How to create a live bootable USB for Kali Linux? Want to use Kali Linux from your USB anywhere and anytime with a persistence feature? Then this post is for you. I will show you how you can make a live bootable Kali Linux USB with persistence. Enjoy Kali Linux on any computer with only your USB.
You might find lots of tutorials on making persistence Kali Linux live bootable USB over the internet. Most of them are old and not working with new updates. The method of creating a persistence partition with the terminal of Kali is also different. You might get stuck in the first step while typing your command “fdisk -l” because it doesn’t work now. This can really annoy you. So, to remove all your errors and confusion today I am writing a tutorial on how to live boot Kali Linux from USB with persistence. The method is simple and we don’t need to perform any steps of command on the terminal to make persistence like you see in other tutorials.
So let’s start our tutorial without wasting time.
What is Kali Linux live boot?
You might have a PC where you want to dual boot a Linux operating system with your Windows OS. Due to PC specifications and other limits you might want to explore other options. The live boot is the other option you are looking for. Live booting is the processing of using Kali Linux on a PC without installing it on any disk of the PC. You can add Kali Linux on your USB drive and access kali linux from any PC anywhere.
Live booting creates a portable operating system for you, which can be accessed from any PC without actually installing it. With this method, you can also save your work done on Kali Linux by creating persistent storage. In this tutorial, we will learn about how to create a bootable Kali Linux USB so that you can use it to live boot and add a persistent store. With this, you won’t have to worry about PC specs limitation problems.
- USB (more than or equal to 8 GB)
- Kali Linux live iso file
- PC with windows
How to create a bootable Kali Linux USB?
In previous versions of Kali Linux, we need to perform some extra steps to create persistence most of the time. But in its latest version Kali Linux 2020.1b, we can create persistence with Rufus only and we don’t need any extra steps. It’s a lot easier. Let’s start our tutorial now.
- You need to download the Kali Linux live iso file from this link. Download 64/32 bits according to your computer. I have downloaded a 64-bit file. Just download the torrent file from the site click on your downloaded file and open your file in the torrent app to download. You can also use the UC browser to download torrent files.
- Now download the Rufus tool from its official link. Download Rufus 4.2. Your Windows version and processor won’t matter because it will run on either 64 or 32-bit.
- Now connect your USB to your pc. USB must be empty and must be equal to or more than 8 GB.
- Then open the Rufus app and select your USB.
- Then select the Kali Linux iso image and for persistence partition volume, slide the bar in “persistence partition size” to max. Your setting should be exactly like mine. I am using an 8GB USB that’s why my persistence partition is 4 GB.
- Now click on start and click ok when it asks.
- Wait for some time to complete.
- After it completes, restart your device and go to the boot device option. To go to the boot device option just enter your boot setup key before your PC logo shows up while booting. Mine key was esc. You might be del, F9, F12, etc. Just google your boot setup key with pc version to find out.
- Now select your Pendrive
- Then click on live USB persistence. Now you have a live bootable persistence USB of Kali Linux.
Note: You won’t require further steps with the terminal to create persistence. Remember to use Rufus for this operation. Always use the “live USB persistence” option while booting. There your work will remain saved and you can access it anytime. Now you can use Kali Linux on anyone’s computer from your USB without installing it. Enjoy your mini Kali Linux device.
You can revert your bootable USB back to normal in just 1minutes. Click here to know how.
This is the end of our tutorial. So, today we learned the method to use Kali Linux anywhere from our USB to saving the files. Our journey is long and yet more things are to be learned and to spread. Stay updated with us and subscribe to our browser notification and newsletter. Feel free to share and support us. Goodbye till another interesting and useful article.