Creating and configuring a VM Ware virtual machine on Mac OS with a Kali Linux ISO image

29 August 2023 5 minutes Author: D2-R2

Virtualization on macOS: Running Kali Linux with VMWare Fusion

Creating a virtual machine using VMware on Mac OS based on a Kali Linux ISO image is a step towards a powerful and flexible tool for cyber security professionals. Our guide will provide you with specific steps to configure and optimize your OS so that you can get the most performance from your virtual environment. Kali Linux is one of the most popular operating systems for penetration testing and security analysis. By using VMware on your Mac OS, you can easily isolate this powerful OS and run it side-by-side with your main system. This gives you plenty of opportunities to test, analyze, and learn without affecting your primary environment.

The main focus of our tutorial is on the detailed creation process, from choosing the right ISO image to optimal system settings. Given the large amount of tools available in Kali Linux, optimal configuration is the key to efficiency. In the final stages, we delve into the fine-tuning of Kali Linux on VMware, looking at aspects such as resource allocation, network configuration, and integration with Mac OS. These settings will allow you to get the most out of your virtual machine. For cybersecurity professionals using Mac OS, creating a virtual machine based on Kali Linux in VMware is a strategic step to expand their capabilities and skills. Follow our guide to get the upper hand in this ultimate digital environment!


What is the difference between VMware Workstation Player and Virtual Box?

Virtual machines are becoming a key tool for those seeking maximum security in the online space. They create an isolated environment that effectively blocks out potential threats and malware. Using a virtual machine reduces the risk of compromising the underlying system and provides an additional layer of protection against intrusions. Thus, for those who want to keep their data safe, virtual machines are becoming an indispensable tool in today’s digital world. VMware Player and VirtualBox are two well-known virtualization platforms for creating a virtual machine. Their key difference is that VMware Player is free for personal use only, while VirtualBox is completely free and open source software available for personal and commercial use. VMware Player is developed by VMware, a leader in virtualization, while VirtualBox is owned by Oracle. “Oracle” is an American corporation that specializes in the production of software, hardware for computing and other products and services in the field of information technology. VirtualBox, thanks to its transparent operation, has a larger set of features and settings, so we consider this virtual machine to be the best. Also, VirtualBox provides more flexible options and this is all thanks to its open source. On top of that, compatibility in VirtualBox, thanks to its open nature, supports a wider range of operating systems compared to VMware Player. Both tools, VMWare Player and VirtualBox, have their merits and each of them may be better depending on the specific use case scenario. The best way to determine which app best suits your needs is to install both and experiment with them. Only practice will help you figure out which virtual machine best meets your requirements.

Step-by-step installation instructions

We download the image of our Kali Linux OC

Step 1

Go to the browser

Step 3

We load the image as shown in the screenshot

Downloading and configuring VM ware on MAC OS 13

Step 5

Click “Try Pro For Free”

Step 6

Click “Open VM VERE Fashion”

Step 7

Enter the password and click OK

Step 8

We are waiting for the installation to finish

Step 9

Select the installation method as shown in the screenshot

Step 10

Click “Use another disk” and click “Next”

Step 11

select the operating system exactly as shown in the screenshot

Step 12

Select “UEFI” and click next

Step 13

Click “Finish”

Step 14

Click “Save”

Step 15

Click “OK”

Step 16

Click on the icons in sequence, as shown in the screenshot

Step 17

Click on the icons in sequence, as shown in the screenshot

We configure OC Kali Linux

Step 18


Step 19

We will have to wait a little

Step 20

We choose the language

Step 21

Choose the language that will be more convenient for you to work with and click next

Step 22

We choose a country

Step 23

Select the keyboard language

Step 24

We are waiting for the download

Step 25

Give a name and click “Continue”

Step 26

We just move on

Step 27

Name our account and click “Continue”

Step 28

Give a name and click “Continue”

Step 29

Create your password. Enter it twice

Step 30

Select the time zone

Step 31

Waiting for the download to finish

Step 32

We choose to use the entire disk

Step 33

We choose our disk

Step 34

We choose their storage location

Step 35

Complete the installation and click next

Step 36

Click “Yes” and click “Continue”

Step 37

Again, you need to wait a bit for the download to complete

Step 38

We select all the ticks that are shown in the screenshot. This is the most optimal option for choosing all tools and optimal operation of the OS

Step 39

Click “Continue”

Step 40

Enter your login and password and click “LogIn”

Step 41

Congratulations. Everything worked out for you. now we can use VirtualBox on Kali Linux

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