Kali Linux in Linode

In this article, we are going to learn about how to install Kali Linux in Linode’s Cloud. A few months ago, Linode reached out to us asking “What would be needed in order to get Kali added to Linode?”. We explained to them how all the build-scripts that we used to create Kali are public, and what their different options and configurations mean. They went away and came back shortly with an image for us to try out! After a bit of testing, we can now say “Kali is in Linode… (Twice)”!

How to get Kali

Twice? You can get Kali two ways. Either:

  • Create a new Linode and select Kali as the Distribution. This gives you a bare install of Kali without any tools.
  • Alternatively, go to Linode’s marketplace, and select Kali, and scroll down…

Install Kali Linux in Linode

Using Linode’s marketplace allows you to customize your Kali installation directly in the web browser! You will be asked a series of questions allowing you to personalize the installation, without having to SSH in, such as as “which metapackages to install (none, default, or everything)” or “do you want GUI access (via VNC)”? That’s pretty cool right?! Kali Linux in Linode's Cloud Which option is best? That depends on you. Some people like to have a bare install, without any tools, and as little packages as possible. You can install whichever package you want. This will reduce the running cost of the cloud instance and help you understand your system environment better. However, if you want to get going as quickly as possible, or be in a more familiar graphical environment (using Xfce), then the market place option may be better! kali-and-linode Kali Linux on Linode Cloud Kali is free in Linode’s marketplace, the only cost is the running cost of a Cloud instance. How much is that? That depends on the system requirements you pick! There aren’t any extra changes for using Kali. What’s the username/password to connect? That depends! The username will be root (by default), and the password will be what you set during setup. You can also use SSH keys if you selected one during setup also. If you installed via the marketplace, you can also use VNC details you entered. It goes without saying, also make sure you have permission. Make sure to read the Linode’s small print, read over their security page and open up a Linode ticket if you need it in writing! If you want more to read, check Linode’s blog postLinode’s documentation, as well as Kali’s documentation.


  • This article was written only for educational purposes.
  • The author can not be held any responsibility for damage caused by the use of these resources.
  • You will not use this information to gain unauthorized access or any other legal activity.

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