How to Update Kali Linux [Quick Guide]

update Kali Linux

So you’ve followed our guide to Installing Kali Linux, and you want to make sure all of your software is up to date. Follow these instructions to make sure you’re on the latest version.

Updating Kali Linux from the Terminal

Check that the /etc/apt/sources.list file is populated:

cat /etc/apt/sources.list

You should see something like:

deb kali-rolling main contrib non-free
deb-src kali-rolling main contrib non-free

If you don’t see the above, you may need to add those lines to the file.

If everything looks good in your sources list, you can run the following to update:

sudo apt update

Followed by:

sudo apt full-upgrade -y

Short and sweet!


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