ParrotOS vs Kali Linux: Hacking Tools 💯 By Kausar

〽️When it comes to general tools and functional features, ParrotOS takes the prize when compared to Kali Linux. ParrotOS has all the tools that are available in Kali Linux and also adds its own tools. There are several tools you will find on ParrotOS that is not found on Kali Linux. Let’s look at a few such tools..

Wifiphisher is a rogue Access Point framework for conducting red team engagements or Wi-Fi security testing. Using Wifiphisher, penetration testers can easily achieve a man-in-the-middle position against wireless clients by performing targeted Wi-Fi association attacks. Wifiphisher can be further used to mount victim-customized web phishing attacks against the connected clients in order to capture credentials or infect the victim stations with malware.

ParrotOS vs Kali Linux: Hacking Tools

Being anonymous for a hacker is the first step before hacking a system. Anonymizing a system in an ideal way is not an easy thing. No one can perfectly anonymize a system. There are many tools available on the internet that say they anonymize systems. AnonSurf uses TOR IPtables to anonymize the whole system. Not to mention that tor already comes pre-installed on ParrotOS. Sure you can import AnonSurf and download tor on Kali but they don’t come pre-installed, and that is what counts right now.

〽️Above that, since ParrotOS is also designed with development in mind, it also comes pre-installed with a bunch of useful compilers and IDEs which are absent on Kali Linux.

〽️ParrotOS vs Kali Linux: Variations
Both operating systems come with a variety of variations, but ParrotOS has much more in terms of variety. Below is a table of the variations in both OS.

〽️Parrot OS Kali
Parrot Sec OS Full Edition Kali Full Edition
Parrot Sec OS Lite Edition Kali Lite Edition
Parrot Sec OS Air Edition Kali Desktop Variation (e17/KDE/Xfce)
Parrot Sec OS Studio Edition Kali armhf/armel (IoT devices)

〽️As you guys see, Parrot has some diverse features with a release focussed on wireless penetration testing (air) and one that is tuned for multimedia content creation(studio). Other than that, it also has releases that have cloud support and support for IoT devices. Kali gives the basic full and lite edition along with custom desktop interfaces(e17/KDE/Matter/LXDE). Kali also has support for cloud and IoT devices.

〽️ParrotOS vs Kali Linux: Which One is Better for Beginners?
Now the main question remains, which of these two distributions is better for beginners. Well, it is to be duly noted that both these distributions are not exactly meant for beginners. If you want to learn about Linux as an operating system, you’re better off using something like Ubuntu. This also doesn’t mean that you cannot learn the basics on ParrotOS or Kali.

〽️On the other hand, if you already know the basics of Linux and want to get your hands on an operating system to learn ethical hacking, I’d personally recommend using the ParrotOS Sec OS Light. The light version comes with the bare minimum of networking tools. This means, as you learn your ethical hacking concepts slowly, you could develop/install tools one by one instead of being overwhelmed with a whole bunch of them from the beginning. Not only does this allow yourself to evolve as an ethical hacker and penetration tester but it also makes sure your fundamentals are built in a methodical manner.

I recommend ParrotOS over Kali for one other reason too. The default user for Kali is root. This makes the environment a whole lot more aggressive, and mistakes tend to be a whole more difficult to deal with. Overall, when it comes to ParrotOS vs Kali Linux, I personally prefer ParrotOS.

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