Kali Linux is a popular operating system among cybersecurity professionals and hackers alike. It is designed for penetration testing and security auditing – and it comes preloaded with a variety of tools – to help you identify vulnerabilitiesof Operating Systems and test “Security Measures“.
If you’re looking to install Kali Linux on your Chromebook, you’re in luck. Chromebooks can run Linux, and Kali Linux – No exception. In this blog post – I will walk you through the steps you need to take to install Kali Linux on your Chromebook.
Install Kali Linux on Chromebook: Step-by-Step Guide:
Step 1: Enable Developer Mode on Your Chromebook
The first thing you need to do is enable “Developer Mode” on your Chromebook. This will allow you to access the command line, which you’ll need to use to install Linux.
To enable developer mode, follow these steps:
- Press and hold the Esc + Refresh keys on your keyboard.
- While holding down those keys, press the Power button.
- When your Chromebook turns on, it will display a message telling you that Chrome OS is missing or damaged. Ignore this message.
- Press Ctrl + D to enter developer mode.
- Your Chromebook will now reboot and enter developer mode. This may take a few minutes.
Note: Enabling developer mode will erase all the data on your Chromebook. Be sure to back up any important files before proceeding.
Step 2: Install Crouton
Crouton is a tool that allows you to install Linux alongside Chrome OS on your Chromebook. It’s a simple process, and it will allow you to switch between Chrome OS and Linux with just a few keystrokes.
To install Crouton, follow these steps:
- Open the Chrome browser on your Chromebook.
- Download the Crouton extension from the Chrome Web Store.
- Open a terminal window by pressing: Ctrl + Alt + T.
- Type “shell” and press Enter.
- Type “sudo sh ~/Downloads/crouton -t xfce” (without the quotes) and press Enter. This will install Linux with the XFCE desktop environment. If you want to install a different desktop environment, replace “xfce” with the name of the environment you want to install (e.g. “kde”, “gnome”, “unity”, etc.).
- Wait for the installation to complete. This may take several minutes.
- Type “sudo startxfce4” (without the quotes) and press Enter. This will start the Linux desktop.
Note: You can switch between Chrome OS and Linux by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Shift + Back or Ctrl + Alt + Shift + Forward.
Step 3: Download and Install Kali Linux
Now that you have finished installing Linux on your Chromebook, you can download and install “Kali Linux”.
To download and install Kali Linux – follow these steps:
- Open a terminal window in Linux by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T.
- Type “sudo apt-get update” (without the quotes) and press Enter. This will update the package list.
- Type “sudo apt-get install kali-linux” (without the quotes) and press Enter. This will download and install Kali Linux.
Note: The installation process may take a while depending on your internet speed.
Step 4: Run Kali Linux
Once Kali Linux is installed, you can run it by opening a terminal window in Linux and typing
- “sudo startxfce4″ (without the quotes).
This will start the Linux desktop, and you can access Kali Linux from there.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Is it safe to install Kali Linux on a Chromebook?
A: Yes, it is safe to install Kali Linux on a Chromebook.
Q: Will installing Kali Linux on my Chromebook void my warranty?
A: Installing Kali Linux on your Chromebook will not void your warranty. If you encounter any issues with your Chromebook after installing Kali Linux. – You may need to restore the original firmware to receive support from the manufacturer.
Q: Can I install Kali Linux alongside Chrome OS?
A: Yes, you can install Kali Linux alongside Chrome OS using the Crouton tool; this will allow you to switch between the two Operating-Systems with just a few keystrokes.
Q: Do I need to have prior experience with Linux to install Kali Linux on my Chromebook?
A: No, you do not need to have prior experience with Linux to install Kali Linux on your Chromebook. However, it is recommended that you have some familiarity with the command line and basic Linux commands.
Q: What if I want to remove Kali Linux from my Chromebook?
A: To remove Kali Linux from your Chromebook, simply open a terminal window in Linux and type “sudo delete-chroot [name]” (without the quotes), where [name] is the name of the chroot you want to delete. This will remove the Kali Linux installation from your Chromebook.
Q: Can I run Kali Linux on any Chromebook?
A: Kali Linux can run on most Chromebooks that support Linux. However, some Chromebooks may not have the necessary hardware to support certain features of Kali Linux. It’s recommended that you check the Kali Linux documentation to ensure that your Chromebook is compatible.
Installing Kali Linux on your Chromebook is a great way to explore the world of cybersecurity and penetration testing.
Note: Installing Kali Linux on your Chromebook may void your warranty and could potentially cause issues with your device.
As always, I will recommended that you back up your data before attempting any kind of installation or modification to your device.