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Windows Subsystem for Linux/WSL GUI with Kali

More featureful GUI support is coming to WSL this year, but for users of Kali there's an option available right now.

Kali for WSL comes with a GUI baked right in, but since I only just realised this I thought it was worth doing a quick post on it.

To get the Kali GUI on Windows, install WSL first – we have a guide on installing WSL 2 here: https://www.linuxupdate.co.uk/2020/10/16/windows-10-wsl2/

Then download Kali from the Microsoft Store here: https://www.microsoft.com/store/productId/9PKR34TNCV07

Launch Kali Linux from the Start Menu and it will walk you through creating your user account.

Check for and install updates:

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

Install Win-KeX

sudo apt install kali-win-kex

Once installed, you can launch the GUI with the following one-line command (see, simple!):

kex wstart

When you’re done, press the F8 key on your keyboard and pick Exit Viewer

Jon Procter

Linux, Unix, and Windows server sysadmin with strong experience in security and compliance.

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