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How to Install Kali Linux in VirtualBox On Windows 2019

Before going to talk about the steps on how to install Kali Linux in VirtualBox on Windows, you must have some basic information about Linux and its versions.

What is Linux and Where Linux Came From?

Linux is an operating system that acts as an intermediary between the hardware and the software as like any other operating system “Windows” but the software that you run on Linux is not the same software that you run on Windows. Linux normally runs servers, a web server or a database server or a virtualization server, etc.

Linux operating system was created between 1991 to 1994 by Linus Torvalds and he made it an open source for people around the world to use it. After that big companies and institutions created their own versions of Linux, so now we have Red Hat Linux, smartphone operating systems that’s a version of Linux and many more versions available now.

In Linux every distribution is built to do things in certain ways so, before installing Linux you are going to decide which type of Linux operating system do you need because different types of Linux perform different tasks and actions. For instance, Trust Linux is one solid secure solid server that it can’t be hacked and it can’t get any virus.

Top 10 Linux Distributions

  1. Kali Linux
  2. Ubuntu
  3. Fedora
  4. Linux Mint
  5. openSUSE
  6. PCLinuxOS
  7. Debian
  8. Mandriva
  9. Sabayon/Gentoo
  10. Arch Linux…Plus Slackware

Kali Linux

Kali Linux is a Debian-based Linux distribution aimed at advanced Penetration Testing and Security Auditing. Kali contains several hundred tools that are geared towards various information security tasks, such as Penetration Testing, Security research, Computer Forensics, and Reverse Engineering. Kali Linux is developed, funded and maintained by Offensive Security, a leading information security training company.

Kali Linux was released on the 13th March 2013 as a complete, top-to-bottom rebuild of BackTrack Linux, adhering completely to Debian development standards. The latest Kali Linux 2019.1 was released on February 18, 2019, which is available for immediate download.

How to Install Kali Linux in VirtualBox On Windows

Initially download the required files to install Kali Linux in VirtualBox on Windows

Be sure to download the Kali Linux VirtualBox Image, not the VMware image as marked in the picture. You can direct download it using IDM or torrent download When you downloaded all the required files then begin installing Kali Linux on Windows following the steps below.

Step 1. Install VirtualBox

VirtualBox is an open-source virtualization software for Mac, Windows, Linux, and Solaris. If you are about to install and test Kali Linux on Virtual on Windows, you need to download & Install the latest version of VirtualBox. Download it from the link given and install it on your Windows.

Step 2. Import and Install Kali Linux on VirtualBox

When you install VirtualBox and downloaded the Kali Linux Image, the next step is to import the image on VirtualBox. Follow the following instructions.

  • Start VirtualBox, go to Tools and Click on Import button.
  • Browse the Downloaded OVA File Open it and click Next.
  • Within the Appliance Settings, everything is pre-configured and you don’t need to change anything here, just click Import.
  • Importing the Kali Linux Image will take up to 3 minutes, also depending on your system. When it’s imported, click the Start button.

Step 3. Type User Name and Password

  • When you start Kali Linux On VirtualBox it asks for Username and Password. The default user name is root and password is the opposite toor. When you entered the username and password click Sign in.


If you get an error “Failed to open a session for the Virtual machine” after starting Kali Linux on VirtualBox. Indeed, this means that you won’t be able to use the USB port in the virtual machine, hence, disable it from the settings of the VirtualBox and then restart Kali Linux.

Now you have installed Kali Linux in VirtualBox on Windows.


I hope the steps helped you to install Kali Linux in VirtualBox on Windows. If you face any error meanwhile installing please put it in the comment section below, we will find a solution for it.

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Quinn August 18, 2019 at 2:52 am

I keep getting this error E_INVALIDARG (0x80070057) every time I try importing Kali. What do I do?

seth May 19, 2019 at 3:38 pm

Content is very useful and informative. Thanks for helping mate!

Ali Hussaini April 28, 2019 at 1:02 pm

It was great and helpful article

Bismo April 28, 2019 at 9:26 pm

I am glad it helped you Mr. Ali Hussaini.


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