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Top 10 Penetration Testing Tools in Kali Linux

The Top 10 Kali Linux Tools for Penetration Testing

Top 10 Most Used Tools on Kali Linux

We have received, on our Facebook Fan page many questions about “What are the Top 10 Penetration Testing tools in Kali Linux”.



As we knew, they are too many list and too many top 10 of preferred tools used for hacking on Kali Linux. It depended on the hacker himself. Every Hacker or Pentester, have a preferred list of tools that he use on Web Application ore Wireless Penetration testing with Kali Linux.

In this article, we want to share with you a Top 10 of Kali linux tools used on Penetration Testing.

This list will cover the best hacking tools used on wireless hacking, security testing, brute forcing, and Web Application Penetration testing.

This will not be the perfect list of preferred tools on kali, but this will show you the top 10 of most used tools on kali linux for penetration testing.

1) Aircrack-ng – cracking wifi passwords

aircrack-ng kali linux penetration testing tools

Aircrack-ng is a cracking program that can recover keys once enough data packets have been captured. It implements the standard FMS attack along with some optimizations like KoreK attacks, as well as the all-new PTW attack, thus making the attack much faster compared to other WEP cracking tools.



It focuses on different areas of WiFi security:

  • Monitoring: Packet capture and export of data to text files for further processing by third party tools.
  • Attacking: Replay attacks, deauthentication, fake access points and others via packet injection.
  • Testing: Checking WiFi cards and driver capabilities (capture and injection).
  • Cracking: WEP and WPA PSK (WPA 1 and 2).

This video tutorial will show you How to Hack Wifi using Aircrack-ng on Kali Linux:

2) Brup Suite – Security Testing of Web Applications

Brup Suite top 10 Penetration testing kali linux tools

Burp Suite is an integrated platform for performing security testing of web applications. Its various tools work seamlessly together to support the entire testing process, from initial mapping and analysis of an application’s attack surface, through to finding and exploiting security vulnerabilities.



This video tutorial, will show you How To Hack Website With Brup Suite on Kali Linux:

3) Hydra – online password cracking

Hydra Penetration Testing tools on kali linux

Hydra is a parallelized login cracker which supports numerous protocols to attack. It is very fast and flexible, and new modules are easy to add. This tool makes it possible for researchers and security consultants to show how easy it would be to gain unauthorized access to a system remotely.



Hydra tool on kali linux support : Cisco AAA, Cisco auth, Cisco enable, CVS, FTP, HTTP(S)-FORM-GET, HTTP(S)-FORM-POST, HTTP(S)-GET, HTTP(S)-HEAD, HTTP-Proxy, ICQ, IMAP, IRC, LDAP, MS-SQL, MySQL, NNTP, Oracle Listener, Oracle SID, PC-Anywhere, PC-NFS, POP3, PostgreSQL, RDP, Rexec, Rlogin, Rsh, SIP, SMB(NT), SMTP, SMTP Enum, SNMP v1+v2+v3, SOCKS5, SSH (v1 and v2), SSHKEY, Subversion, Teamspeak (TS2), Telnet, VMware-Auth, VNC and XMPP.

This video tutorial, will show you How to use THC-Hydra tool on kali linux:

4) John the Ripper – Password Brute Force Attack

John the ripper Penetration Testing tools on kali linux

John the Ripper is designed to be both feature-rich and fast. It combines several cracking modes in one program and is fully configurable for your particular needs (you can even define a custom cracking mode using the built-in compiler supporting a subset of C). Also, on Kali Linux John is available for several different platforms which enables you to use the same cracker everywhere (you can even continue a cracking session which you started on another platform).



Out of the box, John supports (and autodetects) the following Unix crypt(3) hash types: traditional DES-based, “bigcrypt”, BSDI extended DES-based, FreeBSD MD5-based (also used on Linux and in Cisco IOS), and OpenBSD Blowfish-based (now also used on some Linux distributions and supported by recent versions of Solaris). Also supported out of the box are Kerberos/AFS and Windows LM (DES-based) hashes, as well as DES-based tripcodes.

This video will show you How To Crack Passwords using Jhon the Ripper on Kali Linux:

5) Maltego – research and recon

Maltego Penetration Testing tools on kali linux

Maltego is a unique platform developed to deliver a clear threat picture to the environment that an organization owns and operates. Maltego’s unique advantage is to demonstrate the complexity and severity of single points of failure as well as trust relationships that exist currently within the scope of your infrastructure.


  • Maltego can be used for the information gathering phase of all security related work. It will save you time and will allow you to work more accurately and smarter.
  • Maltego aids you in your thinking process by visually demonstrating interconnected links between searched items.
  • Maltego provide you with a much more powerful search, giving you smarter results.
    If access to “hidden” information determines your success, Maltego can help you discover it.

This video will show you How To Use Maltego on Kali Linux:

6) Metasploit – Exploit Framework

Metasploit Penetration Testing tools on kali linux

Metasploit is the most used penetration testing software.

Metasploit is a penetration testing platform that enables you to find, exploit, and validate vulnerabilities. It provides the infrastructure, content, and tools to perform penetration tests and extensive security auditing and thanks to the open source community and Rapid7’s own hard working content team, new modules are added on a regular basis, which means that the latest exploit is available to you as soon as it’s published.



They are too many tutorials explaining how to use metasploit on different attacks, we share with this video tutorial that explain to you How to ByPass AV and Hack Windows Computers :

7) Nmap – Network scanner

nmap Penetration Testing tools on kali linux

Nmap was named “Security Product of the Year” by Linux Journal.

Nmap (“Network Mapper”) is a free and open source utility for network discovery and security auditing. Many systems and network administrators also find it useful for tasks such as network inventory, managing service upgrade schedules, and monitoring host or service uptime.



Nmap uses raw IP packets in novel ways to determine what hosts are available on the network, what services  those hosts are offering, what operating systems they are running, what type of packet filters/firewalls are in use, and dozens of other characteristics. It was designed to rapidly scan large networks, but works fine against single hosts.

Nmap runs on all major computer operating systems, and official binary packages are available for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X. In addition to the classic command-line Nmap executable, the Nmap suite includes an advanced GUI and results viewer (Zenmap), a flexible data transfer, redirection, and debugging tool (Ncat), a utility for comparing scan results (Ndiff), and a packet generation and response analysis tool (Nping).

On our website K4linux, we have shared many tutorials explaining how to use nmap on kali linux, this video tutorial will show you How To use Nmap on Kali Linux:

8) Zaproxy – Finding Vulnerabilities in Web Applications

Zaproxy Penetration Testing tools on kali linux

Zaproxy or the OWASP Zed Attack Proxy (ZAP) is an easy to use integrated penetration testing tool for finding vulnerabilities in web applications. It is designed to be used by people with a wide range of security experience and as such is ideal for developers and functional testers who are new to penetration testing as well as being a useful addition to an experienced pen testers toolbox.



This video tutorial will show you How to use Zaproxy on Kali Linux:

9) Sqlmap – Detecting and Exploiting SQL Injection flaws

Sqlmap Penetration Testing tools on kali linux

Sqlmap is an open source penetration testing tool that automates the process of detecting and exploiting SQL injection flaws and taking over of database servers. It comes with a powerful detection engine, many niche features for the ultimate penetration tester and a broad range of switches lasting from database fingerprinting, over data fetching from the database, to accessing the underlying file system and executing commands on the operating system via out-of-band connections.




This video tutorial was upload on our youtube channel, it show How To use Sqlmap to Hack Website on Kali Linux:

10) Wireshark – Network packet capture

Wireshark Penetration Testing tools on kali linux

Wireshark is the world’s foremost network protocol analyzer. It lets you see what’s happening on your network at a microscopic level. It is the de facto (and often de jure) standard across many industries and educational institutions. Wireshark development thrives thanks to the contributions of networking experts across the globe. It is the continuation of a project that started in 1998.



This video tutorial will show you How To use Wireshark on Kali Linux:

More Penetration Testing Tools on Kali Linux

The Top 10 Most used tools on kali linux

So that was our Top 10 Penetration Testing Tools on Kali Linux, they are other wonderful tools used for hacking on kali linux like :


And more other tools, to grow up your hacking skills to an expert level on Penetration testing with kali linux, you must be familiarized with all this tools.

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