Kali Linux Tools

Kali Linux provides multiple metapackages that allow us to easily install subsets of tools based on our particular needs.

These metapackages allow for easy installation of certain tools in a specific field, or alternatively, for the installation of a full Kali suite.

All of the Kali metapackages follow a particular naming convention, starting with “kali-linux” so if you want to see which metapackages are available, you can search for them as follows:

apt-get update && apt-cache search kali-linux

Completely bare-bones installation of Kali Linux and includes various network services such as Apache and SSH, the Kali kernel, and a number of version control applications like git, svn, etc.

apt-get install kali-linux

When you download a Kali Linux ISO, you are essentially downloading an installation that has the kali-linux-full metapackage installed. This package includes all of the tools you are familiar with in Kali.

apt-get install kali-linux-full

If you want to install every available Kali Linux package, you can install the kali-linux-all metapackage.

apt-get install kali-linux-all

The kali-linux-top10 metapackage will install all of these tools for you in one fell swoop.

apt-get install kali-linux-top10

Contains the forensics tools in Kali.

apt-get install kali-linux-forensic

GPU utilities are very powerful but need special hardware in order to function correctly. You can install them all at once with kali-linux-gpu and get cracking.

apt-get install kali-linux-gpu

The kali-linux-pwtools metapackage contains over 40 different password cracking utilities as well as the GPU tools contained in kali-linux-gpu.

apt-get install kali-linux-pwtools

Contains all of the RFID tools available in Kali Linux.

apt-get install kali-linux-rfid

Contains a large selection of tools for your Software Defined Radio hacking needs.

apt-get install kali-linux-sdr

A dedicated kali-linux-voip metapackage with 20+ tools.

apt-get install kali-linux-voip

Contains dozens of tools related to web application hacking.

apt-get install kali-linux-web

Contains all the tools you’ll need in one easy to install package.

apt-get install kali-linux-wireless

Metapackage contents
To see the list of tools included in a metapackage:

apt-cache show kali-linux-web | grep Depends