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The First 10 Things to Do After Installing Kali Linux

Things to Do After Installing Kali Linux
Written by Martins D. Okoi

Kali Linux is a Debian-based distro developed and maintained specifically for advanced Penetration Testing and Security by one of the world’s leading information security training companies, Offensive Security.

Commonly referred to as the perfect OS for hackers, it is a complete rebuild of BackTrack Linux with full adherence to Debian development standards and was first released on 13th March, 2013, since then it has always come straight out of the box with a ton of tools geared towards Information management, Computer Forensics, Reverse Engineering, and Security research, among other tasks.

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The beauty of Kali Linux is that it can be used by beginners and security experts alike, it can be set up like any other Linux distro to watch movies, play games, develop software, e.t.c.

Kali Linux Desktop

Kali Linux Desktop


With that being said, here is a list of The First 10 Things to Do After Installing Kali Linux.

1. Update, Upgrade, & Dist-Upgrade

You need to perform an update and upgrade all your workstation’s dependencies to prevent app failures and ensure you have the latest of everything required for your system to function properly.

$ sudo apt-get clean 
$ sudo apt-get update 
$ sudo apt-get upgrade -y 
$ sudo apt-get dist-upgrade -y
Upgrade Kali Linux

Upgrade Kali Linux

2. Customization: Improve Kali Linux’s Look & Feel

This one is a no-brainer. You need to be able to make your workstation look the way you want it to and for that, you need to install the gnome-tweaks tool, which is a free desktop customization and settings manager for Gnome desktops.

$ sudo apt install gnome-tweaks
$ gnome-tweaks
Customize Kali Linux Using Gnome Tweaks

Customize Kali Linux Using Gnome Tweaks

3. Filezilla FTP Client

If you have decided to run Kali Linux then you are likely to run some FTP-related tasks down the line and your workstation will not be complete without an FTP client. My pick is Filezilla and you can install it with this simple command.

$ sudo apt install filezilla filezilla-common -y
Install Filezilla FTP Client in Kali Linux

Install Filezilla FTP Client in Kali Linux

4. Install Tor Browser

Now you have an awesome Linux distro it’s time you got an awesome browser as well and Tor Browser is the way to go. It has inbuilt proxy settings to keep your online presence anonymous and your data private.

$ sudo apt install tor
Install Tor in Kali Linux

Install Tor in Kali Linux

5. Disable the Screen Lock

By the time you get to this number, you must have noticed that the clean Kali installation ships with an auto-lock feature which, for me, can be a bit annoying; especially if I only left my computer for a moment to get some more cups of coffee while running Kali on a VM.

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Do this by heading over to Settings > Power and changing the ‘Blank screen‘ option to never. Next, return to your main settings menu and under privacy, switch off the ‘Screen lock‘.

Disable Screen Lock in Kali Linux

Disable Screen Lock in Kali Linux

Turn Off Screen Lock in Kali Linux

Turn Off Screen Lock in Kali Linux

6. Install Software Center

The software center is a GUI app from which you can download apps online directly to your desktop. If you already have a one installed in your Kali Distro then you can skip this number but chances are you wouldn’t.

The good news is that you can install it using this simple command:

$ sudo apt install software-center
Install Software Center in Kali Linux

Install Software Center in Kali Linux

7. Install GDebi Package Manager

Kali comes with dpkg for package management but you could run into issues after installing apps because it doesn’t automatically install apps’ dependencies.

Although such issues are becoming less of a problem with workarounds like Snaps and Flatpak, most of the apps in the market are not available as sandboxed packages and not all apps can be installed from the software center. It is therefore important to install GDebi.

$ sudo apt install gdebi
Install Gdebi in Kali Linux

Install Gdebi in Kali Linux

8. Install Katoolin

Katoolin is a tool with which you can add and remove all the necessary Kali Linux repositories and as well as install Kali Linux tools.

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Installing Katoolin is straightforward as long as you follow these steps

$ sudo apt install git
$ sudo git clone 
$ sudo cp katoolin/ /usr/bin/katoolin
$ sudo chmod +x /usr/bin/katoolin
$ sudo katoolin
Install Katoolin in Kali Linux

Install Katoolin in Kali Linux

9. Install VLC Media Player

VLC is arguably the best media player available in the market with numerous online articles to defend its case and it is free.

$ sudo apt install vlc

If you want to run VLC as root use the command:

$ sudo sed -i s/geteuid/getppid/g /usr/bin/vlc
Install VLC in Kali Linux

Install VLC in Kali Linux

10. Install Other Important Apps

This involves installing apps off your list of must-have Linux apps. For example, you might want to run Google Chrome instead of Firefox. You might need to install Java’s Runtime Environment or a text editor like Visual Studio Code.

There are a plethora of apps (both free and paid) to choose from so knock yourself out!

There you have it guys! If you haven’t already installed Kali Linux get its ISO Image by clicking the button below and don’t forget to return to tell us about your experience with its installation and usage in the comments section below.

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About the author

Martins D. Okoi

Martins Divine Okoi is a graduate of Computer Science with a passion for Linux and the Open Source community. He works as a Graphic Designer, Web Developer, and programmer.