NetHunter Rootless -- Official Kali NetHunter for non rooted phones

Mobile phones are very portable and useful. Hackers dream device is mobile phone with Kali Linux installed. Kali Linux NetHunter project is a Open Source Android penetration testing platform for Nexus and One Plus devices. By using NetHunter we can install Kali Linux on supported Android smartphone, but there are some unofficial tutorial to install NetHunter on any phone with/without root our Android device. Now we can install Kali Linux NetHunter rootless on any non-rooted Android smartphone officially this is made by Re4son.

Nethunter Rootless
Nethunter Rootless -- NetHunter for non rooted devices with KeX support


  • Android device (Stock unmodified device, no root or custom recovery required).
  • Decent Internet connection.


  • First we install the NetHunter store app from
  • From the NetHunter store , we need to install 'Termux', 'NetHunter-KeX client' and 'Hacker's keyboard'. (The button “install” may not change to “installed” in the store client after installation - just ignore it and Starting termux for the first time may seem stuck while displaying “installing” on some devices - just hit enter.)
  • Open Termux application and type following commands one by one:

pkg install wget
wget -O install-nethunter-termux
chmod +x install-nethunter-termux 

How to use:

We need to open Termux app and type one of the following:

nethunterstart Kali NetHunter command line interface
nethunter kex passwdConfigure the KeX password (only needed before 1st use)
nethunter kex &

start Kali NetHunter Desktop Experience
nethunter kex stopstop Kali NetHunter Desktop Experience

  • The nethunter command can be abbreviated to nh.
  • If we run kex in in the background (&) without having set a password, bring it back to the foreground first when prompted to enter the password, that is via fg <job id> - we can later send it to the background again via Ctrl+z and bg <job id>
  • To use KeX, start the KeX client, enter our password and click connect.
  • For a better viewing experiance, enter a custom resolution under "Advanced Settings" in the KeX client.


  1. Run apt update && apt full-upgrade command thing after installation. If we have enough storage space available we can run apt install kali-linux-full as well.
  2. Firefox doesn't work on unrooted devices. We can remove it and install Chromium via those commands, apt remove firefox-esr and apt install chromium. Then find "Chromium Web Browser" item in application menu right click and select "Edit Application" then change the command to /usr/bin/chromium --no-sandbox %U
  3. All of the penetration testing tools are working but some of them might have restrictions because of non-rooted device. For example metasploit works fine but doesn't have database support.
  4. Some utilities like "top" can't be run in unrooted Android.
  5. We can perfrom a regular backups of out rootfs by stopping all nethunter sessions and typing following command in termux session:

tar -cjf kali-arm64.tar.xz kali-arm64 && mv kali-arm64.tar.xz
On older devices, change "arm64" to "armhf".

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  • AnonymousFebruary 10, 2020 at 11:40 AM

    Nethunter commands doesn't work with me and i tried to set by
    Nethunter kex passwd
    It says ./vnconnections not available i dont know what to do

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      FedoraApril 16, 2020 at 10:47 PM

      Error starting the KeX server.
      Please try "nethunter kex kill" or restart your termux session and try again.

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        Kali LinuxApril 17, 2020 at 7:00 AM

        Use command
        nethunter kex kill
        to close the KeX server and close terminal by
        command. Then restarts everything it will Work.

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        • AnonymousJune 10, 2020 at 3:33 AM

          Same here, i restarted but it just keeps giving me the same message

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            UnknownJuly 19, 2020 at 11:18 AM

            Did you get any solution for the same. I am also facing it

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            UnknownMay 19, 2020 at 5:56 AM

            a tutorial showing some rootless nethunter tools working

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              Kali LinuxMay 19, 2020 at 7:53 AM

              yes, those tools will works which doesn't require root permissions, and you will not get the database support.. Other everything will work like a charm.

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              ..May 21, 2020 at 1:30 PM

              After installation i tried sudo.
              [Sudo] password for kali
              I tried to typed password which I
              Set nethunter kex passwd.
              It didn't work. Plz help

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              PrafulMay 26, 2020 at 5:38 AM

              How To restart ofter exit

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              ..May 31, 2020 at 12:59 AM

              Sudo password for kali

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              ..June 7, 2020 at 7:01 PM

              People say that Instagram account can be hacked through kali Linux.!
              Is it true???

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                Kali LinuxJune 7, 2020 at 7:47 PM

                Answer of this is pretty difficult. We mean you simply can't terminate an Instagram. We have a detailed article on this. We wrote it for Facebook but Instagram will be the same. Click here to read it. Read it carefully. You can trick the victim with phishing and social engineering. Kali Linux will provide you tools for penetration testing.

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                SofilerJune 24, 2020 at 5:57 PM

                I have installed this way before but now I get an error why?
                "wget -O install-nethunter-termux
                --2020-06-24 15:24:22--
                Resolving failed: No address associated with hostname.
                wget: unable to resolve host address ‘’"

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                  ToxiJune 28, 2020 at 9:25 PM

                  I had recently installed with this method and worked without any problems. And now iam also getting the same error message as u got.I had tried in different phones and getting the same. Maybe there is some problem with the url. Hope it will be solved soon.

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                  Amit SamalJuly 12, 2020 at 9:20 PM

                  Rootfs corrupted. Please run this installer again or download the file manually - please solve this problem ,

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                    Kali LinuxJuly 13, 2020 at 7:55 AM

                    Hey the answer is comes with the error. Run the installer again and download the file manually. Simple.

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                      UnknownNovember 9, 2020 at 4:33 PM

                      Again and again the same error founds

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                        BabulOctober 29, 2020 at 5:57 AM

                        When i run #./install-net....
                        File downloaded but unable to extract. It said download again or install manually . How can i do it manually

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                          orgilNovember 19, 2020 at 5:18 PM

                          When run nethunter kex & and press enter 2 times service exit

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                            UnknownMarch 5, 2021 at 11:40 PM

                            Hi,,i just tried installng kali using this method and i got problem,, the vnc is connected but kali not show up on vnc..

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                          • AnonymousMarch 28, 2021 at 12:54 AM

                            Sound not working with nethunter plzzz help step by step

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                            • AnonymousApril 23, 2021 at 11:51 AM

                              it says :

                              Error starting the KeX server.
                              Please try "nethunter kex kill" or restart your termux session and try again.

                              i used nethunter kex kill

                              but said :
                              use nethunter kex sigkill


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                                Kali LinuxApril 24, 2021 at 8:43 PM

                                Follow the steps

                                Long press the Termux app and go Press "Force stop"

                                Open termux app

                                Again make new password for nethunter kex just type "nethunter kex passwd"

                                After you set the password type "nethunter kex &"

                                It will reset and give you a new port for nethunter kex app

                                Go to nethunter kex app and set the port and put the password

                                It works perfectly fine :)


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                                UnknownMay 11, 2021 at 11:13 AM

                                Hello, i've successfully installed Kali Linux Nethunter Rootless on my tablet. How can i uninstall it?

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                                  Kali LinuxMay 12, 2021 at 11:41 AM

                                  Just delete the downloaded files and "apt purge package-name" to uninstall installed packages.

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                                • AnonymousMay 24, 2021 at 10:25 PM

                                  Really I like your response,Kali nethunter team.

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                                    RaViGktPJune 6, 2021 at 11:32 PM

                                    My nethunter kex is too much slow.
                                    It is only open and after use of 3-4 tap of pointer it always show connection problem.
                                    This problem is showing again and again what should I do?

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