How can I upgrade Kali Linux 2020.1 to Kali Linux 2021.1?. It is easy to do an upgrade of your Kali Linux 2020.x release to Kali Linux 2021.x release. Kali Linux is one of the most advanced Linux distributions for performing Network security assessments, Ethical hacking, and Penetration Testing.

kali linux upgrade

Here are the hot features of Kali Linux 2021.x release, which is the latest release as of this article writing.

  • Updates in Xfce DE – The current default desktop environment has been updated to 4.16 and tweaked
  • KDE Updates – Plasma received a version bump to 5.20.
  • Shell Terminals – mate-terminalterminator and tilix all had various work carried out on them
  • Command Not Found – A helping hand to say if a program needs to be installed (kali-linux-default)
  • Partnership with more tool authors – BC Security & Joohoi have been producing great tools and we want to support them
  • New tools & updates – Multiple new tools have been added to Kali and are ready for you
  • Kali NetHunter – New BusyBox & Rucky version, and boot-animation
  • New Tools Airgeddon, AltDNS, Arjun, among many others

Upgrade Kali Linux 2020.x to Kali Linux 2021.x

For all existing installation of Kali Linux rolling release, you can always do a quick update. But first, ensure you have the official Kali repositories enabled.

sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list<<EOF
deb http://http.kali.org/kali kali-rolling main non-free contrib
EOF

Take note of the current release.

$ cat /etc/os-release
PRETTY_NAME="Kali GNU/Linux Rolling"
NAME="Kali GNU/Linux"
ID=kali
VERSION="2020.1"
VERSION_ID="2020.1"
VERSION_CODENAME="kali-rolling"
ID_LIKE=debian
ANSI_COLOR="1;31"
HOME_URL="https://www.kali.org/"
SUPPORT_URL="https://forums.kali.org/"
BUG_REPORT_URL="https://bugs.kali.org/"

Then perform a full upgrade.

sudo apt update
sudo apt -y full-upgrade

Reboot system after upgrade

[ -f /var/run/reboot-required ] && sudo reboot -f

Recheck your OS release.

$ cat /etc/os-release 
PRETTY_NAME="Kali GNU/Linux Rolling"
NAME="Kali GNU/Linux"
ID=kali
VERSION="2021.2"
VERSION_ID="2021.2"
VERSION_CODENAME="kali-rolling"
ID_LIKE=debian
ANSI_COLOR="1;31"
HOME_URL="https://www.kali.org/"
SUPPORT_URL="https://forums.kali.org/"
BUG_REPORT_URL="https://bugs.kali.org/"

Install the kali linux default tools:

sudo apt install kali-linux-default

Hope you have a blast pentesting with Kali Linux.

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