You can now run Kali Linux natively on Windows 10

Almost a year ago, Microsoft had made Ubuntu available for download from its Store. Now, the Redmond giant has made Kali Linux distribution available for download that can be installed by all Windows 10 users from its Microsoft Store.

“We’re excited to announce that you can now download & install Kali Linux via the Windows Store,” said Tara Raj, Program Manager at Microsoft in a blog post. “Our community expressed great interest in bringing Kali Linux to WSL in response to a blog post on Kali Linux on WSL. We are happy to officially introduce Kali Linux on WSL.”

For those unaware, Kali Linux is a free, and open-source Linux-based operating system designed for digital forensics, penetration testing, reversing, and security auditing. Kali allows you to download a range of security related programs such as Metasploit, Nmap, Armitage, Burp, and much more that can be used to test your network for security loops. It can run natively when installed on a computer’s hard disk, can be booted from a live CD or live USB, or it can run within a virtual machine.

However, in order to use Kali, you will first need to install the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) from the Windows Features control panel. Once installed, you need to enable the WSL feature on Windows 10. To do this, you need to open PowerShell as Administrator and run the “Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux” command. Once done, you need to restart your computer.

To install Kali, click on the app here from Microsoft Store. Once Kali is installed, type “kali” on the command prompt to launch the Kali shell, or click on the Kali tile in the Start Menu.

You can also run Kali Linux on Windows 10 in docker.

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