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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  1. 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

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

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

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

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

  3. a tutorial showing some rootless nethunter tools working

    1. 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.

  4. 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

  5. Sudo password for kali

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

    1. 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.

  7. 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 ‘’"

    1. 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.

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

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

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