Blog / CyberSec November 4, 2019

Create a Bootable Kali Linux USB Flash Drive

To install Linux on a USB flash drive, you need a drive of at least 8 GB. Note that the speed of some flash drives isn’t quite adequate for running a live Linux OS. Performance improvements can be substantial if you use a flash drive with faster read and write speeds. For the best results, a flash drive with a minimum of 15 MB/second read and write speed is recommended. You can check Web sites such as http://usb/ for performance benchmarks to help you choose a suitable drive within your budget.

Once you find the proper flash drive, you’ll find up-to-date USB installation instructions

on the Kali Linux Web site (

There are instructions for those using Windows, Linux, or Mac OS X. These instructions

walk you through downloading Kali Linux to booting into Kali Linux for the first time.

It’s important to make sure your software is up-to-date, so be sure to run the apt-get

update and apt-get upgrade commands, which check the Kali Linux repositories for


Installing New Software

Because Kali is an Ubuntu Linux distribution, thousands of free programs are available that

you can download and install with just a few simple commands. These programs, which are

specific to an OS version, are stored on Internet archives called repositories. To install new

software, you can simply use the command apt-get install packagename (replacing

packagename with the name of the software package you want to install). If you don’t

know the software package name, just use a search engine to look it up!

Community Support for Kali Linux

To find the most recent Kali Linux updates and online forums for help in solving problems,

visit This Web site is a good place to start if you want to learn more about

Kali Linux.

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