How to Install Kali Linux 2.0 Sana in VMware Workstation Step-by-Step Guide

Updated on February 4, 2016
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This step-by-step article shows you how to install Kali Linux 2.0 in VMware Workstation step-by-step but you can also use VMware Player which is free. This tutorial also helps if you install Kali Linux 2.0 on physical hardware. In fact, Kali Linux 2.0 installation is not very hard. First of all, why Kali as a virtual machine? Because, if you are new on Kali, it is very safe to use it as virtual machine. You can easily explore Kali Linux 2.0 new features without damaging any live data on your computer.

VMware workstation and VMware Player are virtualization software at the desktop level. They allow to run multiple virtual machines on a physical machine. You can visit VMware product page for more information about the latest release for VMware Workstation and VMware Player.

Update: You can also watch Install Kali Linux 2 in VMware Workstation 12 Step-by-Step in 10 Minutes Video below or keep continue reading the article.


Kali Linux 2.0 Installation Steps in VMware Workstation

1. Download Kali Linux 2 Sana ISO 64 bit and save it on your computer.

Kali Linux 2.0 Download ISO

2. Open VMware Workstation and click Create a New Virtual Machine.

Install Kali Linux 2.0 in VMware Workstation

3. I will go with the Custom installation in this tutorial, because it gives more options.

Install Kali Linux 2 Sana in VMware Workstation 11 Step 2

4. Click Next at Virtual Machine Hardware Compatibility.

Install Kali Linux 2 Sana in VMware Workstation 11 Step 3

5. Browse your Kali Linux 2 Sana ISO file.

Install Kali Linux 2 Sana in VMware Workstation 11 Choose ISO

6. Choose Linux as a Guest Operating System and choose Debian 7.x 64-bit version. (If you downloaded Kali Linux 32 bit edition, you should choose Debian 7.x

Install Kali Linux 2 Sana in VMware Workstation 11 OS Version Selection

7. Write the name of your virtual machine.

Install Kali Linux 2 Sana in VMware Workstation 11 Choose Name

8. Specify how many processors and cores you wanna give to this virtual machine. Default is okay but I want my virtual machine more powerful. So, I give 1 processor and 4 cores.

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Install Kali Linux 2 Sana in VMware Workstation 11 CPU Configuration

9. Set how much memory you want to give to this Kali Linux virtual machine. I give 2GB of RAM in this tutorial. You can adjust this value according to your physical resources and/or your needs.

Install Kali Linux 2 Sana in VMware Workstation 11 RAM

10. Select Use bridged networking. Virtual machine can access to an Ethernet network directly.

Install Kali Linux 2 Sana in VMware Workstation 11 Networking

11. Simply click Next at the Select I/O Controller Types section. LSI Logic is recommended for the most cases.

Install Kali Linux 2 Sana in VMware Workstation 11 Controller Type

12. Click Next to continue at Select a Disk Type section.

Install Kali Linux 2 Sana in VMware Workstation 11 Disk Type

13. Click Next to create a new virtual disk for your virtual machine.

Install Kali Linux 2 Sana in VMware Workstation 11 Configure Disk

14. Set disk space you want to use. I set it as 60 GB. I also clicked Store virtual disk as a single file option.

Install Kali Linux 2 Sana in VMware Workstation 11 Disk Size

15. Click Next at this screen.

Install Kali Linux 2 Sana in VMware Workstation 11 Step 14

16. Click Finish

Install Kali Linux 2 Sana in VMware Workstation 11 Step 15

17. Now, click Power on this virtual machine.

Install Kali Linux 2.0 in VMware Workstation Power on VM

18. Choose Graphical install.

Install Kali Linux 2 Sana in VMware Workstation 11

19. Select your Operating System language.

Install Kali Linux 2 Sana Operating System language

20. Select your location .

Install Kali Linux 2 Sana Select Location

21. Select your keyboard layout.

Install Kali Linux 2 Sana Keyboard Layout

22. Give a name for your Kali Linux 2.

Install Kali Linux 2 Sana Hostname

Install Kali Linux 2 Sana give name

23. Click Continue on Configure the network screen.

Install Kali Linux 2 Sana in VMware Workstation 11

24. Set up root user password here and then Click Continue. You will login into Kali Linux 2 with this password after installation done.

Install Kali Linux 2 Sana Set Root Password

25. Choose Guided – use entire disk option and then click Continue. It is safe to use whole disk because it is virtual disk.

Install Kali Linux 2 Sana Configure Disks

26. Click Continue at Partition disks screen.

Install Kali Linux 2 Sana Disk Partitioning

27. Choose All files in one partition (recommended for new users).

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Install Kali Linux 2 Sana in VMware Workstation 11

28. Select Finish partitioning and write changes to disk.

Install Kali Linux 2 Sana in VMware Workstation 11 Write Changes to Disk

29. Select Yes to write the changes to disk.

Install Kali Linux 2 Sana in VMware Workstation 11 Write Changes to Disk

30. Wait until the installer finishes its job. It may take 5-10 minutes.

Install Kali Linux 2 Sana in VMware Workstation 11

31. Choose Yes to configure the package manager so that a network mirror can be used for any available updates.

Install Kali Linux 2 Sana Configure Package Manager

32. Go with the defaults.

Install Kali Linux 2 Sana Configure Package Manager

33. Choose Yes to install the GRUB boot loader on your virtual hard disk. This is very important step, otherwise your vm will not boot up.

Install Kali Linux 2 Sana GRUB Boot Loader

34. Choose /dev/sda on which GRUB will be installed.

Install Kali Linux 2 Sana GRUB Boot Loader

35. Click Continue at the Finish the installation screen. Your vm will be restarted shortly.

Install Kali Linux 2 Sana in VMware Workstation 11

36. Choose Kali GNU/Linux or just wait.

Kali Linux 2 Sana Boot Screen

37. Login to your Kali Linux 2 virtual machine with root user and password which you have set in previous steps.

Kali Linux 2 Sana Welcome Screen

Kali Linux 2 Sana in VMware Workstation 11

Congratulations, you’ve just installed Kali Linux 2.0 in VMware Workstation as a virtual machine. After the installation, I recommend you to install VMware Tools for better performance and usability. If you want to install VMware Tools, you can follow the steps in How to Install Official VMware Tools in Kali Linux 2 Sana

I hope this article is helpful for you. If you liked it or found useful, feel free to like or share it.

 

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  • carron

    Hours and hours the first hours great pin test.. Then crash then hours then your article. This is the best and i looked on line for hours.Till i was gonna give up. Thank you so much

    • SysAdminsHowto

      You’re all welcome. I am happy to see that article is useful for you.

  • king

    i have problem .when i start kali give me eror .this mesage oh no! shomething is wrong

  • redreb

    I get an error every time after step 32

    I get “The grub-pc package failed to install into /target/” after “configuring the package manager” option during the install process.

    The weird thing is that I don´t even get the GUI option for “Install the GRUB boot loader to the master boo record” YES or NO.

    This worked flawlessly in another lab setup with same software and versions etc.

    I also tried the install without network connected – same problem.

    How can I resolve this ? Maybe I can install grub in command line instead ?

    • SysAdminsHowto

      Do you use the latest kali linux media? Do you have Raid configuration?
      Are you installing Kali Linux on laptop with Wifi Connection?

    • Quadwo

      i cant login kali linux always say incorrect password

      • Try to remember what password you set during the Kali Linux installation.

  • rahuk

    SMBus host controller not enable and show something went wrong contact system administrative

    • When do you get this error exactly? or at what step?You should provide more information about the error then we may help.

  • Resonable

    I was at the brink of smashing my screen from frustration, but finally this tutorial helped, Gracias!

    • You’re welcome. You can share the post with others so that many people can get help from this Kali Linux article.

  • Azeem

    dear i have error installing

    • If you can give error details, then we may help you to solve your installation problem.

  • Thanks bro 🙂

    • You’re welcome. Hope you found this Wake on LAN article and people’s feedback helpful and informative.

  • #Mde4Everything

    hey iam getting error installation step failed plz help me plz

    • Unless you provide additional info about the error, I don’t think somebody can help you.

  • #kompetenzCraft

    I have a problem:
    Every time i try to install a *nix OS on my VMware Workstation 9 it crashs by the step “copying Files” at 79% and says that something is wrong with my CD/CD Drive and asks me wether I have burned my Installation CD too fast or wether I used Fastburn.
    I have tried very much and searched very long but I couldn’t find anything about this error.
    HostOS: Win 8.1 32 Bit Please help

    • Make sure your Kali Linux ISO is not corrupted while downloading. Check its SHA1 and compare your checksum result with value at Kali download site.

      • #kompetenzCraft

        Ok i’ll try that but I don’t think that it will solve the problem because I also have a Live USB made with this ISO and everything works fine on this USB and because it’s not only Kali. Every Linux OS I tried to install (Kali,Ubuntu and Debian) crashed at this step during Windows is working fine.

  • Irtza

    I have downloaded the latest Kali Linux 2016.1 from official linux site (https://www.kali.org/downloads/) and now when I started to add a new virtual machine by using VMWare 12 pro I’m unable to find the version of this latest Kali Linux 2016.1….. :/
    Can you please tell me what is the version?

    • Version of what?

    • rajib saiful

      I am having same problem. Shows: Could not detect which operating system is in the disc image. Can anyone please let us know, which operating system is in file:
      Kali-Linux-2016.1-i386.iso

  • Georges Brumagere

    Hi
    I try to install it via graphic install or classic install on Vmware server 2.

    installation is complete but I got a black screen after Grub…

    Or booting is block after :
    “nsc-ircc wrong chip version 00”

    any ideas ? 🙂

    • Try to enable virtualization features in physical computer BIOS. It may help.

  • Muhammad Hassan

    Why it is getting so many time in the last step of (copying to data to disk ) I waited above 1 hour….. Plz help me…
    Contact me at : mhsinger786@gmail.com

  • Tuckle

    Best article and step-to-step instalation for kali. It helped me install it fast and simple, without bothering with the errors or reboot my computer. Thank you very much!

  • Gaurav Vashist

    Its not showing available wifi like it shows in windows 7. My windows is connected through wifi but kali established it as a wired connection. my net is working but not showing any wifi available.

    • If you use Kali Linux as VM, then you have to use supported external USB Wi-Fi adapters.

  • Sagar Kapadia

    How to configure VMWare so that its IP address is different than my windows IP address?

    • By default, VMware virtual machine gets different IP from your DHCP device.

  • thatoneguywhomakeaverylonguser

    I finished installing with no errors, but I can’t seem to sign in, even though I wrote the root and the password as the same when I was installing the OS.

  • M Karthik Kamath

    In the sixth step, I had clicked on Ubuntu 64 in version (By default). I’m in 34th step. Will it work or do I need to change it to Debian 7.x 64 bit? I’m installing Kali Linux 64 bit ISO on my VMware Workstation 12.

    • Choose Debian 8.x 64-bit.

      • M Karthik Kamath

        Okay! Thank you. 🙂

  • salseroen

    thank you very much for this tutorial I failed maybe 30 times before I visit your site
    great effort keep going

  • lakhdar ch

    thank you very much bro :*

  • paolo ibay

    mine it says network configuration failed. i used bridge in vmware workstation 12. and i configured it manually, is that ok? and it says mirror problem

  • Gursimran Pandher

    pretty useful article

  • Morix

    thank you very much! <3

  • mahendra

    thank you its wonderful and also very easy

  • mahendra

    can you please tell me how to install wifi slax with usb adapter 2.0 in vm ware

  • Mr. Do

    You’re very helpful! Thanks so much!

  • Tayyab Shoaib

    thanks

  • Lovely Vishalsvisual

    My laptop has Broadcom wifi.. but it is not supported in kali.
    Can u tell me how to fix it.

    • Koorosh Ghorbani

      you should install your wifi drivers ,

  • Shollykay Omooba Aniyera

    how can i hack my i pad i forgot the password and it was disabled

  • hey i downloaded using torrent and now its zip file there are different parts in zip. how should i install that. there is no ios file.