How to Download Virtual Image of Kali Linux

How to Download Virtual Image of Kali Linux

Most people preferred to download a virtual image of Kali Linux. The virtual machine is the best option to use multiple operating systems at a time.

Kali Linux is the best operating system mostly used by hackers and penetration testers.

On the official Kali Linux website, Virtual images are available for VMware and Virtual Box. Here most of the people are a little bit confused because they don’t know which one is better either Virtual Box or VMware.

Virtual Box vs VMware

VirtualBox Vs. VMware: Comparison Table

ComparisonVirtualBoxVMware
Software VirtualizationYesNo
Hardware VirtualizationYesYes
Host Operating SystemsLinux, Windows, Solaris, macOS, FreeBSDLinux, Windows + macOS (requires VMware Fusion)
Guest Operating SystemsLinux, Windows, Solaris, macOS, FreeBSDLinux, Windows, Solaris, FreeBSD + macOS (with VMware Fusion)
User InterfaceGraphical User Interface (GLI) and Command Line Interface (CLI)Graphical User Interface (GLI) and Command Line Interface (CLI)
SnapshotsYesSnapshots only supported on paid virtualization products, not on VMware Workstation Player
Virtual Disk FormatVDI, VMDK, VHD, HDDVMDK
Virtual Disk Allocation TypePreallocated: fixed disks;   Dynamically allocated: dynamically allocated disks;Preallocated: provisioned disks;   Dynamically allocated: thin-provisioned disks;
Virtual Network ModelsNot attached, NAT, NAT Network, Bridged adapter, Internal network, Host-only adapter, Generic (UDP, VDE)NAT, Bridged, Host-only + Virtual network editor (on VMware workstation and Fusion Pro)
USB devises SupportUSB 2.0/3.0 support requires the Extension Pack (free)Out of the box USB device support
3D GraphicsUp to OpenGL 3.0 and Direct3D 9;   Max of 128 MB of video memory; 3D acceleration enabled manuallyUp to OpenGL 3.3, DirectX 10;   Max of 2GB of video memory; 3D acceleration enabled by default
IntegrationsVMDK, Microsoft’s VHD, HDD, QED, Vagrant, DockerRequires additional conversion utility for more VM types;   VMware VSphere and Cloud Air (on VMware Workstation)
VirtualBox Guest Additions vs. VMware ToolsInstalled with the VBoxGuestAdditions.iso fileInstall with a .iso file used for the given VM (linux.iso, windows.iso, etc.)
API for DevelopersAPI and SDKDifferent APIs and SDKs
Cost and LicensesFree, under the GNU General Public LicenseVMware Workstation Player is free, while other VMware products require a paid license
Comparison between VMWare and Virtual BOX

In my opinion, Go with Virtual BOX. It gives complete features for free of cost.

How to Download Virtual Image of Kali Linux

You can download Kali Linux virtual image from the official website https://www.kali.org/get-kali/#kali-virtual-machines

You can also use direct download links which are mentioned below:

Virtual Box: https://kali.download/virtual-images/kali-2022.1/kali-linux-2022.1-virtualbox-amd64.ova

VMWare: https://kali.download/virtual-images/kali-2022.1/kali-linux-2022.1-vmware-amd64.7z