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KaliBrowser – Run Kali Linux Directly In Your Web Browser

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Good news for ethical hackers, security researchers, penetration testers and all ethical hacking learners! You can now run Kali Linux, one of the popular and advanced Linux distribution specially designed for penetration testing and ethical hacking, directly on your Web browser, regardless of any operating system you use. Meet KaliBrowser, a new project developed by Security Analyst Mr.Jerry Gamblin for ethical hackers. You don't have to install kali Linux on your system. All you need is a system with a web browser and docker installed. Just download the KaliBrowser docker image and start playing with Kali Linux operating system inside your web browser.

Run KaliBrowser

KaliBrowser is actually a docker image built with Kali Linux DockerOpenBox, and NoVNC HTML5 VNC client. So, in order to run KaliBrowser, you need to install Docker first.

Install Docker on APT-based and YUM-based systems:

To install Docker on Ubuntu or CentOS, check the following links.

Install Docker on Arch Linux and derivatives:

Docker is available in Arch Linux official repositories.

To install Docker on Arch Linux and its derivatives, run:

$ sudo pacman -S docker

Then, start and enable the Docker service as shown below.

$ sudo systemctl start docker
$ sudo systemctl enable docker

Download and run KaliBrowser

Run the following command to download and KaliBroswer docker image.

$ sudo docker run -d -t -i -p 6080:6080 jgamblin/kalibrowser

Sample output:

Unable to find image 'jgamblin/kalibrowser:latest' locally
latest: Pulling from jgamblin/kalibrowser

b2860afd831e: Pull complete 
340395ad18db: Pull complete 
d4ecedcfaa73: Pull complete 
22fd4cf3e6b4: Pull complete 
9c9e5644da6c: Pull complete 
b9d18ca9e0e5: Pull complete 
ad56499ecc47: Pull complete 
Digest: sha256:a7b04bccc16b738887b12256a4daaccdd93924e92ead7c4f6297610786a34815
Status: Downloaded newer image for jgamblin/kalibrowser:latest

Now, open your web browser and type: http://localhost:6080 or http://IP-Address:6080/ in the address bar.

That's it. Start working with Kali Linux right from the web browser.

Here is KaliBrowser in action:

To open menu items, just right click on the empty space. A basic menu will appear.


You can also open graphical applications as the way you do in the normal systems.


To keep kalibrowser simple and fast, the developer has included only the base installation of Kali Linux. However, you can install additional tools if you want via command-line.

Stop KaliBrowser

After working with Kali Linux, you can stop it as shown below.

First find the Kali Linux docker image id using command:

$ sudo docker ps -a

Sample output:

c564a0922a6a jgamblin/kalibrowser "/bin/sh -c /startup." 6 hours ago Up 6 hours>6080/tcp sharp_bartik

As you see in the above output, Kali Linux docker image id is c564a0922a6a.

To stop this container, run:

$ sudo docker stop c564a0922a6a

For more details about Docker usage, refer the following link.


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linux operating system October 10, 2016 - 9:34 pm

Neat blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere?
A theme like yours with a few simple adjustements would
really make my blog shine. Please let me know where you got your theme.

sk October 11, 2016 - 1:49 pm Reply
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Shawal Ahmad Mohmand February 23, 2022 - 7:10 pm

apple-pentester@Shawals-MBP CeWL % sudo docker run -d -t -i -p 6080:6080 jgamblin/kalibrowser
Unable to find image ‘jgamblin/kalibrowser:latest’ locally
docker: Error response from daemon: pull access denied for jgamblin/kalibrowser, repository does not exist or may require ‘docker login’: denied: requested access to the resource is denied.
See ‘docker run –help’.

sk February 23, 2022 - 8:29 pm

It appears to be that the author has deleted the Kalibrower image from Docker hub. You may need to contact the author.


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