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How can I upgrade Kali Linux 2019.4 to Kali Linux 2020.1?. It is easy to do an upgrade of your Kali Linux 2019.x release to Kali Linux 20.x release. Kali Linux is one of the most advanced Linux distributions for performing Network security assessments, Ethical hacking, and Penetration Testing.

Here are the hot features of Kali Linux 2020.1 release, which is the latest release as of this article writing.

  • A switch from GNOME to Xfce: The default DE is now Xfce. But you can choose KDE, Gnome e.t.c during installation.
  • Non-Root by default – You crease a standard user account during installation. To login to Live image boot, use kali/kali credentials.
  • Kali single installer image – This is an all-in-one offline installation. Has all the default package selections. This image now has XFCE, GNOME, KDE, etc. Unlike the older releases which distributed desktop environments as separate image files.
  • Kali NetHunter Rootless – You can now run Kali NetHunter in an Android phone not rooted.
  • Theme Improvements – New themes for GNOME – light and dark.
  • Kali-Undercover – Kali-undercover now starts to feel even more like Windows to help blend in.
  • New Tools cloud-enum, emailharvester, phpggc, sherlock, splinter.
  • Python 2 End Of Life – Tools depending on Python 2.x removed.

Upgrade Kali Linux 2019.x to Kali Linux 2020.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="2019.4"
VERSION_ID="2019.4"
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="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/"

Hope you have a blast pentesting with Kali Linux.

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