Creating a Bootable USB for Kali Linux
If you are interested to see my documentation about making a bootable USB for Xubuntu please click here!

This USB was made by using the latest version of Xubuntu (the 14.04 release).

Downloading Kali Linux 

23.13. After navigating to I chose the version that would suit me the best and started downloading the ISO image for 64-Bit system.

USB imaging

22.40. I followed the guide offered by and used the command  sudo fdisk -l without plugging the USB yet. I needed to pay attention to the path of Device Boot (/dev/sdb1). After this I inserted USB and ran the same command again. Now I could see how the name of Device Boot had changed to sdc1. This would be my USB to use.

22.50 It only took a while to format the dd code correctly as the base was already given on Kali's web page. After running the correct command for the first time I got an error message "'/dev/sdc1': Permission denied". In these kind of situations I tend to ask sudo for help and it also worked this time.

sudo dd if=kali-linux-2.0-amd64.iso of=/dev/sdc1 bs=512k

23.04 Running the command did not give any printout until the process was complete in 14 minutes. After imaging the USB the feedback was:

6333+1 records in
6333+1 records out
3320512512 bytes (3.3 GB) copied, 756.411 s, 4.4 MB/s 

Now I was ready to boot Kali.

Running Kali

I navigated to the boot menu and chose the USB but instead of the new OS I bashed straight into the Secure Boot Violation.

I followed the instructions of the message, chose the Security tab from BIOS and enabled Secure Boot state. BIOS restarted and I tried to boot my USB again. This time it happened without any error messages. After choosing Live (amd) I finally got inside successfully.


I tried many times creating the USB with unetbootin, just like with Xubuntu, but I never got it to work. I used different versions of Kali and unetbootin seemingly imaged the USB but when I tried to run it from BIOS I only got a flash of a black screen before I was guided to the BIOS view again.

I strongly recommend using Xubuntu's command line for creating a bootable Kali Linux. It is easy and in my opinion more simple than unetbootin.

Sources: Making a Kali Bootable USB Drive,


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