Parrot Security on Thursday announced the release of Parrot 4.9, an important new version of its security-oriented GNU / Linux distribution for penetration testing and ethical hacking along with newly added Linux 5.5 and hardware support. 

What’s New In Parrot OS 4.9? 

Parrot Security OS 4.9 introduces a new, more friendly installer and a new look and feel to the login screen, to make the system more appealing to newcomers and more comfortable for those users already aboard.

Further, Parrot Security OS 4.9 ships with the Linux 5.5 kernel series that introduces more reliable hardware support, fixes a lot of Wi-Fi and intel GPU bugs, and introduces support to new hardware that wasn’t supported before.

Additionally, the Parrot menu structure has been improved by removing some redundant launchers and making the overall organization easier to navigate. Below are some of the updates:

  • Fix icon missing in brisk menu
  • Remove duplicate launchers in other categories or from Debian packages
  • Fix icons for some security tools
  • Fix airgeddon execution path
  • Update-launchers improvement 

Similarly, Anonsurf, the anonymous mode used by Parrot OS, has received a significant update that fixes some bad behaviors such as DNS bugs and automatic shutdown. It has updated with support for bash-completion of commands, dnstool, nyx support for the status command, and daemon support. 

Another major improvement in the Parrot 4.9 release is the new Parrot installer based on Calamares, the same installer used by Manjaro and other GNU/Linux distributions. 

Calamares is a distro-agnostic installer that is easy to use and offers not only an improved user experience, but also all the relevant advanced features expected by a quality installer, like full disk encryption complex partitioning etc.

However, Parrot Security OS still includes the Debian Installer for those who need it or don’t like Calamares.

Further, Parrot 4.9 removed all the penetration testing tools that depended on Python 2 due to the deprecation and lifecycle ending of Python 2. These will be exchanged with new tools in future releases. 

Lastly, all the software updates and security patches that are part of the Debian 10 Buster have also been incorporated.

Parrot Security OS 4.9 Download Or Upgrade 

Since Parrot OS is a rolling release distribution, you can update your existing version of Parrot 4.8 via APT using any one of the following commands: 

sudo parrot-upgrade


sudo apt update && sudo apt full-upgrade

To download the new version of Parrot 4.9, you can download ISO images of Parrot 4.9.