BlackArch Linux Updated Is Over 10GB, but Full of New Tools

The growingly popular Arch-Linux based BlackArch Linux has just been updated to version 2018.12.01 (yes, they are numbering releases based on the date), and it brings a whole slew of new tools – 150, to be exact. Users will find that this brings BlackArch Linux’s total amount of tools to around 2000.

BlackArch Linux is a penetrative-testing focused OS, much similar to Kali Nethunter. That is why its called BlackArch (for BlackHats, right?).

Whats New in BlackArch Linux 2018.12.01

In this latest release, the Linux kernel has been upgraded to kernel version 4.19.4, as well as updates to all of the window manager menus and system packages.

Furthermore, a ‘bactl’ package was added, which is a script that allows the user to configure their BlackArch environment. The wicd service has been enabled by default, while dwm and wmii window managers were removed.

You can view the full changelog for this BlackArch Linux update over on the distro’s blog, as well as see the entire list of tools (its super long) included in the OS on the tools page.

At over 10GB in size, the OS is still small enough to be placed on a USB media or VirtualBox. However, the OS also offers a smaller “netinst” image, for network installations.

To download BlackArch Linux, use these links:

However, you should not use UNetBootIn to create a bootable USB, as UNetBootIn will modify the bootloader configuration. Users are recommended to use this terminal command instead:

sudo dd bs=512M if=file.iso of=/dev/sdX

The default login for all ISOs is root:blackarch. Full installation procedures can be found on the official BlackArch page.


Kamil Anwar

Kamil is a certified MCITP, CCNA (W), CCNA (S) and a former British Computer Society Member with over 9 years of experience Configuring, Deploying and Managing Switches, Firewalls and Domain Controllers also an old-school still active on FreeNode.