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Install Kali Linux Tools Using Katoolin In Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

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This tutorial walk you through installing Kali Linux Tools using Katoolin in Ubuntu. For those who don't know, Katoolin is a Python script which is used to install all Kali Linux tools at once or manually one by one. Kali Linux has more than 300 penetration testing tools. Instead of installing all tools, you can install only selective tools of your choice in your Linux box using Katoolin. If you ever wanted to try the Kali Linux tools on Ubuntu or any other DEB based systems, you should give Katoolin a try. It will add Kali Linux repositories in your Ubuntu system, so that you can either install all pentesting tools at once or install only what is necessary. Katoolin is completely free, open source and is officially tested on Debian based systems.

Installing Katoolin in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

I have tested Katoolin in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS server edition. However, It should work on other Ubuntu versions and derivatives.

Make sure you have installed the following prerequisites in your Ubuntu system.

  • Python 2.7.
  • Git.

These packages are available in the default repositories of Ubuntu, so you can install them using apt package manager.

$ sudo apt-get install python git

Also, make sure you have enabled [universe] repository.

$ sudo add-apt-repository universe

Here is my test machine details:

python and git version

python and git version

Well, we have everything in place. After installing the prerequisites, install Katoolin as shown below:

$ git clone https://github.com/LionSec/katoolin.git

The above command will clone the katoolin repository in a folder named "katoolin" your current working directory.

Next, copy the Katoolin binary to your path, for example /usr/bin/, as shown below.

$ sudo cp katoolin/katoolin.py /usr/bin/katoolin

Finally, make Katoolin binary file as executable:

$ sudo chmod +x /usr/bin/katoolin

We have now installed Katoolin. Let us go ahead and see how to use it.

Install Kali Linux Tools Using Katoolin

All commands should be run as root user or with sudo privileges.

To launch Katoolin, run the following command:

$ sudo katoolin

This is how katoolin command line interface looks like.

 $$ |$$ / $$$$$$\ $$$$$$\ $$$$$$\ $$$$$$\ $$ |$$\ $$$$$$$\ 
 $$$$$ / \____$$\ \_$$ _| $$ __$$\ $$ __$$\ $$ |$$ |$$ __$$\ 
 $$ $$< $$$$$$$ | Kali linux tools installer |$$ |$$ |$$ | $$ |
 $$ |\$$\ $$ __$$ | $$ |$$\ $$ | $$ |$$ | $$ |$$ |$$ |$$ | $$ |
 $$ | \$$\ \$$$$$$$ | \$$$$ |\$$$$$$ |\$$$$$$ |$$ |$$ |$$ | $$ |
 \__| \__| \_______| \____/ \______/ \______/ \__|\__|\__| \__| V1.1

 + -- -- +=[ Author: LionSec | Homepage: www.lionsec.net
 + -- -- +=[ 331 Tools

[W] Before updating your system , please remove all Kali-linux repositories to avoid any kind of problem .

1) Add Kali repositories & Update 
2) View Categories
3) Install classicmenu indicator
4) Install Kali menu
5) Help

kat >
Launch Katoolin

Launch Katoolin

As you see above, Katoolin main interface has four options. Enter the number to open the respective sub-menu. Let us see one by one.

1. Add Kali repositories & update

This option will let you to add the kali Linux repositories to your Linux system. To do so, type 1 (Number 1) to add the repositories.

1) Add Kali repositories & Update 
2) View Categories
3) Install classicmenu indicator
4) Install Kali menu
5) Help

kat > 1
Add Kali Repositories

Add Kali Repositories

A sub-menu will open. Again, type 1 to add the Kali-linux repositories.

1) Add kali linux repositories
2) Update
3) Remove all kali linux repositories
4) View the contents of sources.list file

What do you want to do ?> 1

Then, type 2 to update the repositories:

1) Add kali linux repositories
2) Update
3) Remove all kali linux repositories
4) View the contents of sources.list file

What do you want to do ?> 2

Type 3 to if you want to remove the added kali-linux repositories, and type 4 to view the contents of sources.list file.

To go back to the previous menu, type back and press ENTER.

What do you want to do ?> back
1) Add Kali repositories & Update 
2) View Categories
3) Install classicmenu indicator
4) Install Kali menu
5) Help

kat >

To go back to the main menu, type gohome and hit ENTER.

kat > gohome
1) Add Kali repositories & Update 
2) View Categories
3) Install classicmenu indicator
4) Install Kali menu
5) Help

kat >

2. Categories

To view all the list of available categories, type 2 from the main menu.

kat > 2
**************************** All Categories *****************************
1) Information Gathering			8) Exploitation Tools
2) Vulnerability Analysis			9) Forensics Tools
3) Wireless Attacks				10) Stress Testing
4) Web Applications				11) Password Attacks
5) Sniffing & Spoofing				12) Reverse Engineering
6) Maintaining Access				13) Hardware Hacking
7) Reporting Tools 				14) Extra
0) All
Select a category or press (0) to install all Kali linux tools .

As you see in the above output, there are 14 categories are available. You can either install all of them at once, or install any specific category by entering the respective category number.

To install all kali Linux tools, type 0 (zero) and press ENTER key. This will install all tools. It will take a while depending upon the Internet speed. Also, make sure you have sufficient space available in your hard drive. Installing all Kali Linux might consume a lot of disk space.

If you don't all tools, just install only what you want to use. Say for example, to install tools under category Exploitation tools, type 8 and press ENTER. It will display a sub menu and list all available packages in this category. You can install all tools in that category by typing 0 (zero), or type any specific number to install the particular tool under the Exploitation tools category.

kat > 8

=+[ Exploitation Tools

1) Armitage
 2) Backdoor Factory
 3) BeEF
 4) cisco-auditing-tool
 5) cisco-global-exploiter 
 6) cisco-ocs
 7) cisco-torch
 8) commix
 9) crackle
10) jboss-autopwn
11) Linux Exploit Suggester
12) Maltego Teeth
13) SET
14) ShellNoob
15) sqlmap
16) THC-IPV6
17) Yersinia

0) Install all Exploitation Tools

Insert the number of the tool to install it .

kat >

To go back to previous menu, type back, and to go back to main menu, type gohome.

3. Install ClassicMenu indicator

ClassicMenu Indicator is a notification area applet for the top panel of Ubuntu desktop environment. It provides a simple way to get a classic GNOME-style application menu for those who prefer this over the Unity dash menu. Like the classic GNOME menu, it includes Wine games and applications if you have those installed.

To install it, type 3 and press ENTER and then type y to confirm and install it.

4. Install Kali menu

To install Kali Menu, type 4 and type y to confirm the installation.

Once you done with Katoolin, press ‘Ctrl + C’ to exit from it.

kat > ^CShutdown requested...Goodbye...

And, that's all. As you can see, Katoolin is very easy and straight forward tool that provides an easy way to install Kali Linux tools in your Ubuntu Linux box. You don't always need Kali Linux to try all forensics, penetration and security testing tools. Katoolin will do it for you in any DEB-based Linux systems easily. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.

I tested this guide on latest Ubuntu 18.04 LTS server and it worked well as described above. If you have any questions/problems, please look into the comment section below. Some of our readers have posted solutions for various problems they have encountered while testing Katoolin. If you still can't find a solution, please post a new comment or file an issue in the official GitHub page.


It seems that Katoolin is not being updated regularly (the last commit was April, 2019) and it doesn't work in recent Ubuntu versions. The Caveats started adding up due to lack of maintenance. Fortunately, someone has taken up the torch and is keeping a very stable branch of katoolin. Say hello to Katoolin3, a fork of Katoolin, that helps you to get your favorite Kali Linux tools on Debian, Ubuntu and its derivatives like Linux Mint. For more details, refer the following guide.


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Bruce Ferrell April 27, 2017 - 5:12 am

While instructions for other than apt-get based distros are presented, implying this script will work for them, the katoolin.py script has ONLY apt commands coded.

Not a very good article

SK April 27, 2017 - 1:26 pm

You’re completely right. It’s my mistake. I have updated the guide now. Thanks for pointing it out. Much appreciated!.

James Cage April 28, 2017 - 11:35 am

It will be available for macOS?

SK April 28, 2017 - 11:38 am

No. It is only for apt-get based systems.

Rooter July 7, 2018 - 9:01 am

Works great i like it, tho may i ask i hope it doesn’t crash the OS after installations of the tools ?

sk July 7, 2018 - 11:42 am

As far as I tested it, It didn’t crash any existing tools/applications.

Rooter July 8, 2018 - 12:41 am

Yeah have tested it and it works smoothly thanks.

Kevin Spitzer October 12, 2018 - 7:42 am

Stops me from installing all , because it says it can’t find w3af source. And even when I install w3af I still get the message.

Please update the source for w3af.

Thank you

James Cracklin October 18, 2018 - 3:24 am

everytime I run the git clone and cp line it says that the directory already exists and is not an empty directory but when I try to run the chmod line it says no such file or directory. When I try to run the program itself it says katoolin: command not found. I am running Ubuntu 18.04 and I have come to realize their is alot of things that does not work in Ubuntu 18.04.

sk October 18, 2018 - 1:17 pm

I tested it today on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS server and it works just fine as described. Please update your Ubuntu system, make sure you have installed Python 2.7 and try to install Katoolin. I hope it will work.

Kent October 22, 2018 - 4:51 am

you didn’t run the git clone with sudo privilages, you will have to rm -r the directory and rerun into with the sudo before git clone

Mudd May 23, 2019 - 10:14 pm

rm is the remove command how malicious kent

ME November 12, 2018 - 8:58 am

Hey there, great article! I’m running into an issue where anytime I select the option to Add kali linux repositories, I receive the following error:

gpg: keyserver receive failed: no data

Mike November 13, 2018 - 6:04 pm

The following solution worked for me :

I went with the option of checking my dns settings and added my local dns server ‘nameserver’ and google’s ‘nameserver’. Then restart your system.

Heinz November 25, 2018 - 5:02 pm

Hi, I can’t install all kali linux tools. When i am trying to install all tolls there appears 4 Errors.
E: Unable to locate package vega
E: Package ‘w3af’ has no installation canditate
E: Unable to locate package http-tunnel
E: Unable to locate package magictree

sk November 26, 2018 - 12:36 pm

If you use Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, enable universe repository and try again.

Tizzybankz January 13, 2019 - 10:46 am

I am using Ubuntu 16.04 and try to install all the kali tools I get these error

E: unable to locate package acccheck
E: unable to locate package Vega
E: unable to locate package http-tunnel
E: unable to locate package magictree

Yet I updated my sources.list any solution for this will be appreciated.

OKarin January 21, 2019 - 9:14 am

Hi, i`m using ubuntu 18.04, I did all this successfully, and installed the aplications, how can I start the kali linux with all app I installed with the vmware?

Jamie February 5, 2019 - 10:03 am

I have followed your instructions for installing Katoolin . I am using Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS. I execute the command sudo katoolin and then ask it to add the repositories and then update. It doesn’t appear to update the repository with Kali sources. I added the kali repositories manually to the sources.list. This was the result when I updated –Err:5 http://kali.download/kali kali-rolling InRelease
The following signatures couldn’t be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY ED444FF07D8D0BF6
Has Kali’s repositories changed or are they not available anymore?

sk February 5, 2019 - 12:05 pm

Please try this and let us know if it works. I will update the guide accordingly. https://superuser.com/questions/1292178/error-after-running-kali-linux-update-command

TIF April 12, 2019 - 5:32 am

This worked for me

(Which is similar to the answer below)

sk April 12, 2019 - 11:38 am

Thanks for your update.

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