Kali Linux is now available on the Microsoft Store

Just 1.5 months ago, I wrote about the possibility of installing Kali Linux in a Windows environment using the WSL subsystem. Now you can install and run Kali Linux from the Windows application store. It sounds like an April Fools' joke, but it really is.

For Windows 10 users, this means that you can enable WSL, search Kali in the Windows app store and install it with one click. This is especially good news for Pentesters and security professionals who may have a limited set of tools due to corporate compliance standards.

Despite the fact that Kali Linux on Windows has several drawbacks related to its launch (for example, the lack of raw socket support, hardware support, etc.), this will make it possible to expand the set of security tools to include a whole set Kali Linux command line tools.

To install Kali Linux, you must run Powershell with administrator privileges and run the following command:

Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux

After the reboot, open the Windows App Store and find the Kali Linux application or go directly there by the link .

Demonstration of work:

In addition to information security experts, this is a great opportunity for everyone to get acquainted with one of the best penetration testing distributions without installing it as the main / neighboring system.

I also want to warn about one nuance: for normal operation, you must turn off Windows Defender, because it blocks some components of the distribution, including exploits from the Metasploit Framework.