The Raspberry Pi is a low end, low cost ARM computer. Despite its less-than-stellar specifications, its affordability makes it an excellent option for a tiny Linux system and it can do far more than act as a media PC.
By default, the Kali Linux Raspberry Pi image has been streamlined with the minimum tools, similar to all the other ARM images. If you wish to upgrade the installation to a standard desktop installation, you can include the extra tools by installing the kali-linux-full metapackage. For more information on metapackages, please refer to our tools page.
Stock Kali on Raspberry Pi – Easy Version
If all you want to do is to install Kali on your Raspberry Pi, follow these instructions:
- Get a nice fast 8 GB (or more) SD card. Class 10 cards are highly recommended.
- Download the Kali Linux Raspberry Pi image from our downloads area.
- Use the dd utility to image this file to your SD card. In our example, we assume the storage device is located at /dev/sdb. Change this as needed.
This process can take a while depending on your USB storage device speed and image size. Once the dd operation is complete, boot up your Rasberry Pi with the SD card plugged in. You will be able to log in to Kali (root / toor) and startx. That’s it, you’re done!
Changing ssh host keys can be accomplished by doing the following:
root@kali:~ dpkg-reconfigure openssh-server
root@kali:~ service ssh restart
Kali on Raspberry Pi – Long Version
If you are a developer and want to tinker with the Kali Raspberry Pi image, including changing the kernel configuration and generally being adventurous, check out the kali-arm-build-scripts repository on github, and follow the README.md file’s instructions. The script to use is rpi.sh