Things I Did After Installing Kali Linux


Kali Linux is a Debian-derived Linux distribution designed for digital forensics and penetration testing. It is maintained and funded by Offensive Security Ltd. It was developed by Mati Aharoni and Devon Kearns of Offensive Security through the rewriting BackTrack, their previous forensics Linux distribution.

Kali Linux is the new generation of the industry-leading BackTrack Linux penetration testing and security auditing Linux distribution. Kali Linux is a complete re-build of BackTrack from the ground up, adhering completely to Debian development standards.

Here the list of things, I do after installing Kali Linux. Your requirement’s might be completely different. If you have a suggestion, let me know via comments section. You can comment without registering.. so that’s an easy way to give me feedback and opinion.

Here we go…….

Add Full Repository in Kali Linux:
#vi /etc/apt/source.list

deb /kali main contrib non-free
deb /wheezy main contrib non-free
deb kali-dev main contrib non-free
deb kali-dev main/debian-installer
deb-src kali-dev main contrib non-free
deb kali main contrib non-free
deb kali main/debian-installer
deb-src kali main contrib non-free
deb kali/updates main contrib non-free
deb-src kali/updates main contrib non-free

Update Repositories:

After you install brand new Kali Linux 1.0.6, the first thing you need to do is to update repositories and make sure you have the latest updates installed.

#apt-get clean && apt-get update && apt-get upgrade -y && apt-get dist-upgrade -y
Install Gnome Tweak Tool:

To install themes manually, we need to install a tool called Gnome Tweak Tool. But before you do that, please ensure you have the correct Kali Repositories added. You can follow my guide on adding official repositories in Kali Linux.

At this point I would assume you have the correct repositories added. So just type in the following command to install gnome-tweak-tool.

#apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool
Install Adobe Flash Plugin:

Flash player isn’t available by default , So you can install flash player easily from terminal

#apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree

#update-flashplugin-nonfree –install

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

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

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

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

You can now run then using the following commands:

nethogs eth0
nethogs wlan0

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

Install Cinnamon Desktop Environment:

Cinnamon is a GTK+-based desktop environment. It originally started as a fork of the GNOME Shell, which is a user interface, and was initially developed by (and for) Linux Mint.

#apt-get install kali-defaults kali-root-login desktop-base cinnamon

Installing Amarok:

Amarok: According to the developers of Amarok, users can now add the Tracks from the Recently Played List widget directly to the application, the Jamendo service now uses a higher quality MP3 format instead of Ogg Vorbis, the player now depends on Qt 4.8.3, and much more.

#apt-get install amarok

Compression/Decompression tools:

#vi /etc/apt/sources.list

deb wheezy main

#sudo apt-key adv –keyserver –recv-keys 68980A0EA10B4DE8 68980A0EA1B4DE8

#apt-get update

#apt-get install engrampa caja
Install qBittorent:

qBittorrent is a multi-platform lightweight but fully featured BitTorrent client. It’s authors claim it’s the closest open source (GNU GPL v2 license) equivalent to µTorrent.

#apt-get install qbittorrent

Install Wine:

Wine (originally an acronym for “Wine Is Not an Emulator”) is a compatibility layer capable of running Windows applications on several POSIX-compliant operating systems, such as Linux, Mac OSX, & BSD. Instead of simulating internal Windows logic like a virtual machine or emulator, Wine translates Windows API calls into POSIX calls on-the-fly, eliminating the performance and memory penalties of other methods and allowing you to cleanly integrate Windows applications into your desktop.
#dpkg –add-architecture i386

#apt-get update && apt-get install wine-bin:i386

Screenshot from 2014-03-13 04:31:16

Screenshot from 2014-03-13 20:07:16

Install Youtube-dl:

youtube-dl is a Python based small command-line tool that allows to download videos from, Dailymotion, Google Video, Photobucket, Facebook, Yahoo, Metacafe, Depositfiles and few more similar sites. It written in pygtk and requires Python interpreter to run this program, it’s not platform restricted. It should run on any Unix, Windows or in Mac OS X based systems.

#cd /usr/local


#tar xzf youtube-dl-2014.03.12.tar.gz

#cd youtube-dl

#ln youtube-dl /bin

#youtube-dl -U
Install Qmpp:

Qmpp is an light weight and fast audio-player, written with the help of the Qt library. The program has user interface, similar to winamp or xmms.

kali Repository doesn’t have qmpp, so we need to download it as source from their offical website


Before compiling Qmpp we need to install dependency packages

#libsndfile-dev libvorbis-dev libogg-dev libenca-dev libmad0-dev libid3tag0-dev libwavpack-dev libmpcdec-dev libmodplug-dev libavcodec-dev libavformat-dev libgme-dev libopus-dev libopusfile-dev

#cd qmpp-0.7.5



#make install

Screenshot from 2014-03-12 07:18:04

I am a graphical lover, so i tuned by desktop with gnome-tweak tool and downloaded some theme, icons, fonts for my kali desktop.
In my desktop,I used  kabayan fonts,  AwOken icons, and  delorean-dark-theme-G-3.9 theme.

Install Conky Manager

We will need to download a “*.deb” file conky manager. Download Link here  Or download it from the terminal  and install conky-manager.

For  32-bit


For 64-bit


#chmod +x conky-manager_1.2.0.1_amd64.deb

#dpkg -i conky-manager_1.2.0.1_amd64.deb

#apt-get install python-wnck

#apt-get install -f

Run conky manager -> application > accessories >conky manager

Screenshot from 2014-05-25 06:28:26


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