How to install Parrot Security OS

How to install Parrot Security OS

Summary: In this article, we’ll talk about how to install Parrot Security OS.

Parrot Security OS is a Linux distribution based on Debian, designed for pentasters and information security professionals. In its task, it is similar to Kali Linux, here too, along with the system, there is a huge amount of special software for testing security, hacking, encryption and reverse engineering of programs. Among the default programs, there are such well-known products as Aircrack, Metasploit, Ettercap, Brup and many others.

The latest version at the moment was released in November 2016. In this version, the distribution package received software updates to new versions. In this article, we’ll look at how Parrot Security OS is installed on a computer, or a virtual machine.

Preparing for installation

Parrot Security OS comes in several editions:

  • Full – the basic system and all tools for security testing, the graphical environment of Gnome;
  • Lite – contains only the basic system, without tools;
  • Cloud – for server installation and remote management, comes without a graphical interface;
  • IoT – version for devices of the Internet of things, for example, Raspberry Pi;

Before proceeding to installation, you must download the installer image and burn it to the media. Further we will consider all this process.

Step 1: Download the image

Now we will tell you how to install Parrot Security OS.

Download the image edition you need on the official website. For most images, both 64 and 32 bit architectures are available. You just select the download mirror and click Download or Torrent to download it using the torrent.

We will use the Full version, the image takes 3.2 GB, which is not much considering the full set of tools that come with the distribution.

STEP 2. Burning an image on a USB flash drive

To write an installation image to the flash drive, developers provide special utilities. But we can use Rufus in Windows:

Or Unetbootin in Linux:

Or Unetbootin in Linux:

As for writing to disk, you can use programs like UltraISO on Windows or k3b on Linux.

STEP 3. Configuring the BIOS or Virtual Machine

Next, we need to boot the computer from the selected media. To do this, reboot your device and press F2, F8, Del or Shift + F2 during the BIOS splash screen to enter the BIOS setup menu. Then go to the Boot tab and install your USB flash drive or CD drive first in the Boot Device Priority section:

Then go to the Exit tab and select Exit & Save Changes.

If you want to install Parrot Security OS on a virtual machine, for example, VirtualBox or VMware, then you need to configure the machine beforehand. To install successfully, remove the network adapter, sound card, and printer from the created machine. Once the installation is complete, you can return them.

How to install Parrot Security OS

STEP 1. Loader Menu

Immediately after restarting the computer, you will see the bootloader menu in which you can start the system in Live mode or go directly to the installation:

Click Install to start the installation.

STEP 2. Select Installer

Before you download the components, you have to select the installer. We will use the GTK GUI:

The graphical installer, like the text installer, is very similar to Debian, but it’s not surprising, considering what the system is based on.

STEP 3. Starting the installer

The installer loads quickly:

STEP 4. Language selection

Select the language in which you want to install the system:

Then confirm that you want to install in this language:

STEP 5. Choose the country

Choose your country, it will be needed to set the time zone correctly:

STEP 6. Keyboard layout

Choose a keyboard layout:

STEP 7. Change the layout

Select the key to change the layout:

STEP 8. User root rights

Enter the root password:

STEP 9. Normal user

In this step, you need to create the main user, on behalf of which you will use the system. Enter your full name:

Enter login:

Then enter the password twice:

STEP 10. Timezone

Select time zone:

STEP 11. Disk layout

I will consider the option of installing on the entire hard drive and with automatic markup. First select Auto – use the entire disk, all data on your hard disk will be erased:

Then select the drive:

Select the type of markup, for this system you can select all the files on one partition so that you do not split the disc into many parts. This will also be the best choice if you are a beginner:

Check the changes you made and select Finish the layout and burn to disk. To activate any item, click the Continue button:

Confirm the action:

STEP 12. Installation

Wait for the installation to complete. The length of the process will depend on your equipment, but everything is done fairly quickly. I installed the Parrot Security OS on the Virtualbox for half an hour.

STEP 13. Bootloader installation

In order for the system to work we need to install the bootloader on the hard disk. So here you need to select Yes:

Then select the device, you can write the address of the device file manually or select from the list, for example / dev / sda:

STEP 14. Reloading

Installation of the system on the hard drive is complete, now you can restart the computer:

STEP 15. Loader

In the loader menu, select the first item:

STEP 16. Login to the system

Enter the login and password specified during the installation:

STEP 17. Done!

That’s all, installing Parrot Security OS on your computer is completed and now you can proceed to use the system for security testing:

We hope you understand how to install Parrot Security OS!


That’s all, now you know how to install Parrot Security OS. You could be sure that all the actions and the appearance of the installer are very similar to installing Debian. And how do you like this system? Write in the comments!


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