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    Kali on Raspberry Pi 2 - No tools included!

    I downloaded Kali RPi2 image (kali-1.1.1-rpi2.img.xz) from this page and burnt it to a 16 GB MicroSD card using
    dd if=kali-1.1.1-rpi2.img.xz of=/dev/device1 bs=512
    Where device1 is the SD card

    I inserted it to my RPi2 and booted it. It booted fine, logged in, startx'ed, everything fine so far

    Watching Kali's dragon in the background, I opened the menu, but there was no Kali submenu
    I opened a terminal, no Kali tools were installed

    Is this normal??

    I also tried downloading the latest armel image from, but it didn't even boot

    I appreciate your help

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    I ran into the same issue on my android?,
    Try sudo apt-get install kali-linux-full.
    It doesy work for me due to max file size is 4gbs mostly due to fat32. I can get around it on androi 4.4.2, but try formatting you sd to ext4 and run that command. There a list under install docs at

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    This is normal.

    To keep the ARM images as possible as possible, it is shipped without any tools.
    If you wish to get the desktop tool set, install the meta-packages.

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    So the question I might ask is this: Why doesn't the download page for ARM images state that the images you are downloading has no tools installed? Currently it says the following:

    " Kali ARM image downloads for various devices

    We have a fascination with ARM hardware, and often find Kali very useful on small and portable devices. Over time, we have Built Kali Linux for a wide selection of ARM hardware and offered these images for public download. The scripts used to generate these images can be found on Github. These images have a default password of “toor” and may have pre-generated SSH host keys. These images are built using the “kali-rolling” repositories, and contain their respective kernel sources in case you need to compile extra drivers, or other kernel dependent code."

    There is nothing in that statement that says the expected Kali Linux tool set is missing and that all you are getting is a Kali friendly image for the ARM platform.

    Maybe that page should include a document to show what steps you need to take to get the full set or perhaps even a subset of the tools loaded. IMHO, that would be a real handy piece of information to have.

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