Penetration Testing with Linux is the best option for every Security Researcher or Ethical Hacker.

Linux is open source it gives you the freedom to choose your own operating system. For that a lot of developers and companies developed some special distributions for this purpose. Ex: Kali Linux, BackBox Linux, ParrotSecurity OS and so on!

Today I will share with you a list of Top 10 Penetration Testing Distributions for this Year 2017!

Aslo Read: Most Important Penetration Testing commands Cheat Sheet for Linux Machine

1- Kali Linux:

Top 10 Penetration Testing & Ethical Hacking Linux

Kali Linux is a Penetration Testing Distribution based on Debian. Developed by Offensive Security. The first release was on February 5, 2006 it’s a completion of BackTrack Linux Project. It used to use GNOME as a Desktop Environment. Nowadays Kali Linux became a Rolling release Distro. It has a lot of tools in the Kali Repositories. Download.

2- BackBox Linux:

Top 10 Penetration Testing & Ethical Hacking Linux

Backbox linux is a penetration testing distro based on Ubuntu Linux. Developed by BackBox Team. First release was on September 9, 2010. Backbox used to use XFCE as a Desktop Environment and Ubuntu LTS versions as a base. It contain the most professional, famous and used tools in the PenTesting field like MSF, NMAP, BurpSuite, Armitage, SQLMap and so on. Download.

3- Parrot Security OS:

Top 10 Penetration Testing & Ethical Hacking Linux

Parrot Security Operating System is a Penetration Testing & Forensics Distro dedicated to Ethical Hackers & Cyber Security Professionals. It has a big repository that collect a lot of amazing hacking tools for newbies and experts. Developed by FrozenBox. The first release was on June 2013. It used to use MATE as a Desktop Environment it’s based on Debian like Kali Linux. Download.

4- BlackArch Linux:

Top 10 Penetration Testing & Ethical Hacking Linux

Blackarch Linux based Arch Linux. Lightweight Penetration Testing Distro designed for Professional & Elite Hackers who have the ability to work with Linux like a Pro. Used to use FluxBox & OpenBox as a Desktop Environment with other DE’s. It has a huge tools in the repository more than 1500+ hacking tool included in the Distro & Repo. First release was on 2013. Download.

5- Pentoo:

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Pentoo a PenTesting distro based on Gentoo. Nice collection of hacking tools. First release was on June 2005. It’s some how an old distro. We can say it’s outdated. Download.

6- Samurai Web Testing Framework (Samurai WTF):

Top 10 Penetration Testing & Ethical Hacking Linux

Samurai WTF is a Professional Web Application Penetration Testing Framework & Distro. It contains only WebApp Pentest Tools such like Burpsuite, SQLMap… and so on. Based on Ubuntu. First release was on 2008. Download.

7- Network Security Toolkit (NST):

Top 10 Penetration Testing & Ethical Hacking Linux

Network Security Toolkit also known as NST is a Professional Distro designed for Network Security & Network Penetration Testing Operations. Based on Fedora. It contains the most professional & used tools in Network PenTest field. First release was on 2003. Download.

8- WifiSlax:

Top 10 Penetration Testing & Ethical Hacking Linux

Wifislax amazing Wifi Penetration Testing Distro based on Ubuntu. It contains a lot of Wifi Cracking/Hacking/PenTesting tools. Developed by an Italian Security Team. Download.

9- Bugtraq:

Top 10 Penetration Testing & Ethical Hacking Linux

Bugtraq professional penetration testing distro designed for Penetration Testing Operations and Reverse Engineering and Malware Analysis Missions. Based on Debian, contain a lot of hacking tools. Developed by Bugtraq-Team, first release was on 2012. Download.

10- Cybrog Hawk:

Top 10 Penetration Testing & Ethical Hacking Linux

Cyborg Hawk, Ubuntu-Based Penetration Testing & Ethical Hacking distribution. Contain more than 700 hacking tool. Amazing distro for hacking purpose. Developed by Cyborg Hawk Team from Australia. Download.