Kali Metapackages

Kali Linux Metapackages

Metapackages give you the flexibility to install specific subsets of tools based on your particular needs. For instance, if you are going to conduct a wireless security assessment, you can quickly create a custom Kali ISO and include the kali-linux-wireless metapackage to only install the tools you need.

For more information, please refer to the updated and original blog posts.

kali-linux-core: Base Kali Linux System - core items that are always included
kali-linux-default: 'Default' desktop (AMD64/i386) images include these tools
kali-linux-light: Kali-Light images use this to be generated
kali-linux-arm: All tools suitable for ARM devices
kali-linux-nethunter: Tools used as part of Kali NetHunter
kali-tools-information-gathering: Used for Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) & information gathering
kali-tools-vulnerability: Vulnerability assessments tools
kali-tools-web: Designed doing web applications attacks
kali-tools-database: Based around any database attacks
kali-tools-passwords: Helpful for password cracking attacks - Online & offline
kali-tools-wireless: All tools based around Wireless protocols - 802.11, Bluetooth, RFID & SDR
kali-tools-reverse-engineering: For reverse engineering binaries
kali-tools-exploitation: Commonly used for doing exploitation
kali-tools-social-engineering: Aimed for doing social engineering techniques
kali-tools-sniffing-spoofing: Aimed for doing social engineering techniques
kali-tools-post-exploitation: Techniques for post exploitation stage
kali-tools-forensics: Forensic tools - Live & Offline
kali-tools-reporting: Reporting tools
kali-tools-gpu: Tools which benefit from having access to GPU hardware
kali-tools-hardware: Hardware hacking tools
kali-tools-crypto-stego: Tools based around Cryptography & Steganography
kali-tools-fuzzing: For fuzzing protocols
kali-tools-802-11: 802.11 (Commonly known as 'Wi-Fi')
kali-tools-bluetooth: For targeting Bluetooth devices
kali-tools-rfid: Radio-Frequency IDentification tools
kali-tools-sdr: Software-Defined Radio tools
kali-tools-voip: Voice over IP tools
kali-tools-windows-resources: Any resources which can be executed on a Windows hosts
kali-linux-large: Our previous default tools for AMD64/i386 images
kali-linux-everything: Every metapackage and tool listed here
kali-tools-top10: The most commonly used tools
kali-desktop-live: Used during a live session when booted from the image
kali-tools-headless: Tools which do not require a GUI in order to access them
offsec-awae: Advanced Web Attacks and Exploitation
offsec-pwk: Penetration Testing with Kali
kali-desktop-core: Any key tools required for a GUI image
kali-desktop-e17: Enlightenment (WM)
kali-desktop-gnome: GNOME (DE)
kali-desktop-i3: i3 (WM)
kali-desktop-kde: KDE (DE)
kali-desktop-lxde: LXDE (WM)
kali-desktop-mate: MATE (DE)
kali-desktop-xfce: XFCE (WM)

Systems

These metapackages are used when generating our images

kali-linux-default: 'Default' desktop (AMD64/i386) images include these tools
kali-linux-light: Kali-Light images use this to be generated
  • kali-linux-core

Kali Menu

These entries are based around the Kali menu

kali-tools-wireless: All tools based around Wireless protocols - 802.11, Bluetooth, RFID & SDR
  • kali-tools-802-11
  • kali-tools-bluetooth
  • kali-tools-rfid
kali-tools-reverse-engineering: For reverse engineering binaries
kali-tools-exploitation: Commonly used for doing exploitation
kali-tools-social-engineering: Aimed for doing social engineering techniques

Tools

These are tool listing based on the category and type

kali-tools-gpu: Tools which benefit from having access to GPU hardware
kali-tools-hardware: Hardware hacking tools
kali-tools-crypto-stego: Tools based around Cryptography & Steganography
kali-tools-fuzzing: For fuzzing protocols
kali-tools-bluetooth: For targeting Bluetooth devices
kali-tools-rfid: Radio-Frequency IDentification tools

Misc

Useful metapackages which are “one off” groupings

kali-linux-large: Our previous default tools for AMD64/i386 images
kali-linux-everything: Every metapackage and tool listed here
  • kali-linux-core
  • kali-linux-default
  • kali-linux-large
  • kali-linux-nethunter
  • kali-tools-802-11
  • kali-tools-bluetooth
  • kali-tools-database
  • kali-tools-exploitation
  • kali-tools-forensics
  • kali-tools-fuzzing
  • kali-tools-gpu
  • kali-tools-hardware
  • kali-tools-headless
  • kali-tools-information-gathering
  • kali-tools-passwords
  • kali-tools-post-exploitation
  • kali-tools-reporting
kali-desktop-live: Used during a live session when booted from the image
kali-tools-headless: Tools which do not require a GUI in order to access them

Courses

Tools used for Offensive Security’s courses


Desktop Managers

Desktop Environment (DE) & Window Manager (WM)

kali-desktop-core: Any key tools required for a GUI image
  • kali-archive-keyring
  • kali-debtags
  • kali-defaults
kali-desktop-e17: Enlightenment (WM)
kali-desktop-i3: i3 (WM)
  • kali-desktop-core
kali-desktop-kde: KDE (DE)
kali-desktop-lxde: LXDE (WM)
  • kali-desktop-core
kali-desktop-mate: MATE (DE)
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