How to install Kali Linux in VMware Player

This tutorial will walk you through the process of installing Kali Linux in VMware Player, a free virtual machine manager that can be downloaded from

This tutorial assumes that you have some basic knowledge of your computer

  • amount of RAM
  • number of processor cores
  • etc

This tutorial is intended for beginners who haven’t worked with VMware or Kali Linux before.

Step One:

First we need to download Kali from

If you have a 64-bit capable computer (like me), then you probably will want the 64-bit version of Kali for performance reasons.

If not choose the 32-bit version

Click on the ISO button like show below:


Choose a location where u want to save the ISO file, and remember where u save it!(Normally standard in your User\Downloads Folder)

Now wait for Kali to download, this might take a while, depending on your internet speed.

Step Two:

Now while Kali is downloading lets start downloading the Vmware Player from

Below in picture is show where it can be found on the website



Click on All Downloads, Drivers & Tools

And then scroll down almost to the end and locate Vmware Player

Like in picture below



And Click Download Product

U will then be redirected to this page



Click the big Blue Download button and also choose a location where to save it.

Step Three:

Now that u downloaded the VMware Player browse to the location where you saved it and double click the icon



And follow along with the pictures below










Now installation of VMware Player is Done 🙂

You should now see this icon on your Desktop


Double click on it and you should get this message


Enter your e-mail address in the box and click Continue

U will then see this window if you clicked Continue

Now click Finish


 Step Four:

U should then get this window



If you see this window click on Create New Virtual Machine


Select Installer disc image file (iso)

Click Browse

Go to the location where u saved the ISO image u downloaded from the Kali website

And click Next

U should then get this window

Select Linux


Next from the Dropdown menu choose Other linux 3.x kernel 64-bit

And you should then have this


And click Next

U then come to this window


Now for easy use rename Other Linux 3.x kernel 64-bit to Kali Linux 2016.1 x64


And then Click Next


If u want u can also change the Location where to save the Virtual Machine (i will keep it at this default location)

You should then get this


Now Default the Maximum disk size will be 8GB but change it to 60GB


Check the box Store virtual disk as a single file


And click Next

Attention next step is very important so when u see this next window DONT click Finish yet!

But choose Customize Hardware



You will now be presented with this Hardware window.



In the left pane select Memory and slide the slider on the right side to at least 1024MB.

This is for performance.

Since I have 16 GB of RAM on my computer, I’m going to put it at 2 GB’s (2048 Mb’s).

If you have 8GB of RAM in your computer u can also put this on 2048MB

Now highlight Processors in the left pane.

This option really depends on your computer, if you have multiple core processor, then you can select two or more.

If you have a regular computer,i suggest leaving this number at one.

I have a quadcore Processor so i will use 2

Like Picture below



Now moving on, click on Network Adapter in the left pane.

On the right side, move the dot to the Bridged (top) option.

Like show here



And you can now click close

And will be presented back with this window below



You may now click Finish 

Step Five:

After u clicked finish it should automatically start the Virtual Machine

And you should be presented with this window below



Now DONT press Enter yet

Click in the window and keep pushing the down arrow on your keyboard until you see Graphical Install

Like shown here


Now that u listed Graphical Install u can press Enter

And should be presented with the following window



Here you choose your Language u want your Kali linux to be

Followed by Continue

And should then get this



Here you choose your Location, since i’m in Europe i choose other

And press Continue

And should then see this



So now here i choose Europe for my location and Click Continue

U should then be presented with this window



Since i’m from Belgium i choose it here and Click Continue

 U should choose a location that suits yours and click Continue

u should then get this following window



Leave this on United States – en_US.UTF-8

And click Continue

U will get the following window



Again since i’m from Belgium and have a AZERTY keyboard i choose Belgian and click Continue

U should choose the one that suits you and click Continue

And you will see the following things happening




And then come to this window below



Here you can change the name your system will have on the network

I will name it kali20161 u can choose whatever you want and click Continue

u should then get the following window



Leave it Blank and click Continue

Then next the following window will show



Enter a Password for the Root account and click Continue

Next u will have this window presented




Leave this on Guided – Use entire disk and click Continue

u then get this



Since we choose before for a 60GB disk space for the Virtual Machine u see it now here as 64.4GB this is normal

so just click Continue

and u will get this window



We will leave this at default All files in one partition (Recommended for new users) and click Continue

u will then get the following windows



Leave a settings as they are and just click Continue

 U will no see this next window



Check the Box YES and click Continue

This will be the Final step before it’s installing



Now your installing Kali linux

It’ can take some time depending on your machine’s performance

After it’s all done u should see the following window



 Check the YES box and click Continue

U will need this for adding the default repositories for downloading things later

U will next see the following window



Leave it blank and click Continue

U should now see the following window



Now it’s configuring the Package Manager (Repositories) so standby and wait for this following window



Make sure the checkbox Yes is checked and click Continue

U should now see the following window pass by



And then this window




Click Continue

And u should now see following window with Finishing the installation



Congratulations u now successfully installed Kali linux in a Virtual machine 🙂

And it should automatically reboot and u may see this window below flash by

it automatically goes further after 5seconds or otherwise press Enter



 And next u should be booted in to Kali Linux like in window below



Now click in the box

and Enter root



Now enter click on Next

and should get this



Now enter the password u gave up during the install and click Log In.



Congratulations u now booted into Kali linux for the first time 🙂

U can now follow my next guide on how to Install VMware Tools HERE

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