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BlackArch Linux – Penetration Testing Distribution

BlackArch Linux – Penetration Testing Distribution

By Yashdeep Raj •  2019-09-12T11:12:38.993Z •  Operating Systems


BlackArch Linux is an Arch Linux-based distribution for penetration testers and security researchers. The repository contains 2336 tools. You can install tools individually or in groups. BlackArch Linux is compatible with existing Arch installs.


  • added more than 150 new tools
  • added terminus font for all WMs (thanks to psf for i3-wm bugfixes)
  • included linux kernel 5.2.9
  • new ~/.vim and ~/.vimrc (thanks to noptrix offering his config files)
  • updated blackarch-installer to v1.1.19
  • various improvements and bugfixes
  • removed dwm window manager
  • replaced the default terminal xterm with rxvt-unicode
  • updated look&feel: new BlackArch theme for WMs, grub, syslinux, etc. (special thanks to Erik!)
  • QA’ed and fixed all packages (runtime exec).
  • updated all blackarch tools and packages including config files
  • updated all system packages
  • updated all window manager menus (awesome, fluxbox, openbox)

The following list contains official BlackArch live and netinstall ISO images. You can burn these images to DVDs and flashdrives.

The live ISO contains a complete, functional BlackArch Linux system. The netinstall ISO is a lightweight image for bootstrapping machines.

If possible, please try to use a mirror near you to download the ISOs. You can find a list of mirrors below.

BlackArch Linux 64 bit Live ISO2019.09.01Torrent16 GB1c63f42625a0c4c8ff0f9148f6f857c56a851a05
BlackArch Linux 64 bit Netinstall ISO2019.09.01Torrent660 MBeb2a791348626e98db0da4ca8a289ef7a8e7d0b5

Do not use UNetBootIn to write ISO files to flashdrives. UNetBootIn modifies the bootloader configuration, which is bad. You can use this instead (where /dev/sdX is your flashdrive and file.iso is a BlackArch ISO):

# Example Image writing
$ sudo dd bs=512M if=file.iso of=/dev/sdX

Default Login

The default login for all ISOs and OVA is: root:blackarch

Installing On Top Of ArchLinux

BlackArch Linux is compatible with existing/normal Arch installations. It acts as an unofficial user repository. Below you will find instructions on how to install BlackArch in this manner.

>>Run https://blackarch.org/strap.sh as root and follow the instructions.
curl -O https://blackarch.org/strap.sh
>>The SHA1 sum should match: 9f770789df3b7803105e5fbc19212889674cd503 strap.sh
sha1sum strap.sh
>>Set execute bit
chmod +x strap.sh
>>Run strap.sh
sudo ./strap.sh

You may now install tools from the blackarch repository.

>>To list all of the available tools, run
sudo pacman -Sgg | grep blackarch | cut -d’ ‘ -f2 | sort -u
>> To install all of the tools, run
sudo pacman -S blackarch
>> To install a category of tools, run
sudo pacman -S blackarch-
>> To see the blackarch categories, run
sudo pacman -Sg | grep blackarch

As part of an alternative method of installation, you can build the blackarch packages from source. You can find the PKGBUILDs on github. To build the entire repo, you can use the blackman tool.

>>First, you must install blackman. If the BlackArch package repository is setup on your machine, you can install blackman like:
sudo pacman -S blackman
>> Download, compile and install package:
sudo blackman -i
>> Download, compile and install whole category
sudo blackman -g
>> Download, compile and install all BlackArch tools
sudo blackman -a
>> To list blackarch categories
blackman -l
>> To list category tools
blackman -p

Installing from ISO

You can install BlackArch Linux (packages AND environment) using the Live or Netinstall medium.

>>Install blackarch-install-scripts package
sudo pacman -S blackarch-install-scripts
>>Now, you can run and follow the instructions
sudo blackarch-install


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