Effortlessly Make a USB Bootable KALI Linux

How to Effortlessly Make a USB Bootable KALI Linux Flash Drive using YUMI UEFI from within Windows. Backtrack was a Live Linux distribution that was originally based on Knoppix. It was designed to be a distribution focused purely on penetration testing. As a result, it comes prepackaged with security tools including network analyzers, password crackers, wireless tools and fuzzers. Backtrack was discontinued in March of 2013 and replaced by KALI which is based on Debian.

The following tutorial covers the process of booting and running KALI from a USB flash drive.

USB Bootable KALI Linux – Formerly Backtrack

USB Bootable Kali Linux running from a flash drive

Distribution Website: Project Home Page

Persistent Feature: Yes

Essentials to USB Boot KALI Linux:

  • YUMI UEFI (does the Kali Live Linux USB conversion)
  • KALI ISO
  • Flash Drive (fat32 formatted)
  • Windows 11, 10 ,8, 7
  • Computer that can boot from USB

How to create a USB Bootable KALI Linux

  1. Download and launch YUMI UEFI Multiboot Tool
  2. (1) Select your Flash Drive from the list of devices.
    (2) Then Choose Kali (Penetration Testing) from the list of distros.
    (3) Browse to your ISO file, and then click Create.
    YUMI UEFI - Make a USB Bootable Kali Linux
  3. Once the YUMI UEFI USB Installer has finished, reboot your PC and set your BIOS or Boot menu to boot from your USB flash drive.
    YUMI - USB Bootable KALI Linux

If all went well, you should be presented with a YUMI Boot Menu option similar to that which is shown above. Allowing you to select and run the USB Bootable KALI Linux from your MultiBoot flash drive.

Notes: YUMI is Multi bootable USB Software. It can also be used to store and boot multiple Linux Operating Systems, Windows Installers, Antivirus Scanners and other essential System Tools from one flash drive.

USB Boot KALI Linux with Persistence

A USB Bootable Kali Linux with Persistence is possible through the Debian method of creating an ext3 partition or block file with a “persistence” volume label. This persistent partition or block file must also contain a persistence.conf file with / union as a single line of text.

Note: The Username and Password for Kali is Kali