How to Auto Install All Kali Linux Tools Using “Katoolin” on Debian/Ubuntu

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90 Responses

  1. liang says:

    After I install Kali menu in Ubuntu through katoolin, my computer isn’t responding me, whenever i restart and try to use my computer it just shows the grub menu and try to boot as usual but it shows something like kali-ubuntu loading and doesn’t actually finish this process.

    I really don’t know what has happened to my computer, i cant even use my normal Ubuntu now, i could do is northing. please help me, i need my computer performance back……..

    • Aaron Kili says:


      Sorry to learn about this, i hope your grub still works to enable access to recovery mode, that is where you can definitely start from. Also try to ask on the various Ubuntu forums how to restore a broken Ubuntu system for in-depth insights.

  2. Rick says:

    i have a problem with installing the kali tools (and the kali manu) by the tools its saying E: Unable to locate package, and by the kali manu its says E: Unable to locate package kali-menu. i have looked at the other command but nothing is working so far……. pleas help me a bit, i am new to Ubuntu

  3. John says:

    When i type 0 to install all tools says unable to find package…. I am sure i did everything correctly until this point…

    • Aaron Kili says:


      Try to view the contents of /etc/apt/sources.list file and make sure that you have added and updated the Kali repositories.

      Or else, follow the steps once more.

  4. em says:

    one of the things that you need to do is to set up your preferences as to what packages take priority over others.

    you have to set up your /etc/apt/preferences.d/ (in my LMDE i have two files in there official-extra-repositories.pref and official-package-repositories.pref)

    make sure that you set the priority of the kali packages to a lower number then your main distributions, this is mine –
    cat /etc/apt/preferences.d/official-package-repositories.pref

    Package: *
    Pin: origin
    Pin-Priority: 750

    Package: *
    Pin: release o=linuxmint,c=upstream
    Pin-Priority: 700

    Package: *
    Pin: release o=Ubuntu
    Pin-Priority: 500

    Package: *
    Pin: release o=Kali
    Pin-Priority: 400

    (comment out the line in /etc/apt/sources.list that has to do with kali if you are following the rest of this. you don’t want apt complaining about doubles)

    and then this is from /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ –
    cat /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list

    deb betsy main upstream import
    deb jessie main contrib non-free
    deb jessie-updates main contrib non-free
    deb jessie/updates main contrib non-free
    deb jessie main non-free
    deb betsy main
    deb kali-rolling main contrib non-free

    take a look at ‘man apt_preferences’ at about line 207 –
    Determination of Package Version and Distribution Properties

    before you do an ‘upgrade’, make sure that you do this or you will toast out your system as others are saying.

    this is sometimes called ‘pinning’

    you can also find this in the ‘Debian Handbook’ section 6.2.6. you probably have it installed already. check /usr/share/doc/debian-handbook/

    I’m surprised that this method didn’t get written out in this how-to. I’ll have to drop a line on git-hub to have them update it.

    hope this helps some.

    p.s. i didn’t do anything with installing the menus, just learning pen testing so i can install the packages as they come up in the books that I’m reading.

  5. chuck norris says:

    this will break your gnome or kde if your not carefull!
    i suggest editting the file and replace all the “apt-get -y” with “apt-get” and look for yourself what is installable and what not, after installing wht you need, remove the kali sources again or find a way to prevent updating from them instead of the ubuntu repos.

  6. Nick says:

    Same as josh. After installation my gnome was gone …

    • Aaron Kili K says:


      That is so regrettable, however, as i have mentioned somewhere in the previous comments, installation of this tools has resulted into undesired system breakages for many users. Sorry about your situation but you can share your ordeal with the developers of the tool at the Github repository: for any suggestions and possible improvements.

  7. josh says:

    This tool will not only install Kali tools, but will remove your display manager, KDE in my case, which did not go over well. stear clear of this script if you’re smart.

  8. riivai says:

    how to use that tools after installed? i have installed armitage from katoolin then i don’t know where the armitage is?

  9. Aaron Kili K says:

    @Herro Rarrah

    Sorry about that, it is always safer to test in virtual machine before installing on your work machine. Above all, thanks for the feedback and i hope you recover from that.

  10. Herro Rarrah says:

    This broke my entire debian! beware!

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