Summery: In this article i’m gonna be showing you the best Linux distributions for hacking and penetration testing 2019.

When it come to Linux, there are countless number of Linux distributions for various purposes. When it comes to ethical hacking and penetration testing it is a good idea to have a Linux distribution that suits your purpose. Security professional or penetration testers requires tools that can help them in performing time-consuming tasks efficiently.

Below mentioned Linux distributions are custom build and have hundreds of tools pre installed which help penetration testers during their tasks.

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These distributions are not only for penetration testing professional. If you are a developer, student, want to learn the hacking, pursuing a career in Information Security or want to perform your own security testing then these distribution will come in handy.

1. Kali Linux

This is One of the most famous Linux Distribution for ethical hacking and penetration testing. Kali Linux is maintained and funded by Offensive Security. This is a Debian based Operating System and has over 300+ penetration testing and security auditing programs. If you want to get started with Kali Linux this book will guide you throughout your journey.

2. Parrot Security OS

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According to my point of view this is the second most popular Linux Distribution for ethical hacking and penetration testing. The main thing about Parrot OS is that this is a cloud-friendly distribution. Parrot OS Developers promises that this is a lightweight OS that is highly efficient. There are three editions available in this distribution. They are;

  • Security – For Pen testers
  • Home/Workstation – for daily use and privacy protection.
  • Other Builds – specifically designed for special use cases or uncommon devices.

3. BackBox Linux

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This is another widely used penetration testing and security assessment oriented Linux distribution with most commonly used security and analysis tools. This distro is built on Ubuntu core system. BackBox has its own software repository providing latest stable versions.

4. BlackArch Linux 

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This is an Arch Linux-based penetration testing distribution for penetration testers and security researchers. It contains 2000+ tools in their repositories. These tools are organized in various groups. Users can install them individually or in groups.

These are top 4 Linux distributions for hacking and penetration testing 2019 according to my point of view. Other than these 4 there are many distributions out there. For example;


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