Monday, October 12, 2015

[Tools] Katoolin

We all know Kali Linux is one of the most powerful platforms to conduct penetration testings. Why? Well, it is hard to beat a platform that comes packed with more than 600 applications ready to go.

Kali's new release: Kali Sana 2.0 came with a fancy new interface, powered by Gnome3, a cool side pane with shortcuts, an Ubuntu-like menu of applications, all this, all that.

Thing is, in older machines, all these changes didn't go that well. Take in consideration that this new fancy interface consumes about 700 MB RAM.

So with this scenario, have you ever thought "Is there a way to pack all these tools and put them in my favorite day to day distro?" Well, thanks to LionSec, now it is possible.

Here is Katoolin, as simple and fantastic as a python script, ready to be executed, it will add Kali's repositories to your distro, update the sources, install all the Kali tools and remove the repositories as if nothing happened, cool right?


  • Python 2.7
  • Of course, the base distro, in my case I will use Debian.


Go to the website and download the script from there:


From a terminal type:

  • apt-get install git
  • git clone

Once you downloaded the python script, all you have to do is give it execution permissions:

chmod +x

And then run it:


You will be presented with something like this:

First things first: type "1" to add Kali repositories and update the sources.

Then, type "2" to see all the different categories for the tools:

As you can see, you can select which tools to install, even the option to install them all (option 0), I wouldn't recommend this option though, in case any tool fails to install, it will be much easier to track if you go one by one, or category by category.

At the end, you can select which menu you want to install, there are 2 options:

  • ClassicMenu Indicator.
  • Kali Menu.
I selected the traditional Kali menu:

That's it. Now you have all your Kali tools in your favorite flavor.

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