Running Kali Linux in a Docker Container


Kali Linux is a popular penetration testing and ethical hacking distribution. With Docker, you can run Kali Linux in a containerized environment, making it easy to experiment and perform security assessments. In this guide, we’ll show you how to run Kali Linux as a Docker container and access it interactively.

Step 1: Install Docker
Before proceeding, make sure you have Docker installed on your system. If you haven’t installed Docker yet, follow the official Docker installation instructions for your operating system.

Step 2: Pull Kali Linux Docker Image
To run Kali Linux, pull the latest Kali Linux Docker image from Docker Hub using the following command:

docker pull kalilinux/kali-rolling

Step 3: Create and Start Kali Linux Container
Run the following command to create and start a Kali Linux container:

docker run -d --name=kalilinux -v kalilinux_data:/data --tty --interactive kalilinux/kali-rolling

Explanation of options used:

  • -d: Run the container in the background (detached mode).
  • --name=kalilinux: Assign the name “kalilinux” to the container for easy management.
  • -v kalilinux_data:/data: Create a Docker volume named “kalilinux_data” and mount it to the /data directory inside the container. This volume allows you to persist data and configuration between container restarts.
  • --tty: Allocate a pseudo-TTY, which enables interactive access to the container’s terminal.
  • --interactive: Keep STDIN open even if not attached. This allows you to interact with the container’s terminal.

Step 4: Access the Kali Linux Container
To access the Kali Linux container interactively, use the following command:

docker exec -it kalilinux bash

This command will attach your current terminal to the running Kali Linux container, providing you with an interactive shell inside the container.

Step 5: Clean Up
If you want to stop and remove the Kali Linux container and the associated volume, use the following commands:

docker stop kalilinux
docker rm kalilinux
docker volume rm kalilinux_data

You’ve successfully run Kali Linux in a Docker container, allowing you to perform security assessments and penetration testing in an isolated environment. Docker enables easy management and deployment of Kali Linux, making it an excellent choice for testing and experimenting with various tools and configurations.

Happy hacking!

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