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Kali Linux | Kali Linux 2020.3

Linux/Unix, Other 2020.3 - 64-bit Amazon Machine Image (AMI)

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    A non-brain-donor

I've lost faith in humanity

  • September 23, 2020
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Honestly if you're launching this and aren't able to find the tooling metapackages I despair, but before you leave another 1 start review like the masses below, use one of the following:

apt-get install kali-linux-default
apt-get install kali-linux-large
apt-get install kali-linux-everything

This is nothing the below users couldn't have googled themselves. Please be better.


If you cant update the tools, this probably isnt the distro for you

  • September 02, 2020
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It's amazing how this has such a low rating by people who cant read directions. Yes, this is installed bare-bones. Why? Because they don't know what size of server you are going to be running it on, so they don't know what tools to install.

If you cant figure out how to install the basic packages: you probably shouldn't be trying to spin up kali in the cloud. Stick to a persistent USB, or VM.

Anyway, here's the Tl;DR:
apt-get update && apt-cache search kali-linux

apt-get install kali-linux-default


AWS Kali does not come with any pen test tool

  • September 02, 2020
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I had try to run nmap , burpsuite and metasploit but could not manage to execute any penetration testing tools. Is this a blank Kali image which does not pre-install with any tools. Disappointed with this AMI Kali, hopefully AWS could provide us with some advice.


Need to install tools manually

  • August 27, 2020
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Barebones AMI and you'll need to install everything manually or just use of the metapackages. You should be able to get the default packages Kali normally comes with with the command
$ sudo apt -y install kali-linux-default

This makes sense since not all default packages such as desktop environments and wireless tools need to be included for a cloud-based AMI. The documentation explaining the process could be improved though.

Complete list of the metapackages can be found here:

    Hacker who understands AMIs

Just install kali-linux-default and you get your tools

  • August 24, 2020
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There is no GUI. You need to set up VNC or some other remote access setup if you want that. A lot of comments complain about nmap, other tools not being installed... The Kali Linux installer runs sudo apt install kali-linux-default by default, but you can do that with this AMI and get everything you want. It's an AMI, a base image. It expects you to install what you need, like any other AMI. It does what it needs to do.

It seems to flag behind Kali Linux releases, however. Kali Linux 2020.3 has been released for about a week and this AMI has not yet been updated. But 5 days isn't so long, I imagine it will be updated soon.


no tools

  • August 15, 2020
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This strange version of kali on aws doesnt come witha any penetrating tools.
I suppose they will fix this beacuse its really annoying


Kali build without the tools

  • August 07, 2020
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Connected without a problem. As others have said, connect with the username kali. And if you are having problems connecting over SSH, make sure you create a rule in the AWS Security Group for it. It is a bummer that none of the tools that would normally be part of Kali are installed though, so what's the point?

    Gary Weessies

No tools or GUI? Why not just use Debian and install all your own tools.

  • July 31, 2020
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Who thought up a testing linux without any testing tools?
NOT included with your Kali: nmap, nc, wfuzz, gobuster, dirb, burpsuite, . . . .
Also, no GUI so forget BurpSuite or using a browser.

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Kali in name only

  • July 25, 2020
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Like others mentioned, there is not even one single pen tool installed. What's the point of using Kali if I have to install all the pen tools myself?

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Connect but tricky

  • July 12, 2020
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I could finally after several attempts. trick is to us "kali" user name, not ec2-user or root as mentioned in documentation/instruction. I spent several hours to figure it out. Here is the syntax
ssh -i <path to private key> kali@instanceIP