Quickest way to install Kali Linux on VirtualBox

Most of the time when it comes to installing Kali Linux on VirtualBox, users are struggling because of setting up ISO and then wait to install it. And if some error appears while the installation, the frustration level starts increasing. Therefore, today here we are with the quickest and most easy method to setup Kali Linux 2.0 latest version on VirtualBox.

What is the method we are going to use?

Generally, what we do to install Kali on VirtualBox is downloading and booting via its ISO file. However, that is really a time-consuming process. Therefore, if you are intended to use this hacking and penetration testing Linux on Virtual Machines, then it is better to use pre-built OVA images. These are specially created for running on platforms like VirtualBox, Hyper-V or VMware.

So, let’s get started…

Install VirtualBox

Although, you would already have VirtualBox on the host operating system where you are planning to use it. However, in case you haven’t then go to Virtualbox.org and download the one as per your OS. It is a cross-platform Virtualization software, thus available for Windows, Linux, macOS, and FreeBSD.

Download Kali Linux OVA Image

OVA image is the key thing that we require to follow this tutorial. Instead of using ISO, here we will download VirtualBox Image available on the official website. You can get 64-bit or 32-bit as per your system. If you are using VMware then the same page will have the image for it as well. Here is the link.

Kali Linux VirtualBox Image

Import OVA Virtual Image in VirtualBox

  • Open VirtualBox
  • Click on the Import Appliance
  • Under the Local File System, click on the Folder icon to select the downloaded Kali Linux OVA image.
  • After that hit the Import button.

Import Virtual Appliance

Import OVA image in virtualBox

Agree with the License Agreement; the importing process will take a few minutes.

Boot Kali VM

Once the importing process has been completed you will see a Kali Linux VM on the VirtualBox’s left panel where all VMs get listed by default.

Double-click on that and your hacking Linux will start booting and in few minutes the home screen will appear to start using it. Yes, that’s it. We don’t need to install anything at all, everything is pre-compiled and ready to use out of the box.

Error: USB 2.0 (optional)

If you get an error the virtual machine can’t be booted because of USB 2.0 then close the error box. And after that click on the Settings option given in the menu and select USB then change the USB 2.0 option to USB 1.1 (OHCI) Controller. After that apply the changes by clicking on the OK button.

CHnage USB 2.0 to USB 1.0 VirtualBOx error

Login with Default Username and Password

Once you on the login screen, use the default username- kali and password – kali.  Also, no need to install the VirtualBox Guest Additions, it will already be there on the system thus no urther hassle. Simply start learning to test security apps and systems.

Default username and Password for Kali Linux Kali 2020 Screenshot

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