Things to do after installing Kali Linux

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Standard Packages:

Standard packages contains anything and everything I found useful. This list if divided into 3 parts:

  • Kali Specific

Kali Linux is a special build from Debian. Kali Linux inherits a lot of the issues from Debian Linux. This section shows you how to resolve of those. They are not specific to Kali Linux only and you might be leave them as it is, but I found that if I see an error my OCD kicks in and I have to make it go away…

  • Useful utilities and Software’s

A collection of utilities and software’s I found useful. These are day to day software’s that are available in most other Linux distributions or at least I think they should be made available as part of a default installation.

  • Enhancements and accessibility

Kali Linux is made to boot up fast and low of resources. But if you have some more CPU and GPU power to spare, you might want to try to make it look more colorful.

Kali Specific:

1. Fix Device not managed error – wired network

If you want NetworkManager to handle interfaces that are enabled in /etc/network/interfaces: Set managed=true in/etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf. So this file looks like:



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2. Fix default repository

The simplest way is to edit the /etc/apt/sources.list remove or comment every-line with # at the front and add the following lines..

 leafpad /etc/apt/sources.list

Comment or remove existing config with the following lines:

## Regular repositories
deb kali main non-free contrib
deb kali/updates main contrib non-free
## Source repositories
deb-src kali main non-free contrib
deb-src kali/updates main contrib non-free

Save and close the file.

3. Update, Upgrade, Dist-Upgrade

Clean, update, upgrade and dist-upgrade your Kali installation.

 apt-get clean && apt-get update && apt-get upgrade -y && apt-get dist-upgrade -y

4. Enable sound on Boot

Follow the steps below to fix sound mute in Kali Linux on boot

apt-get install alsa-utils -y

In GNOME Desktop (The default Kali Desktop)

  • Right Click on the small volume ICON and select Sound Preferences
  • Alternatively, you can also go to Applications > System Tools > Preferences  > System Settings > Sound to bring up the same options.
  • Use the Output volume slider to ON, shown similar the screenshot above. That’s it you’re done. Close Sound window.

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Useful utilities and Software’s

5. Install Java

Go to the following link and download jdk7. At the time of writing this guide the jdk version was jdk-7u45-linux-x64. Note that I’m using x64 which is 64-bit. 32-bit users should choose their versions accordingly. Not that tough really!

Oracle Sun Java JDK in Kali Linux

Following is what I’ve used. JDK-7u45-Linux-x64 At the time of writing this guide the available version was jdk-7u45-linux-x64.tar.gzDownload and save the file in /root directory.

tar -xzvf /root/jdk-7u45-linux-x64.tar.gz
mv jdk1.7.0_45 /opt
cd /opt/jdk1.7.0_45

This step registers the downloaded version of Java as an alternative, and switches it to be used as the default:

update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/java java /opt/jdk1.7.0_45/bin/java 1
update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/javac javac /opt/jdk1.7.0_45/bin/javac 1
update-alternatives --install /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/ /opt/jdk1.7.0_45/jre/lib/amd64/ 1
update-alternatives --set java /opt/jdk1.7.0_45/bin/java
update-alternatives --set javac /opt/jdk1.7.0_45/bin/javac
update-alternatives --set /opt/jdk1.7.0_45/jre/lib/amd64/

6. Install Flash

This is fairly simple and easy and should work from most people out there: In the terminal:

apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree

and then type in:

update-flashplugin-nonfree --install

That’s it. You flash should be working as expected.

Adobe Flash in Kali Linux

7. Install File Roller – Archive Manager

Kali Linux lacks a proper GUI archive manager. Install it Archive Manager (File Roller) using the following command:

apt-get install unrar unace rar unrar p7zip zip unzip p7zip-full p7zip-rar file-roller -y

You can now find Archive Manager in Applications > Accessories > Archive Manager.

8. Add a standard user

Kali Linux got only root user by default. While most applications require root access, it’s always a good idea to add a second user. Open terminal and type following to create new user (replace user1 with your desired user name)

useradd -m user1

(Note: -m means create home directory which is usually /home/username)

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Now set password for this user

passwd user1

Enter desired password twice Add user to sudo group (to allow user to install software, allow printing, use privileged mode etc.)

usermod -a -G sudo user1

(Note: -a means append or add and –G mean to specified group/groups) Change default shell of previously created user to bash

chsh -s /bin/bash user1

9. Add add-apt-repository

Debian allows users to add and use PPA repositories by an application named add-apt-repository however, Kali Linux didn’t include this in their default package list. With Kali, because this is a special purpose application and certain modifications were made to make it work for what it does best (Penetration Test). To enable PPA Repository via add-apt-repository application, follow the steps below: First install Python Software properties package.

apt-get install python-software-properties

Next install apt-file

apt-get install apt-file

Update apt-file.

apt-file update

This takes a while, so in case your apt-file update is SLOW, you might want to try and fix that as well. (Note that I got in my /etc/apt/sources.list file instead of Once apt-file update is complete, you should be able to search for it.

apt-file search add-apt-repository

Your output should look similar to this:

python-software-properties: /usr/bin/add-apt-repository
python-software-properties: /usr/share/man/man1/add-apt-repository.1.gz

The default add-apt-repository application located in (/usr/bin/add-apt-repository) works for Debian. So if you’re using Kali, chances are it won’t work. There’s a nice fix for that which I will add at the bottom of this post, (try them on VirtualBox if you feel like). But I found we can just mimic Ubuntu Oneiric to make add-apt-repository work.

cd /usr/sbin
vi add-apt-repository

Add the following code and save the file.

if [ $# -eq 1 ]
NM=`uname -a && date`
NAME=`echo $NM | md5sum | cut -f1 -d" "`
  ppa_name=`echo "$1" | cut -d":" -f2 -s`
  if [ -z "$ppa_name" ]
    echo "PPA name not found"
    echo "Utility to add PPA repositories in your debian machine"
    echo "$0 ppa:user/ppa-name"
    echo "$ppa_name"
    echo "deb$ppa_name/ubuntu oneiric main " >> /etc/apt/sources.list
    apt-get update >> /dev/null 2> /tmp/${NAME}_apt_add_key.txt
    key=`cat /tmp/${NAME}_apt_add_key.txt | cut -d":" -f6 | cut -d" " -f3`
    apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-keys $key
    rm -rf /tmp/${NAME}_apt_add_key.txt
  echo "Utility to add PPA repositories in your debian machine"
  echo "$0 ppa:user/ppa-name"

Note: In this line echo "deb$ppa_name/ubuntu oneiric main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list I’ve used Oneiric. You can try to use Lucid, Raring or Saucy as per your choice. Now chmod and chown the file.

chmod o+x /usr/sbin/add-apt-repository 
chown root:root /usr/sbin/add-apt-repository

Now that we added the correct code, we can use add-apt-repository to add a PPA repository. I tried the following to add themes and custom icons in Kali Linux.

/usr/sbin/add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/themes
/usr/sbin/add-apt-repository ppa:alecive/antigone

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10. Install Tor

Tor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security. This guide guides your through installing tor in Kali Linux. Tor protects you by bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world: it prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, and it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location.


Tor is available in Kali repository, to install it directly from the repository open your Terminal and type this:

apt-get install tor

Enable tor service from command line:

service tor start

Browse with confident by using proxychains and tor

proxychains iceweasel

11. Install Filezilla FTP Client

No Linux installation is complete with a proper fully fledged FTP Client. Filezilla is the best out there, so install Filezilla using the following command:

apt-get install filezilla filezilla-common -y

12. Install HTOP and NetHogs

This is a special one, HTOP shows running process and memory used including many more details. (you could use top command, but HTOP is just more useful). NetHogs is useful and it shows traffic used by applications per interface. Install them using the following command:

apt-get install htop nethogs -y

You can now run then using the following commands:

nethogs eth0
nethogs wlan0

I’m almost certain, you’ll enjoy using these tiny tools.

13. Install proprietary drivers for your Graphics card

Depending on which graphics card you’re using, (AMD or NVIDIA), you might want to install proprietary drivers to unlock more features. There’s some excellent post I’ve made on Install AMD ATI proprietary driver (fglrx) in Kali Linux.

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NVIDIA users can just stick to the official documentation for installing NVIDIA Drivers. In case, official documentation is not working or you’ve hit rock bottom, you can try following this other post I’ve written to install NVIDIA binary drivers manually.

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14. Install Recordmydesktop and Reminna Remote Desktop Client

Recordmydesktop gives you the ability to record and make a video of your activities in Kali Linux. Remmina is simialar to Windows Remote Desktop Client. Both very useful. Install them using the following command:

apt-get install gtk-recordmydesktop recordmydesktop remmina -y

15. Install GDebi Package Manager

dpkg is a powerful tool, but it doesn’t install dependencies automatically. What we need is some package installer that can go out and fetch all required dependencies while installing a .deb package. The best one out there is gdebi. Install it using the following command:

apt-get install gdebi -y

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16. Enable Autologin user

It’s a simple change. Just open and edit the file called /etc/gdm3/daemon.conf, assuming you’re using GNOME Display Manager(gmd3) a your main Display Manager. You might want to try out other desktops as well.

root@kali:~# leafpad /etc/gdm3/daemon.conf

In the daemon section un-comment the 2 lines for automatic login. It should finally look like this

# Enabling automatic login
  AutomaticLoginEnable = true
  AutomaticLogin = root

That’s it. Too easy. In case you’re wondering how to use a different user than root, here’s how

# Enabling automatic login
  AutomaticLoginEnable = true
  AutomaticLogin = myanotheruser

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Last but not the least, reboot to check if it worked. (which it will, cause it’s Linux and Kali is awesome)


Credit goes to the original author.


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