take some time to download.

Once downloaded you can run Kali NetHunter from the CLI

Kali Linux on non rooted Android Smartphone

To start Kali NetHunter type in the following command


Provided below are some of the helpful Kali Nethunter commands for your Android phone

nethunter kex passwd configure the KeX password (only needed before 1st use)
nethunter kex & start Kali NetHunter Desktop Experience user sessions
nethunter kex stop stop Kali NetHunter Desktop Experience
nethunter <command> run in NetHunter environment
nethunter -r start Kali NetHunter cli as root
nethunter -r kex passwd configure the KeX password for root
nethunter -r kex & start Kali NetHunter Desktop Experience as root
nethunter -r kex stop stop Kali NetHunter Desktop Experience root sessions
nethunter -r kex kill Kill all KeX sessions
nethunter -r <command> run <command> in NetHunter environment as root


Wrapping UP

So we have successfully installed Kali Linux on non-rooted Android Smartphones.

Abhishek Kumar Jha
Abhishek Kumar Jha
Knowledge is Power


  1. OK if any script kiddies need some help I can answer any questions. I just used this guide to walk someone through the process, I don’t understand why so many people are having issues this is a good method for noons who can’t script.

  2. Im done with installation using linux deploy,but while connecting with vnc it is showing ‘The port on which computer is listening for a connection could not becontacted’
    Anyone could solve…please

  3. VNC error is when you try to connect with localhost or but you are using WiFI with defferent IP! Just connect using IP showing in Linux Deploy! Nobody has told you that in this tutorial. They says, connect to localhost:5900 but that is not your ip, you have ip in Linux Deploy app e.g: []
    you can connact with VNC to localhost:5900 only when you connected to your regular DATA connecion over 3G/4G, EDGE or HSDPA, WCDMA etc. When you change your connection type, force stop linux deploy and start Linux Deploy again to allow new your new ip to show!

  4. Another tutorial thats lacking in instruction. My phone is rooted i have SU priviledges and i follow ur simple instructions and in the terminal it sends an outgoing deploy and an immediate incoming deploy. Are there any defaults that have to be modified in any way because its clearly not as simple as download,install and run :/


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