Operating System for Penetration Testing in a Nutshell; Kali Linux vs Parrot Security OS

Kali Linux is a Debian-based Linux distribution aimed at advanced Penetration Testing and Security Auditing. Kali contains more than 600 hundred pre-installed tools which are geared towards various information security tasks, such as Penetration Testing, Security research, Computer Forensics, Web Application testing, and Reverse Engineering. Kali Linux is developed and maintained by Offensive Security, a leading information security training company. It was developed as a refined pen-testing distro that would be served as a replacement for backtrackOS. It was released on the 13th March 2013 as a complete, top-to-bottom rebuild of BackTrack Linux, adhering completely to Debian development standards.

what is parrot os?

Parrot Linux (Parrot Security, parrot OS, Parrot GNU/Linux) is a free and open source GNU/Linux distribution based on Debian Testing designed for security experts, developers, and privacy aware people. When I say Debian based, it means that the code repositories adhere to Debian development standards. It includes a full portable arsenal for IT security and digital forensics operations, but it also includes everything you need to develop your own programs or protect your privacy while surfing the net. The operating system ships with the MATE desktop environment preinstalled and is available in several flavors to fit your needs.


  1. Both Operating systems are tuned for penetration testing.
  2. Both Operating systems support 32bit and 64bit architecture.
  3. Both Operating systems support cloud VPN.
  4. Based on Debian development standards.
  5. Comes with the pre-installed arsenal of hacking tools.
  6. Both Operating systems support for embedded and IoT devices.

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