Kali Linux or Parrot OS ? Which one is best for Ethical Hacking ?

Have a knack for the hacking domain? Want to start a career in ethical hacking? Most of us are searching for terms like hacking and are already planning to go on this side. But before starting out there’s one thing you need for hacking and that is Operating System. This is where the game starts.

You cannot start straight away hacking in any of Operating Systems but need full access and knowledge of the system. For fulfilling these purposes only Linux can quench your thirst for computer knowledge.

But the other question comes in mind which Linux should you choose to get started? Here we discuss the two most popular Ethical Hacking Linux Distributions you can choose from.

Kali Linux


Dominating the term ‘best Linux for ethical hacking’ Kali Linux from Offensive Security. It belongs to Offensive Security as a rewrite of BackTrack. BackTrack is also an ethical hacking Linux distribution but is shut down due to some reasons. Kali Linux run on Debian base and comes with 600+ pre-installed pen testing tools.

It is also available for different platforms like VMware and lite versions as well. For doing some forensic job you can use it with the live boot as well. One of the most amazing features about Kali Linux is that it is a rolling release model which means you’ll be getting constant updates with new features. Kali Linux features GNOME desktop environment by default but also gives other desktop environment versions like KDE, LXDE and more as well.

Parrot OS

Coming behind Kali Linux is Parrot Security OS, which is developed by Frozenbox’s team. Parrot Security OS is quite cloud-friendly and it’s designed for ethical hacking, pen testing, and other computers forensic work. Comparing to other Linux distributions Parrot OS is quite a lightweight Linux.

Along with tons of pre-installed tools, you’ll get an opportunity to work and surf anonymously over the web. So basically, you can say its a mixture of Kali Linux and Frozen box OS. The Operating System uses Kali repos for updating its tools and also has its own repo for storing custom packets. It comes with a MATE desktop environment by default and power interface is from famous GNOME 2.

Interested in Kali Linux? Read more here What is Kali Linux? How To Install It?


Abhishek Verma is a tech enthusiast and freelance tech journalist. He has been writing about technology for 4 years. He is passionate about every aspect of technology, especially Android. Abhishek’s articles have been referred by India Today, 360Gadgets, Times of India, MacRumors, AndroidPolice, AndroidAuthority, BGR, Zee News, and many more.


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    1. If you’re training under some certified expert then it’s surely legal however you can use it for educational purposes under some certain conditions like testing on your devices.It’s not a boundation but if you’re doing something illegal then you might run under judiciary consequences.Although you can practise it for educational purposes on your resources and not violating and legal conditions.
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  2. “WINE used to work on my old system but not on the new especially with the newer Linux Kernels.
    I’ve had good uck with VirtualBox.
    If I need Windows I just boot to Win10 but I live in Linux Land mostly.
    Nice to know Linux Gaming is getting better”
    Moses Brodin

    1. Yes , Virtualization has simplified many problems users used to face and is getting better day by day.However Linux Gaming still has a long path to go in comparison to Windows gaming experience.
      Thanks for reading the post ! Have a nice day 🙂

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    1. I guess you’re talking about DEFT Linux, which is yet another Linux Distribution for Pen-testers. All these distributions just vary in the tools and environment they provide to users. There is also one recent distribution named Commando VM which is also focused on penetration testing and forensics. Make sure to check our post on that. Will be here shortly.Have a nice day 🙂

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