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.
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 –
tilixall 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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