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Installing Kali Linux in Virtualbox:Simple Method

NOTE : Kali Linux Rolling 2020.4 has been released. This guide works even for that too.

Good evening friends. I have seen that most of the people are still facing many problems while installing Kali Linux in Virtualbox. So today i brought the easiest method to install Kali linux in Virtualbox. It doesn’t involve  typing of any lengthy  commands. For this howto, I am installing Kali Linux v2.0 Sana in virtualbox version 5. This howto works for any host OS, from Windows XP to Windows 10. Just install the latest Virtualbox version for that operating system.

The makers of Kali Linux are providing prebuilt virtualbox images which are available for download here. First download the image.  It would be a compressed image. Now extract the contents of  the file at any location of your choice.

It would be a ova extension file as shown below.

Now open Virtualbox. Go to “File” and choose option “Import appliance”. Click on it.

As soon as you click on it, the below window will open.

Now, browse to the location of the OVA file we just downloaded. Click on “Next”.

You will see the below window.  Check out all the options shown. Change any options if required.

Make sure that the location where you are creating disk has enough space. Click on Import.

The process of importing will start as shown below.

It will take some time to process.  Just wait. As soon as the importing is over you will see the virtual machine  as shown below.

Power On the virtual machine.  After some system processes, you will be asked for the username. The username is “root”.

Next you will be prompted for password. The default password is “toor”.

If everything went well, you should see the interface as shown below. Go to full screen to see if its working. You are all good to go. See, this is the easiest way to install Kali Linux in virtualbox. Hope it was helpful. Please comment if you encounter any problem. I would be happy to solve it.

8 thoughts on “Installing Kali Linux in Virtualbox:Simple Method

  1. Failed to open a session for the virtual machine Kali-Linux-2016.1-vbox-i686.

    VT-x is not available (VERR_VMX_NO_VMX).

    Result Code: E_FAIL (0x80004005)
    Component: ConsoleWrap
    Interface: IConsole {872da645-4a9b-1727-bee2-5585105b9eed}

    I am having this error. Please help.

    1. @Yiefeds, install previous version of virtualbox and try.

  2. Still i am stacked up with “Loading, please wait” . I kept it like that the whole night and did not change anything. Please help.

    1. @Yiefields, the post has been updated, please visit again.

  3. It gets stuck on loading, please wait

    1. @Robert Gordon, try out this fix as shown here

  4. Hi Kanishka

    I installed Kali Linux on my VIrtual Box and it went successfully. When I turn on the virtual machine, I get to the GRUB screen and upon hitting enter fro the Kali Linux, I just see a black screen with cursor on extreme left corner. It looks like the screen is frozen and the curson is not blinking at all. Any help for this problem would be highly appreciated.


  5. I have the same issue. It keeps hanging up.

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