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How to install Software on Kali Linux

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Update: Which graphical package managers are available for installation on Kali Linux 2021.3, the latest edition of Kali Linux? You’ll find the options in how to Install a graphical package manager on Kali Linux 2021.3.

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.


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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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4 years ago

how we can instal any application in kali linux…i know it will run apt command but…stll from where we get application which can run by terminal ???????????

6 years ago

the trick is to check soruces.list … in my case there wasent a repository— sooo inset
” # Main Kali repository
deb kali-rolling main contrib non-free ”

and then you can install synaptic after you run update and install….
i hope this helps… i whish i had found this, when i started….

good luck
Drlee 🙂

6 years ago

hi guys
I am not able to install any software or tool in my kali linux.
please help me

kali 2017
kali 2017
6 years ago

its not working…. maybe youre missing some steps or forgot to mention the versions…

6 years ago

Its really sad, i’ve been trying all day long, every went fine but when i try to lunch is stays static. does not work for me

7 years ago

~# apt-get install rfkill
Reading package lists… Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information… Done
E: Unable to locate package rfkill
Hi guys this is my problem i have awired connection from my phone any suggestions contact me via I NEED HELP PLEASE

7 years ago

Sad system no candidate LOL what third grader worked this crap up.

7 years ago

i install aircrack-ng i cannot see its icon anywhere how to fix this problem in kalilinux

Reply to  mani
4 years ago

Unable to locate package …how can be fix it……form where be get this package

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