It still feels weird writing that a Linux distribution is something you can download and install from the Microsoft Store. But it’s been true for a while now. Windows 10 has an optional feature called the Windows Subsystem for Linux that lets you load a command-line Linux operating system that runs inside of Windows, allowing you to use Linux tools without rebooting or opening a virtual machine.

You can already install Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, or SUSE Enterprise Linux from the Windows Store.

Now you can also download and install Kali Linux.

Kali Linux is an operating system designed to let security researchers conduct “penetration testing” and security training. Basically it’s something professionals can use to conduct security audits, although you don’t necessarily need to be an IT pro to use it.

Kali is an open source operating system funded and developed by Offensive Security. It’s available as a free download from, but now that it’s available through Windows, it’s possible to run many of the operating system’s command-line tools without leaving Windows.

Actually, that’s been true for a little while. In January the Kali team provided a tutorial for installing Kali on systems that support the Windows Subsystem for Linux. But now you don’t need to jump through all those hoops. Just search for Kali in the Microsoft Store or follow this link.

via Windows Command Line Tools for Developers

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6 replies on “Kali Linux hits the Microsoft Store (for Windows Subsystem on Linux)”

  1. I’m wondering if this method will give me access to the GPU for hashcat? Also – 99% of the time, I will run Kali in a VM as to create a closed system with my target image.

  2. Interesting, but I would rather run Windows inside of Linux than the other way around.

      1. You may run Windows through a Virtual Machine software like Virtual box.

        1. VMs are quite good these days and if you have hardware with decent specs (plenty of memory) they run quite well.

          1. It’s much more convenient to run Linux inside of Windows without having to deal with extra VM software.

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