Pentest Linux Distributions

BlackArch v2019.09.01 – Penetration Testing Distribution

BlackArch Linux v2019.09.01 - Penetration Testing Distribution

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BlackArch Linux is an Arch Linux-based distribution for penetration testers and security researchers. The repository contains 2336 tools. You can install tools individually or in groups. BlackArch Linux is compatible with existing Arch installs.


  • added more than 150 new tools
  • added terminus font for all WMs (thanks to psf for i3-wm bugfixes)
  • included linux kernel 5.2.9
  • new ~/.vim and ~/.vimrc (thanks to noptrix offering his config files)
  • updated blackarch-installer to v1.1.19
  • various improvements and bugfixes
  • removed dwm window manager
  • replaced the default terminal xterm with rxvt-unicode
  • updated look&feel: new BlackArch theme for WMs, grub, syslinux, etc. (special thanks to Erik!)
  • QA’ed and fixed all packages (runtime exec).
  • updated all blackarch tools and packages including config files
  • updated all system packages
  • updated all window manager menus (awesome, fluxbox, openbox)

Download and Installation

BlackArch Linux only takes a moment to setup.
There are three ways to go:

  1. Install on an existing Arch machine.
  2. Use the live ISO.
  3. The live ISO comes with an installer (blackarch-install). You can use the installer to install BlackArch to your hard disk.

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