In this article, you will learn about the top 6 most used hacking tools for Kali Linux.

Kali Linux is the most popular pen-testing operating system out there. It is popular for having everything under one hood. The user just have to boot it up and just do its things – No setup is required as the people who develop it have done that for you.

In this guide, I list the top 6 most popular and widely used hacking tools for Kali Linux so let’s see what are these.

1. Nmap

Nmap - Kali linux tool

Nmap (Network Mapper) is a very popular tool in Kali Linux’s stack. It is used to gather information about the network.

With this tool, you can easily get the insights about the host, its IP address, OS detection, what are the ports open, and similar network security details.

Nmap (Offical Website)

2. Aircrack-ng

Aircrack-ng - Kali linux tool

Aircrack-ng is a suite having many tools to assess a WIFI network’s security. It allows you to monitor the network to get insights and then you can manipulate it for your advantage. The suite is capable to handle all kinds of network securities like (WEP, WPA, WPA2).

In order to use Aircrack-ng effectively, you need a wireless adaptor with monitor mode support.

Aircrack-ng (Offical Website)

Also checkout: ProtonVPN: Best free VPN service for Linux

3. Metasploit Framework

Metasploit - Kali linux tool

Metasploit framework is the most used penetration testing framework. It comes with everything that you may need to perform any kind of security assessment.

With Metasploit, you can easily verify vulnerabilities and test the known exploits. The framework is very up to date as new modules are added regularly, thanks to the open-source community and Rapid7, the company behind the tool.

Metasploit (Offical Website)

4. Wireshark

Wireshark - Kali linux tool

Wireshark is another popular network analyzing tool. It is also famous for being the best network sniffing tool.

It basically sniffs the network traffic and converts it into a human-readable format in realtime. The IP packets then can be analyzed to detect any intrusion.

Wireshark (Offical Website)

5. Hydra

Hydra - Kali linux tool

Hydra is a real-deal tool. You will find it very interesting as this tool is used to crack login/password pairs.

The tool uses parallelized login cracking, supporting numerous protocols to attack. It’s fast, flexible, and easy to use.

Hydra (Offical Website)

6. WPscan

WPscan - Kali linux tool

WordPress is the most popular and used CMS in the world. So it is a constant target for the attackers. WPscan is a WordPress security auditing tool.

You can use this tool to find out whether there is any vulnerability lurking in your WordPress installation.

WPscan (Offical Website)

Also checkout: How to install and use WPscan on Linux

Watch Video guide on YouTube

Additionally, You can also watch a step-by-step video guide on YouTube to get a better understanding of it.


So that is the list for top 6 Kali Linux tools. Let me know what you think about it in the comments and subscribe to the LinuxH2O Youtube channel. Till then, keep enjoying Linux.