January 29, 2018 · tutorial pentesting kalilinux ·

How to set up Kali Linux OS in cloud at Just $2.50/Month for penetration testing


In this post, I will walk you through how to setup and install Kali Linux in one of the cheapest VPS providers for just $2.50/month. I've tried this personally, successfully deployed Kali Linux which is working fine so far and have decided to share this with Infosec community.This would be very handy for all penetration testers, Bug Hunters as it is hosted in the cloud. So, Here are the procedures to set up the beast in the cloud.


  1. Register User Account in Vultr
  2. Upload Minimal Kali Linux ISO
  3. Install Kali Linux Complete System
  4. Set up SSH server
  5. Fixing Network Interface Card (NIC) issue
  6. SpeedTest
  7. Bonus Tips & Advice

1) Register User Account in Vultr

Give $100, Get $35:
Use this coupon code to receive 100$ credits in your vultr account if add 35$ to your registered account.


Vultr provides various cloud hosting services to its clients.They have an interesting feature where users can upload and deploy their own custom operating system ISO such as Kali Linux, etc.During the time of write-up, They also provide cheapest VPS hosting with below specifications for just $2.50/Month in Los Angeles and Miami Locations.
Go to this Link, Register a user account and Make sure you pay for minimum payout before deploying servers.

2) Upload Minimal Kali Linux ISO


3) Install Kali Linux Complete System


4) Set up SSH server

We don't want to access our box every time via Web Console.So, We can enable SSH Service from Kali Linux and can add that in the startup.By default, SSH service will not be enabled in Kali Linux.

5) Fixing Network Interface Card (NIC) issue

I have observed that kali linux is not configuring the network interface correctly after reboot.It changed interface from ens3 to eth0 and you cannot make Inbound/Outbound connections to internet.

To fix the Issue:

6) SpeedTest

I am getting Upload & Download speed in between 100-200 MB/sec. Have calculated it using 'speedtest-cli'.

7) Bonus Tips & Advice

You can use Tmux or Screen to keep the sessions on the server when you access the box via SSH.

After installing Kali Linux in Vultr, Don't forget to secure your box. As it is exposed on the internet, Keep updating security patches, Audit your server and do the necessary hardening.

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility, Hacking into someone else’s systems are illegal. Make sure that you have explicit permission before breaking into other systems.Also, Read Vultr use policy.

Please feel free to comment if you have any Feedbacks/Questions

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