Last year, Ubuntu became available in the Microsoft Store as part of the Windows Subsystem for Linux. Now also available for download on the store in Windows 10 is another popular Linux Distribution— Kali Linux.

Installing and running Linux on Windows 10, also called Linux Subsystem on Windows (WSL). You can already install distros like Ubuntu, SUSE Enterprise Linux, and openSUSE from Windows Store.

“As with other Linux distros, you can now download Kali Linux from the Windows Store. If this is your first time using WSL, be sure to enable the optional Windows feature before getting the Kali Linux app by following these installation instructions,says Tara Raj, Program Manager, Microsoft.

Raj also says, “We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to the Kali Linux team and especially Mati Aharoni for all their patience, hard work & support to plan, build, and publish their distro packages in the Windows Store. Thank you! Hope you enjoy using Kali Linux on WSL!”

This news was first announced a couple of weeks ago when the company was testing Xfce desktop for WSL.


How to install Kali Linux on Windows 10 (WSL)?

Before going ahead and trying to install Kali on Windows 10, make sure that you’ve turned ‘ON’ WSL in Windows Features. To do so, search Windows Features in the search box and open it. Now, check the box in front of Windows Subsystem for Linux and select Ok.

Once you’re done, visit this link on your Windows 10 PC and download the distro with one click. After the download completes, the ‘Get’ button on Store will change to ‘Launch’. You need to click on it for the installation process.

Now, create your UNIX username and password as prompted on the console windows and you’re done. To launch Kali Linux again, just type kali on command prompt or click Kali tile in Start Menu.

Installation is straightforward, and you can learn more about the install process by reading Microsoft’s documentation here.

Microsoft has been playing nice with Linux, so it will definitely be interesting to see developer feedback and if other Linux distributions will also come to the Windows Store soon.


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