If you have a MacBook and want to use Kali Linux in your MacBook then this article is going to be helpful for you for installing Kali Linux in your MacBook. Most of us want to use another OS on one PC. We are going to show you how it can be possible. Some professionals also want to use this way to make dual boot mac with Kali Linux. If they have to work on two OS then they have to use two PCs For their work, so this way will be helpful for them. If you are working on another OS and you don’t want to shut down your system and want to work on other then you can also move to another with the help of Hibernate and make your task easy. Here we are going to describe How to Dual Boot Mac with Kali Linux.
Whatever the reason behind it mainly we are talking about the dual boot Kali Linux on MacBook. We are giving you the way, how making it. These steps are going to help you to make your Mac dual boot linux. You can also go through Kali Linux dual boot mac with vmware. Dual boot with Boot Camp linux is not possible but you can make dual boot Windows with Mac.
This guide will help you to dual boot Osx with Kali Linux using third party application rEFInd with an Encryption option by Kali Linux. With the help of this application, we can go to boot menu option used in Apple’s Osx OS. Which is perfect for dual boot. Once Kali Linux has been installed, rEFInd can be customized to be hidden or removed completely.
Installation Requirement and Precautions
- Minimum disk space for Kali Linux is 20 GB.
- RAM- Minimum 1 GB
- Device newer than 2012, otherwise Older Devices may not work USB booting without rEFInd pre-installed and you will need an ISO file burned DVD.
- Kali Linux ISO file.
- Burned Kali Linux ISO image to a DVD or copy in USB Drive.
- Backup your all important file or information in external media.
Steps For making Dual Boot in Mac with Kali Linux
Download rEFInd and extract it. Now open terminal.
Drag and Drop refind-install file in terminal and hit enter.
Restart your PC and you will see rEFInd boot menu.
Partition Procedure For Kali Linux
You will need a room for your Linux Distribution in your Mac Osx.
Press command + space and type “Disk Utility” and press enter and disk utility will open and now select your hard drive from the list and select “Partition” on the right.
Shrink your current Mac Osx partition to make space for your Linux system. Minimum requirement of the hard drive is 20 GB(I recommend). Don’t create the new partition after shrinking your current partition, just leave the space empty.
Restart your system and at the time of booting, you will see rEFInd will appear.
Now select the USB or Disk Drive containing the Linux system and boot it on your Mac.
Launch your Kali Linx installation process. Now choose “Graphical Install” and go for next process.
In the next step choose your language and then your country location. You will also prompt to configure your keyboard with the appropriate keymap.
Select country and click continue.
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Chose keyboard style “American English” for normal keyboard style.
IP Configuration, you can choose your network automatically or manually, then click on continue.
Set your Hosting Name as you want and continue.
Set your root password for “root user”. After entering administrative account password click continue.
Now partition method click on “manual” and hit continue.
Be careful its time to select the partition for Kali Linux. Select a partition and click on continue.
Select “Delete Partition” and Continue.
You can see the partition allocated Kali installation. Named as “Free Space” choose and hit continue.
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Now choose “Automatically partition the free space” and continue.
Select “all files in one partition” and hit continue.
Finally, select “finish partition and write changes to disk” and continue.
Now time to ask for permission to write change in the disk. Choose “yes” and continue.
“Network mirroring chooses” you can choose as you want. We recommended you to choose “No”.
“GRUB boot loader” chooses yes and continues.
Install boot loader. Choose your hard disk for Kali and continue.
Completion of installation process clicks continue.
Now Restart your PC.
After the restart GRUB loader is loading.
Now time to choose OS to continue.
To login into Kali Linux choose “kali GNU/linux” it appear as a Windows OS.
Note:- using rEFInd you can install any other Operating Systems in your MacBook.
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How to remove Linux and rEFInd?
If you decided to no longer use of dual boot Linux on your MacBook then you can remove Linux fairly easily.
Login With Mac OSx and go to disk utility.
In a next step delete partition which carries Linux distribution (Kali Linux).
After deleting your partition you can enlarge your Mac Osx Partition from the disk utility and reclaim the space used for Linux.
TO remove rEFInd from your system then you should follow the official rEFInd uninstallation instruction.
There is no need to remove rEFInd to work your Mac fine without uninstalling from your system it will also work great.
Precaution: – At a time of creating disk drive for Kali Linux and installing Kali Linux you should be careful because you may replace your Mac Osx completely and Kali Linux will installed in the whole disk. Then you will have to reinstall your Mac Osx again. So backup your data and be careful while installing Kali Linux.
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Mac OS don’t provide any simple way to installing Linux While Apple makes installing windows easy through boot camp. The rEFInd is not mandatory to use for making dual boot. It makes your task easy with easy steps so we recommend. If you want to use other tweaks than you can go through that. Many of you have used Kali Linux on Mac virtually but with this steps, you can use Kali Linux as the real operating system. You can dual boot Kali Linux on MacBPro pro and all other MacBook product. One thing you should remember that you can’t use Boot Camp to dual boot Kali Linux.
Installing Ubuntu is easy to install than other Linux Distribution personally I feel that and it doesn’t need to follow so many steps while installation. At last most important thing please follow the precaution.
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