How to Install Kali Linux on VirtualBox – PC?

How to Install Kali Linux on VirtualBox

Installing Kali Linux operating system on various machine need some skills. I’m sure most of the PC (Personal Computer) users don’t know, how to install Kali Linux on Virtual Box or other virtualisation software. In this article, I want to show you how to install Kali Linux on VirtualBox in PC. The upcoming article, I’ll lead you, how to install Kali Linux on VirtualBox in a Mac environment.

How to Create a New Virtual Machine?

We have explained in details to create a new virtual machine on VirtualBox. In today’s article, I will do it once again that you should understand it easily. First, you must download the following requirements.

Step #1. Once the downloading is completed, install the VirtualBox on your Windows PC. The installation is straightforward and simple. Double-click on the setup then hit continue until it gets finished. Now, open up the VirtualBox then click on the “New” at the upper left-hand side of the window.

A new window will pop up, choose a proper name for Kali Linux. Next, you have to select the type of operating system. When you type the Kali Linux, it’ll automatically set up all the necessary options. If it does not set up, so you have to do it manually. Click “Next” button.

Create New Virtual Machine

Create a New Virtual Machine

Step #2. Choose at least 2 GB of memory size then hit the “Next” button.

Choose Memory Size

Choose Memory Size

Step #3. Create a new virtual hard disk. Select the second option “Create a new virtual hard disk now“. Hit the “Create” button.

Create a New Virtual Hard Disk Now

Create a New Virtual Hard Disk Now

Step #4. A new window will be shown to you and choose the first option “VirtualBox Disk Image” then tap on the “Next” button.

Har Disk File Type

Har Disk File Type

Step #5. Here, you have two options “Dynamic and Fixed Size“. A dynamic allocated hard disk file will only use space on your physical hard disk as it fills up it’ll take space from the main hard drive. If you choose the “Fixed Size“, it’ll cut some space from the physical hard drive when the size is filled. You can’t get space from the physical hard disk. I recommend you to choose the dynamic hard disk.

Storage on Physical Har Disk

Storage on Physical Har Disk

Step #6. In this step, choose the amount of space for the hard disk. If you’ve selected fixed size hard drive so at least 15 GB, you should select the size of the hard disk.

File Location and Size

File Location and Size

Step #7.  Now, you’ve successfully created a new virtual machine, but it’s not finished yet. Click on the VirtualBox “Settings“. Navigate to the “Display tab” then increase the “Video Memory“.

Setting Video Memory

Setting Video Memory

Step #8. Click on the “Storage tab” then tap on DVD icon. A small window will pop, choose “Choose Disk“. Now, Choose the Kali Linux ISO file that you’ve downloaded from its site.

Choose an Operating System

Choose an Operating System

It’s done now. Click the “OK” button to end up the creating a new virtual machine process.

Install Kali Linux on VirtualBox

Now that you’ve successfully created a new virtual machine let’s get started that how to install Kali Linux on VirtualBox in PC. Open the VirtualBox then select the Kali Linux virtual machine. Tap on the “Start” button at the top.

Start Virtual Machine

Start Virtual Machine

Step #1. When you start the virtual machine, the Kali Linux will pop up. They’re three options to choose.

  1. Use Kali Linux live
  2. Install
  3. Graphical install

Here, I’m going to show you a clean graphical installation of Kali Linux. So I’m going to choose the third option “Graphical Install“. If you choose the only “Install” options so you’ll not see a pretty nice graphical user interface instead there will be black with a terminal user interface.

Graphical Linux Installation

Graphical Linux Installation

Step #2. In this step, you’re going to choose a language, keyboard, and Location. Hit the “Continue” button.

Choose Language

Choose Language

Step #3. Choose a hostname. The hostname is a single word that identifies your system to the network. The hostname is the person who will use the operating system and have full control over it.

Choose Hostname

Choose Hostname

Step #4. Choose a domain name. If you don’t have a domain, then skip this process.

Choose Domain Name

Choose Domain Name

Step #5. Try to type a strong password for the root user. A strong password contains upper case letter, lower case letter, and symbols.

Enter Password

Enter Password

Step #6. Select a proper time zone for your operating system.

Select the Time Zone

Select the Time Zone

Step #7. Now, you need to create a new partition. Click on “Manual“.

Select Manual Partition

Select Manual Partition

Step #8. Once you’ve chosen the manual partitioning. Now, select the third option “SCSI1 (0,0,0) (sda) -56.8 GB ATA VBOX HARDDISK“.

Create New Partition

Create a New Partition

Step #9. In this step, select the “Yes” button to continue the partitioning process.

Create New Partition for Kali Linux

Create New Partition for Kali Linux

Step #10. Choose the free space then hit the continue button.

Select the Partition

Select the Partition

Step #11. Select “Create a new partition” then hit the “Continue” button.

Select Create a new partition

Select Create a new partition

Step #12. You can create a partition or create multiple partitions. Choose the size of the partition. Here I’ll create three partitions. So my first drive will be 40 GB.

New Partition Size

New Partition Size

Step #13. Choose primary or logical, then hit the “Continue” button.

Primary Partition

Primary Partition

Step #14. Please select whether you want the new partition to be created at the beginning or at the end of the available space. Choose the first option “Beginning” then hit “Continue“.

Location for the New Partition

Location for the New Partition

Step #15. Now, choose “Done setting up the partition“.

Done Setting up the Partitioning

Done Setting up the Partitioning

Create the other partition the same. Please remember one thing that creates one partition for “Swap area“. This partition should be at least 1 GB.

Once you created all the partitions. Choose “Finish partitioning and write changes to the disk“. Hit the “Continue” button.

Finish Partitioning

Finish Partitioning

Step #16. Do you want to write changes to the disk? Click “Yes“.

Write Changes to the Disk

Write Changes to the Disk

The operating system will start installing. Wait for some minutes. It’ll take around 10 to 20 minutes. This depends on the speed of your computer.

Step #17. Do you want to use the disk mirror? Click “No“.

Use a Network Mirror

Use a Network Mirror

Step #18. Install the GRUP boot loader on the hard disk. Click “Yes“.

Install the GRUB Boot Loader

Install the GRUB Boot Loader

Step #19. When you clicked “Yes“, a new window will be shown to you. Choose the second option and hit the “Continue” button.

Device for Boot Loader Installation

Device for Boot Loader Installation

After this, your computer will restart, and you’ll be asked to enter the username and password. The username is “root“, and the password is whatever you’ve entered in step 5.

Kali Linux Installation

Kali Linux Installation

Conclusion

This was a complete guide on how to create a new virtual machine and install Kali Linux on VirtualBox in PC. If you have any question regarding this article, feel free to ask below this post. Thanks for being with us.

Mukhtar Jafari is the CEO of wikigain.com and he is a blog writer on different technology platforms such as Android, iOS, PC and Macintosh. He would like to share his experiences with IT enthusiast via this blog. He loves IT stuff and currently studying CCNA, Linux and MCSA.

69 Comments

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  2. Nour Reply

    I installed vmbox + Linux Kali on my Windows 7 64.
    I switched of Hyper-v and avtivate Virtual disk in Bios. Despite i installed it correctly according to the instalkation guide, Windows does a
    Startup repair. I installed it twice but Windows keep booting in startup repair. Is there a possibility to boot Linux Kali from a Usb without Windows interfere or is there another solution? Can you please help me out?

  3. Fii Reply

    Am using 32bit windows 8 laptop. i have downloaded the Kali linux ISO, any time i try the settings running with Oracle VM the feedback i get is “failed to open the disk image file C:\Users\Users\Downloads\Kali-Linux-2017.1-i386.img.iso.

    1. rafael Reply

      it appears that this kernel requires an x86-x64, but only detected an i686 cpu unable to boot – please use a kernel appropriate for your cpu

  4. Gurkirat Reply

    Please help me,
    I have created a virtual machine for kali linux as per the instructions and when I click on start it shows me an error saying,
    “Failed to open a session for the virtual machine Kali.

    The virtual machine ‘Kali’ has terminated unexpectedly during startup with exit code 1 (0x1). More details may be available in ‘C:\Users\XXXX\VirtualBox VMs\Kali\Logs\VBoxHardening.log’.

    Result Code: E_FAIL (0x80004005)
    Component: MachineWrap
    Interface: IMachine {b2547866-a0a1-4391-8b86-6952d82efaa0}”
    What should i do?
    please help…

  5. felly Reply

    I get this message “installation step failed. You can try to run the failing item again from the menu, or skip it and choose something else. The failing step is: install the system” please what can I do?

  6. Frank Reply

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  7. punit Reply

    Thanks man it worked for me, i tried to run kali on my machine for past 4 months but only this article was able to help to me. Thanks man, thank you so much, i wish i could learn more from you, do you have an email id where i can contact you? Well thanks again 🙂

  8. Pinaxx Reply

    Hi Mukhtar, I have installed the kali linux but now I want to use windows as my default operating system. How can I do that, its becoz I do occasionally use linux but I want to keep my windows as tge default platform. Will uvplease help me??
    Btw superb article n its so detailed…. …thank u so much

  9. animesh Reply

    Whem im open kali linux in virtual box and go to install graphics then always show this “This kenral requires an x86-64 cpu ,but only detected an i686 cpu. Unable to boot- please use a kenral appropriate for you cpu.

  10. Knytro Reply

    Hi Mukhtar, are the Kali Linux guest additions part of the ISO that I have to download?
    great article btw, very helpful.
    Knytro

    1. Faiz Orz Reply

      Okay, now open Run window then type diskmgmt.msc and hit enter. From the disk management console delete the local drive.
      Watch this video for more update.
      Updated: The video is removed from YouTube 'Sorry for the inconvenience guys'

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