Here is the best tutorial on how to install software on Kali Linux! This page will also teach you on how to install packages.

Kali Linux is a whole new version of another Operating System (OS) named BackTrack. It is just like a renewed BackTrack. If you have used BackTrack or even if you are thinking of using the BackTrack, then you have to forget it. Because now there is a whole new OS in this new generation named Kali Linux.

How to Install Software & Packages in Kali Linux and BackTrack (2022)


What is Kali Linux/BackTrack?

Backtrack is just like the earlier edition of another OS named Ubuntu where Kali Linux is based on the most recent version of Debian. If we look at the accession side, then Kali Linux uses Debian’s graphics installer this means that you will gain access to the features like disk encryption and Linux Logical Volume Manager (LVM). With the features of BackTrack and the installer of Ubuntu, you get nothing. It also comes with a bundle of Wifi hacking tools. Kali is considered the best distro for hacking and pentesting.

These were the differences that I found major between BackTrack and Kali Linux. But when we talk about software or Application Installation on Kali Linux, then there is no difference between BackTrack and Kali Linux.

Today in this guide, we are going to discuss the methods with the help of which you can learn to manage and install applications or software on Kali Linux version 1.0. Indeed, it is for the users who are new to Kali Linux, but not for the experienced users.

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Top Methods on how to Install Software on Kali Linux/Backtrack (Offline)

Now I am going to display a list that contains almost all the methods of installing the software in Kali Linux. The list of these methods is as follows:

  1. Synaptic Package Manager.
  2. Gpk-Application.
  3. Ubuntu Software Center (USC).
  4. From the Command-Line.

Now we are going to discuss all of these methods step by step so you can understand them completely and also understand there working.

Synaptic Package Manager

How to Install Packages in Kali Linux

The first method in our list is the Synaptic Package Manager. This method is an APT-based graphical package management tool. This particular software manager allows you to update, install, and remove packages in a GUI user-friendly way. This manager also serves as the Graphical front-end with APT, and it keeps the software management process much easier, exclusively for the users who are not friendly with the Command-Line Interface. You can start this manager from:

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Applications>System Tools>Administration>Synaptic Package Manager.

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Software Installation in Kali Linux

The second method in our list is GPK-Application, which is also known as Gnome PackageKit Application. This application installer is one of the Graphical Package Manager which is installed right out of the box. We have already discussed the other one in our above method. It is one of the Open-Source and a free suite of several Software applications which you can install in your copy of Kali Linux. This package was created in 2007 by Richard Hughes.

These graphical package managers are user-friendly for all of the new users of Kali Linux. You can access this package through the following address:

Application>System Tools>Add/Remove Software.

Also Read: 6 Best Lightweight Linux Distros for Slow and Old PCs.

Ubuntu Software Center (USC)

Kali Linux Package Installer

The third method in our list is known as Ubuntu Software Center (USC). USC is also a graphical package manager who is also available on Ubuntu Operating System. This software installer is not installed by default, but it is available in the repository, which you can install by typing the following command apt-get install software-center.

This software installer is also open source. It is a software utility for updating, installing, purchasing, and removing any software in Ubuntu or Kali Linux. It is a significant part of overall software handling for Ubuntu and Kali Linux. Once you have installed this Software installer, you can open it through the following address:

Applications>System Tools>Administration>Software Center.

Also Read: How to Hack using Kali Linux (Tutorial).

Installing Packages/Programs from the Terminal

As I told you earlier that Kali Linux is Debian based, managing and installing software from command-line is consummated by using command apt-get and with the help of other Debian’s advanced packaging tool (APT) components.

For example: if you want to install an application like Ubuntu’s Software Center, you would have to use the subsequent command such as apt-get install software-center. It is that much easy if you want to install any software in Kali Linux with the help of Command-Line method. You can type man apt-get with the help of which you can get more information by reading the man page.

Also Read: 8 Best Kali Linux Terminal Commands for Hacking.

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Note: We have recently posted Kali NetHunter for Android. This tutorial can be followed to install tools on Kali NetHunter too.

How do you Install Packages in Kali Linux?

In today’s we discussed the methods through which we can install the software in Kali Linux. As we have talked a lot about Kali Linux in my earlier articles and guides so I thought I should write an essay which I can teach you how to install the software in your copy of Kali Linux. Visit their official page for the list of tools available. I hope you learned how to install the software packages in Kali Linux.

The first thing we discussed is the difference between Kali Linux and BackTrack, which is also the backbone of Kali Linux. After that, I displayed a list of all the possible methods due to which you can install Application Software in Kali Linux. After that, I explained all of these methods due to which you can install Software in Kali Linux. I would recommend you to Install Metasploit first.

Now its all up to you to use any of the methods which I mentioned above. I have used all of these methods due to different reasons because there is some software that cannot be installed by a single installer.

Shaheer is the founder of SecuredYou. He is a cybersecurity freak and loves anything related to Computers and Technology. Apart from being a tech geek, he loves listening to music and going to the gym.


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