Easiest way to install Kali Linux on Mac with M1 processors.

It’s a pain in the ass to install Kali linux in m1 mac when you don’t know what is going on. Whether you are a cybersecurity student or just wanna have fun, I’ve got you bro.

First of all you need to download two things,

  1. Kali linux.
    Make sure you download 2022.2 arm64 version cause the latest version has some issues with mac and it won’t load. Follow this link to download.
  2. UTM
    I chose this virtual machine software cause its the easiest to use on mac as it was made for mac. Follow this link to download.

Once you have downloaded these stuff lets start the process.

Install UTM

Open UTM and click on Create a New Virtual Machine.

Then Click on Virtualize

Then Click on Linux

Click on Boot ISO image and Select the Image we downloaded before. Click Continue

I assume you have at least 8gb of RAM because that’s the base for M1 macs, so use at least 4GB of RAM. Use can select at least half CPU cores. Hit continue.

I have selected at least 40gb of space but if you want you can start with 30gb or more. Go wild, but not so much because MACs run out of memory. (Garbage RAM management)

Select the directory where you want to install those files and hit continue.

Give a name for the OS. I have given Kali and hit Continue. Now the initial settings are setup.

Now click on the settings icon on the right side of the screen. Here I have highlighted in red.

Now the setting will open up, just under the devices click on New and Select Serial. Click on Save. Now it is ready to be installed.

Now click on the big play button. Two screens will open up. One will show the installation for Kali, and you can begin installing Kali.

When installing you will be prompted to many options, one of them is using All files in one partition. If you are a new user you select this one.

After everything is finished don’t click on the play button again. First you need to eject the iso. For this just see the image below.

    After you eject. Remove the Serial that we added in Display from the settings and save.

    Hit the big play button again.

    Your Linux should start smoothly.

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