Install Kali Linux 2020.2 on VirtualBox - Step by Step

In this tutorial, I will show you how to install Kali Linux 2020.2 on VirtualBox in an easy to follow Step by Step tutorial. This is the easiest and fastest way to install Kali Linux 2020.2 on VirtualBox. Let's dive right in.

Step 1 - Downloading and installing VirtualBox and VirtualBox Extension Pack

Download VirtualBox and also download the VirtualBox Extension Pack (We need this for shared Clipboard to work). Install VirtualBox, leaving everything as default. Install the VirtualBox Extension Pack. That's it.

Install Kali Linux 2020.2 on VirtualBox

Step 2 - Downloading the Kali Linux 2020.2 VirtualBox Image

Go to the Offensive Security Homepage and Download the Kali Linux 2020.2 VirtualBox 64bit Image file. This is a pre-configured Virtual Machine Image, so we don't need to go through the whole installation process manually, saving us time and unnecessary confusion.

Install Kali Linux 2020.2 on VirtualBox

Step 3 - Install Kali Linux 2020.2 on VirtualBox

Or better said, Import Kali Linux 2020.2 to VirtualBox. Open VirtualBox -> File -> Import Appliance.

  1. Select the kali-linux-2020.2-vbox-amd64.ova file from your Downloads Folder
  2. Select a Location where you want to store the Virtual Hard Disk (Make sure you have enough space at that location)
  3. Click on Import
  4. Agree to the License Info
Install Kali Linux 2020.2 on VirtualBox

Step 4 - Initial Configuration

Once the import is done, we can configure the VM to our liking. Right-click the Kali VM and select settings.

  • General - Change the Name of your VM if you like
    • Advanced - Make sure Bidirectional is enabled for both Shared Clipboard and Drag'n'Drop
  • System - Adjust Base Memory somewhere in the green area, it should be at least 2GB
    • Processor - Set the Processor(s) somewhere in the green area

Click on OK once you are done.

Step 5 - Starting Kali Linux 2020.2

Right-click your VM and select Start -> Normal Start. Kali Linux now boots up for the first time. Log in with the default credentials:

Username: kali

Password: kali

Step 6 - Essential First Steps

Those steps below are the bare essentials I give you on your way. For a more thorough guide on what to do after installing Kali Linux, I highly recommend checking out my constantly updated guide The Top Things to do after Installing Kali Linux

5.1 - Changing the Keyboard Layout

To avoid annoyance, change the keyboard layout to fit your keyboard.

  1. Open the Kali Menu and type "Keyboard
  2. Select Keyboard
  3. Select Layout
  4. Untick the box
  5. Click on Add and select the layout you want
  6. Select the Layout you want to use
  7. Click on the up-arrow to move it up
  8. Click on Close
  9. Remove the default Layout
Install Kali Linux 2020.2 on VirtualBox

5.2 - Updating and Upgrading your System

Open a Terminal Window and type:

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

5.3 - Changing Default Passwords

To change your default Kali user's password type:


And choose a new one.

To also change your root user's default password type:

sudo passwd root

And change this too.


This is how easy it is to install Kali Linux 2020.2 on VirtualBox. You are now set and ready to start your journey of becoming an Ethical Hacker. Good luck!

2 thoughts on “Install Kali Linux 2020.2 on VirtualBox - Step by Step”

  1. hello team every time when kali (dragon) sign show its stop working after that ,, i did everything right and i have more than 400 GB in my disk
    can you please help me !


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