Kali Linux Tools

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Kali Linux provides multiple metapackages that allow us to easily install subsets of tools based on our particular needs.

These metapackages allow for easy installation of certain tools in a specific field, or alternatively, for the installation of a full Kali suite.

All of the Kali metapackages follow a particular naming convention, starting with “kali-linux” so if you want to see which metapackages are available, you can search for them as follows:

apt-get update && apt-cache search kali-linux


Completely bare-bones installation of Kali Linux and includes various network services such as Apache and SSH, the Kali kernel, and a number of version control applications like git, svn, etc.

apt-get install kali-linux


When you download a Kali Linux ISO, you are essentially downloading an installation that has the kali-linux-full metapackage installed. This package includes all of the tools you are familiar with in Kali.

apt-get install kali-linux-full


If you want to install every available Kali Linux package, you can install the kali-linux-all metapackage.

apt-get install kali-linux-all


The kali-linux-top10 metapackage will install all of these tools for you in one fell swoop.

apt-get install kali-linux-top10


Contains the forensics tools in Kali.

apt-get install kali-linux-forensic


GPU utilities are very powerful but need special hardware in order to function correctly. You can install them all at once with kali-linux-gpu and get cracking.

apt-get install kali-linux-gpu


The kali-linux-pwtools metapackage contains over 40 different password cracking utilities as well as the GPU tools contained in kali-linux-gpu.

apt-get install kali-linux-pwtools


Contains all of the RFID tools available in Kali Linux.

apt-get install kali-linux-rfid


Contains a large selection of tools for your Software Defined Radio hacking needs.

apt-get install kali-linux-sdr


A dedicated kali-linux-voip metapackage with 20+ tools.

apt-get install kali-linux-voip


Contains dozens of tools related to web application hacking.

apt-get install kali-linux-web


Contains all the tools you’ll need in one easy to install package.

apt-get install kali-linux-wireless

Metapackage contents

To see the list of tools included in a metapackage:

apt-cache show kali-linux-web | grep Depends