How to Install Kali Nethunter on Mediatek Android Devices

Kali Nethunter is a popular custom Android ROM, based on Kali Linux, that was originally developed for Nexus devices, but has been forked to many others. Kali Linux is a kind of “hacker’s paradise” distribution, as it comes with over 600 pre-installed apps related to digital forensics and penetrative testing.

While Kali Nethunter has a number of ports for the most popular Android devices, Kali Nethunter has a separate build for Mediatek-based Android devices.

In this guide, we are going to show you exactly how to install Kali Nethunter on your Mediatek device, as well as offer a handful of links to Kali Nethunter ROMs for specific Mediatek-based Android devices.


  • A rooted Mediatek device (search Appuals for Android root guides)
  • TWRP, FlashFire, or Philz CWM Touch Recovery. – CWM is not supported but must be installed.
  • Your device’s kernel version (Settings > About Device)

Note: You do not need to wipe your sytem data before proceeding. Kali Nethunter is an overlay ROM, which means it is meant to be flashed over an existing Android ROM.

At the end of this guide, you will find a large collection of Kali Nethunter downloads, according to specific devices and kernel versions.

For TWRP Users:

  1. Download the correct Kali Nethunter zip for your device and kernel version from our list of downloads below this guide.
  2. Save the .zip onto the SD card of your device.
  3. Boot into TWRP recovery, then tap Install, choose the zip file, and swipe to flash it.
  4. Reboot normally.

For Non-TWRP Users:

  1. Download the correct Kali Nethunter zip according to your device and kernel version.
  2. Download and install the FlashFire app from Google Play or alternative APK resource.
  3. Launch FlashFire, and grant it root permissions.
  4. Tap the plus sign and then choose “Flash ZIP or OTA”.
  5. Tap the drop-down arrow, and then choose “Filesystem Root”.
  6. Next tap “Mnt”, followed by “SDCard2 / SDCard”, and choose the .zip file.
  7. Now check both of the dialogue boxes and tap the checkmark.
  8. On the main menu of FlashFire, scroll down and tap the Flash button – do not mess with any other settings other than what has been instructed here.

Final Steps

  1. After Kali Nethunter has been successfully flashed onto your device, do not open any apps yet. Only open the Nethunter app at this stage, and grant it root permissions.
  2. Go to “Kali Chroot Manager” and also grant it root permissions, then tap “Install Kali Chroot”, followed by “Download Latest”, and choose Full or Minimal Chroot, according to your storage space.
  3. It will begin downloading the necessary files. When it is finished, you can tap “Install Kali Chroot”.
  4. After that is completed, reboot, and you now have Kali Nethunter installed on your Mediatek device!

Developers can find the Kali Nethunter Source Code here.

To completely uninstall Kali Nethunter from your device, flash this zip.


If the terminal app force closes, uninstall it and try an alternative, like this terminal app.

Atheros chip based adapters that are unable to get WLAN1 up or displayed in the terminal should proceed like this:

Launch the Nethunter Terminal app on choose “Kali”.

Enter the following commands:

apt-get update
apt-get install firmware-atheros

Next check “airmon-ng” after re-plugging your adapter.

Realtek chip based adapters unable to get WLAN1 up or displayed in terminal:

Launch the Nethunter Terminal app and choose “Kali”.

Enter the following commands:

apt-get update
apt-get install firmware-realtek

Then check “airmon-ng” after re-plugging your adapter.

Any other chips aside from Realtek or Atheros, try these instructions if WLAN1 similarly fails to appear:

Launch Nethunter Terminal app and choose “Kali”.

Enter the following commands:

apt-get update
apt-get install firmware-misc-nonfree

Check “airmon-ng” after re-plugging your adapter.

List of Kali Nethunter Zips by Device and Kernel

MT6572 Downloads

MT6797 Downloads

MT6735 Downloads

MT6577 Downloads

MT6580 Downloads

MT6582 Downloads

MT6589 Downloads

MT6592 Downloads

MT6752 Downloads

MT6753 Downloads

MT6755 Downloads

MT6795 Downloads

MT6782 Downloads

MT6737 Downloads


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.