Kali Linux for WSL now available in the Windows Store

Tara Raj

We’re excited to announce that you can now download & install Kali Linux via the Windows Store!

Our community expressed great interest in bringing Kali Linux to WSL in response to a blog post on Kali Linux on WSL. We are happy to officially introduce Kali Linux on WSL 😊.

Introducing Kali Linux running on WSL:


First, a little background on Kali Linux. Kali Linux is an open source project that is maintained and funded by Offensive Security. Offensive Security is a provider of information security training and penetration testing services. 

For more information about Kali Linux, please visit the Kali Linux website.

Getting Started

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.

Once you have Kali Linux installed, go ahead and launch the application. You now have your instance up and ready to go!

We recommend checking out the Kali Linux documentation as you begin using it on WSL.

Thank You!

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!

Let us know how you use Kali Linux with WSL by submitting issues on our GitHub repo and Tweeting us at #WSL – @kalilinux, @muts, @tara_msft, and @virtualscoole

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  • Jalis Rahat 0

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