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Make a Kali bootable usb in Ubuntu using terminal

Make Kali bootable usb in ubuntu

Ok so let me show you how to make a Kali bootable usb or drive in Ubuntu in just a couple of simple steps using terminal.

This tutorial will literally only require 2 commands and will take you a couple of minutes to complete depending on your USB drive, the slot it is plugged into and a couple of factors on your local machine. But making a Kali bootable usb is really quite step wise.

For this example we will be using Ubuntu 14.04


1. You have already downloaded the latest Kali from and it is still in your Downloads directory
2. You have a USB 😀
3. And you know how to open Terminal in Ubuntu

For this example we will be using Ubuntu 14.04

The Steps

1. Open terminal using Ctrl+Alt+T
2. Before inserting the usb drive run the following command

sudo fdisk -l

3. Now insert your USB flash drive and enter the same command

sudo fdisk -l

4. You will notice your USB drive is part of the disks now so copy the name or remember it. In my case it is /dev/sdc
5. Now that we know what drive to use, change your directory to Downloads or wherever your kali iso file resides

cd /home/YOURUSER/Downloads

5. You can run ls to make sure that you have the file in the current directory


6. Now you will need to type in the following command using YOUR drive location and YOUR kali iso file name. In my case it was as follow:

Format is as follow:
dd if=YOUR-ISO-FILE-NAME of=/YOUR/USB bs=512 or higher

My actual command:
dd if=kali-linux-2.0-amd64.iso of=/dev/sdc/ bs=1024

7. Now hit enter, you should receive something similar to the following which means it was successful

3166+1 records in
3166+1 records out
3320512512 bytes (3,3 GB) copied, 89,1028 s, 37,3 MB/s

8. And there we go! Now you can boot into Kali Live / Installer environment using the USB device

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