How to install Software on Kali Linux

Kali Linux is the next-generation edition of BackTrack. It is BackTrack reborn. If you’ve been using BackTrack, or you’re are thinking about using BackTrack, forget it. Kali Linux is what you want to be using. What’s the difference?

BackTrack is based on an old edition of Ubuntu, while Kali is based on the latest edition of Debian. On the installation side, Kali Linux uses Debian’s graphical installer, which means you get features like LVM, the Linux Logical Volume Manager, and disk encryption. With BackTrack and its Ubuntu installer, you get none of that.

Those are a few of the major differences. When it comes to installing applications or software on Kali Linux, there is no difference between it and BackTrack. This article shows the many methods you can use to install and manage applications on Kali Linux 1.0. Obviously, this is not intended for experienced users, but for those new to Linux.

1. From the command-line: Since Kali is based on Debian, installing and managing software from the command-line is accomplished using apt-get and other components of Debian’s Advanced Packaging Tool (APT). For example, to install an application like Ubuntu’s Software Center, you would issue the following command: apt-get install software-center. It’s that easy, if you know the name of the software you wish to install. You can find out more by reading the man page. Just type man apt-get from the command-line.

2. Gpk-application: The Gnome PackageKit is one of two graphical package managers installed out of the box. The other one is Synaptic Package Manager. For a new user, these graphical package managers offer a more user-friendly method of installing software. You can access it from the menu at Applications > System Tools > Add/Remove Software.
Gpk-Package Manager on Kali Linux

3. Synaptic Package Manager: This used to be the graphical package managers on Debian-based distributions. You may start this one from the menu: Applications > System Tools > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager.
Synaptic Package Manager on Kali Linux

4. Ubuntu Software Center: This is the same graphical package manager available on Ubuntu. It is not installed by default, but is in the repository, so you can install it by typing apt-get install software-center. Once installed, you can access it from Applications > System Tools > Administration > Software Center.
Ubuntu Software Center on Kali Linux

The latest edition of Kali Linux is available for download here.

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28 Comments

  1. apt-get install synaptic

    Synaptic is the software center for Kali Linux 2.0

  2. i typed apt-get install software-center on my kali linux but it shows error saying that package ‘software-center’ has no installation candidate. please help/

  3. Hey, can u help me with the suspend problem and lid action in Kali? I’ve seen this problem in many Linux systems. After suspending the OS (here Kali Linux) when we turn it back using the power switch (or open lid action if you suspend the OS closing the lid) the hard disk starts but the display remains blank. It stays like this until we force switch off the system and reboot. Am wondering it’s the problem with display drivers. Can you help me fix this?

  4. I have no option of add/remove software in Kali Linux system tools and not able to instal any software help me please

  5. Am unable to use wireless (airmon-ng) . I bought some wireless adapter and these adapters doesn’t work on kali linux so can you help me????

  6. Another fuckn useless guide about linux. What on earth are you doing over there. This is a fuckn stupid text to waste peoples time. Links does not work, commands does not work..

    Why the fuck did you wrote this stuff seriously ? What is your problem. Do you have a certificate saying that you are not an idiot ? Did you passed the idiot test ?

  7. how can I install software if I have zip file ??

  8. kali kali

    i have tried all of the above and have come across E: Package ‘software-center’ has no installation candidate

    i tried the add or remove programe function but still cant find it anywhere i have no idea where it could be HELP!!!

  9. HEy ..

    it shows

    root@Linux-Ibrahim:~# apt-get install software-center
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    Package software-center is not available, but is referred to by another package.
    This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
    is only available from another source

    E: Package ‘software-center’ has no installation candidate

    How do i proceed further??
    Please tell !! waiting for your reply

  10. i am getting this error { cannot find win32.loader.ini} give me a soln as soon as possible…

  11. I have a big problem…when I try install synaptic or software center with command: apt-get install synaptic when my try is fail…
    Reading packge information …Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information Done
    Package synaptic is not availableq but is referred to by another package.This may mean that the package is missingq has bee obsoleted, or is only available from another source
    E:Package’synaptic’ has no installation candidate

    • Synaptic Package Manager is already installed, so no need to try installing it. See the number 3 item in this post.

      • I freshly installed Kali Linux then the first thing I did was set the correct official repos, apt-get update, apt-get upgrade; I did not do the dist-upgrade first. Then I installed using the first method indicated here and it worked.

  12. nice work

  13. Use the tar xzvf function in the terminal

  14. dondavis911

    i am getting this error GDBus.Error:org.gtk.GDBus.UnmappedGError.Quark._pk_5ftransaction_5ferror.Code4: SimulateInstallFiles not supported by backend

    i right click over .tar.gz file and clicked over open with software install.

  15. dondavis911

    i am getting this error GDBus.Error:org.gtk.GDBus.UnmappedGError.Quark._pk_5ftransaction_5ferror.Code4: SimulateInstallFiles not supported by backend

    i right click over .tar.gz file and clicked over open with software install.

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