Kali Linux from Microsoft Store and use on Windows 10

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Thanks to Microsoft who a few months ago vowed to bring open source software to its store, now you can download Kali Linux and install it on Windows 10

Kali Linux is a Debian-derived Linux distribution developed for penetration testing and digital forensics. The platform includes hundreds of penetration testing tools making it one of the best penetration testing distributions ever.


In March 6th blog post by Microsoft’s WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux) information security training expert Tara Raj, it was announced that Debian GNU/Linux for WSL now available in the Windows Store.

“You can now download & install Debian GNU/Linux via the Windows Store! After we announced that you’d be able to install and run multiple distributions side-by-side on WSL, we are happy to introduce another one of your favorite Linux distributions to the Windows Store. As promised, we are expanding your ability to run multiple distributions on WSL,” wrote Tara.

However, there is a problem. According to information security professionals who downloaded Kali Linux on their Windows devices are complaining that Windows Defender, an anti-malware component of Microsoft Windows is flagging Kali Linux’s packages as threats.

Microsoft is aware of the situation since the official Kali Linux download page does address the issue. “Some tools may trigger Antivirus warnings when installed, please plan ahead accordingly,” says Microsoft.

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The Kali for Windows application allows you to install and run the Kali Linux open-source penetration testing distribution natively, from the Windows 10 OS. Actually is very easy to launch the Kali shell, said the information security training specialists, type “kali” on the command prompt, or click on the Kali tile in the Start Menu. For more information about what you can do with this app, check https://www.kali.org/kali-on-windows-app.