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How to install Kali Linux on VMWare Player

This is a simple step by step guide. You will learn “How to install kali linux on VMWare Workstation Player”

About VMWare Workstation Player

It is free only for personal purposes. There is also available more advanced version called “VMWare Workstation.

VMWare Workstation Player install on linux (Debian based, ubuntu etc.)

Download it, Click here

Open your downloads folder with terminal

cd ~/Downloads

Then we need to change file permissions to make it executable, find the file with your file manager and copy the name.

chmod a+x VMware-Player-yourversionhere.bundle

Execute it by typing:


Follow the installation instructions and install the software

Installation on Windows

Just download it and double click it, and install as any other software. Download:Click here

How to install Kali Linux on VMWare Player

1. Download official Kali Linux ISO Image from here

2. Select your the .iso image you just downloaded, click “Next”


3. Then select “Linux” -> “Debian 8.x 64-bit” (or 32-bit if you downloaded 32-bit iso image).


4. Select the Virtual Machine location of your choice and name it.

5. Select your virtual disk size. VMWare recommends 20GB for Debian systems, if you are going to use Kali for cracking you should make it 40-50GB so the large wordlists will fit on the virtual drive. You are able to enlarge the disk later, but not shrink it!

Click on “store virtual disk as a single file” if you’re not going to move the drive to another computer. Splitting to multiple files may reduce performance of your virtual machine


6. Click on “Customize hardware…” and change the RAM atleast to 2048MB (2GB). I would recommend 4-6gb depending on your hardwares RAM capacity. I have 16GB so I will make it 6GB. 1GB = 1024 MB so 6GB = 6144 MB

I don’t recommend changing anything else, just close and fire up the virtual machine.


Installing the system

7. After starting it up, use your keys to go to “Install” part and press enter to start the installation.

8. Select language, region and your keymap

9. Select your hostname. As kali says, you can make something up unless you’re going to set up your own home network. Same goes for domain.

10. Set your root password

11. Select your time zone.

12. Select the first option “Guided – use the entire disk”

13. Partitionin scheme: select first option

14. Just accept everything and wait the installation to complete, then Login with username: root and with the password you just made up.

15. Happy hacking with Kali Linux!

My tutorials are only made for educational purposes, please do not harm anyone elses machines.

Thank you for following my tutorial till the end!

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