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    Kali Linux Alternatives

    Kali Linux is described as 'Debian-derived Linux distribution designed for digital forensics and penetration testing, originally forked from Backtrack Linux by the Offensive Security team' and is a very popular Linux Distro in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Kali Linux for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Windows, VirtualBox, VMware Workstation and Electrum. The best alternative is Parrot Security OS, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Kali Linux are BlackArch (Free, Open Source), Tails (Free, Open Source), Cyborg Linux (Free, Open Source) and BackBox Linux (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Apr 13, 2022
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    1. Parrot is a GNU/Linux distribution based on Debian Testing and designed with Security, Development, and Privacy in mind.
      Parrot Security OS vs Kali Linux opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Parrot Security OS is a great alternative to Kali Linux.
      armyn Parot has more security tools than Kali.
      Positive comment 10 months ago

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      daviwalle It really is the best alternative, since it shares some repositories with Kali Linux (besides having its own), and for novice users it is very easy to use
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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    2. BlackArch Linux is an Small Arch Linux iconArch Linux -based distribution for penetration testers and security researchers. The repository contains 2554 tools.
      BlackArch vs Kali Linux opinions
      Almost everyone thinks BlackArch is a great alternative to Kali Linux.
      Blackarch has more tools available in their repos!
      Positive comment about 6 years ago

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    3. The Amnesic Incognito Live System (Tails) is a Debian 9 based live CD/USB with the goal of providing complete Internet anonymity for the user.
      Tails vs Kali Linux opinions
      Most users think Tails is a great alternative to Kali Linux.
      tomhart I mean for anonymity yeah, TAILS is great.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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      It is aimed on security like Kali.
      Positive comment almost 6 years ago

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    4. The most advanced, powerful and yet beautiful penetration testing distribution ever created.Lined up with ultimate collection of tools for pro Ethical Hackers and Cyber Security Experts.

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      have not been any updates on their website in almost 2 years.

      Cyborg Linux vs Kali Linux opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Cyborg Linux is a great alternative to Kali Linux.
      Easy to use, fast and a lot of tools
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

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    5. BackBox is a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu developed to perform penetration tests and security assessments.
      Almost everyone thinks BackBox Linux is a great alternative to Kali Linux.


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      Wifislax is a GNU / Linux LiveCD and LiveUSB features conceived and designed for security auditing and related to computer security in general.
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      Dracos Linux is purposed as an educational, especially to recognize the operation system of Linux and we respect ethical hacking.
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      Most users think Dracos Linux is a great alternative to Kali Linux.
    6. Matriux is a fully featured security distribution consisting of a bunch of powerful, open source and free tools that can be used for various purposes including, but not limited to, penetration testing, ethical hacking, system and network administration, cyber forensics...

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      The project seems to be no longer developed. Last version, Matriux Blue, released in August 2014, can be still downloaded from SourceForge

      Matriux vs Kali Linux opinions
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      There are many tools are available in this Operating System. And this is the first penetration testing distro in Asia.
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

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      SELKS, a product of Stamus Networks, is a Debian-based live distribution designed for network security management. It provides a complete and ready-to-use Suricata IDS/IPS ecosystem with its own graphic rule manager.
      SELKS vs Kali Linux opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      its for network management,not for penetration testing, ethical hacking.
      Negative comment about 4 years ago

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    7. AtlasOS is a 20H2 version of Windows which comes pre-tweaked with optimizations for FPS & latency.
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