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Important Things to do after installing Kali Linux on Raspberry Pi

As we knew, the Kali Linux Raspberry Pi image is optimized for the Raspberry Pi. Today we’ll talk about some important things to do after installing Kali Linux on Raspberry Pi.

Let’s get started!

Changing Kali Linux Password on Raspberry Pi

First thing we have to make sure is changing our default password which is ‘toor’ and default username is ‘root’ but changing your password is highly recommended.

So we’re gonna change our default password. It’s wise to change your password from outside access.


After using that command your screen might go blank and you can recover from this by using ‘startx’ command.

Select the default work-space. After you make your selection, the desktop might attempt to reload or redraw. It may be a few minutes before it is fully loaded.

Upgrading Kali Linux on Raspberry Pi

It is normal that the first thing to do after changing your default password is upgrade the Kali Linux packages. We recommended that you access the X Windows (GUI) environment to upgrade the system.

Access the X Windows environment using the startx command prior to launching the apt-get upgrade command. Many users have reported that components are not fully upgraded unless they are in the X Windows environment.

The upgrade process can take some time and will show its status during the process.

The following screenshot shows the launch of the apt-get upgrade command:

The steps you need to follow to open the Kali Linux GUI are:

  1. Access the X Windows (GUI) desktop (using startx).
  2. Open a terminal command.
  3. Enter the command: apt-get update
  4. Type the command: apt-get upgrade
  5. Use the command: sync (we will use it twice)
  6. Reboot the system with the command: reboot

As a personal preference, we issue the command syc twice. After rebooting the system with reboot command. In a few minutes, your system should allow you to log back into the system. Issue the startx command to open the Kali Linux GUI.

The following screenshot will show you the launch of the sync and reboot commands:

Upgrade your systems using the apt-get update and apt-get upgrade commands within the X Windows (GUI) environment, so may cause your X Windows environment to become unstable.

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That was all recommended things to do after installing kali linux on raspberry pi. At this point, you are ready to start your penetration testing exercise with your Raspberry Pi running Kali Linux.

William Keener

William is a tech writer at Hacktoday. He's been writing how-to guides for about 4 years now and has covered many topics. He loves to cover topics related to Windows, Android, and the latest tricks and tips.

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