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BlackArch Linux

Last Update: 2018-03-24 02:02 UTC


BlackArch Linux is an Arch Linux-based distribution designed for penetration testers and security researchers. It is supplied as a live DVD image that comes with several lightweight window managers, including Fluxbox, Openbox, Awesome and spectrwm. It ships with over a thousand specialist tools for penetration testing and forensic analysis.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 61 (179), 6 months: 70 (171), 3 months: 91 (131), 4 weeks: 93 (123), 1 week: 74 (132)

Average visitor rating: 8.13/10 from 8 review(s).


Antergos Summary
Distribution BlackArch Linux
Home Page http://blackarch.org/
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Documentation http://blackarch.org/guide.html
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Download Mirrors http://blackarch.org/downloads.htmlLinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker https://github.com/BlackArch/blackarch/issues
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 • 2017-11-24: Distribution Release: BlackArch Linux 2017.11.24
 • 2017-08-30: Distribution Release: BlackArch Linux 2017.08.30
 • 2017-03-02: Distribution Release: BlackArch Linux 2017.03.01
 • 2016-12-21: Distribution Release: BlackArch Linux 2016.12.20
 • 2016-08-19: Distribution Release: BlackArch Linux 2016.08.19
 • 2015-03-30: Distribution Release: BlackArch Linux 2015.03.29
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Feature 2017.12.11 2016.12.29 2015.03.29 2014.07.01
Release Date 2017-12-11 2016-12-29 2015-03-30 2014-07-01
End Of Life        
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 400-6800      
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO
Installation Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode
Default Desktop Fluxbox Fluxbox Fluxbox Fluxbox
Package Management Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed
Office Suite -- -- -- --
Processor Architecture armv6h, armv7h, x86_64 armv6h, armv7h, i686, x86_64 armv6h, armv7h, i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64
Init Software systemd systemd systemd systemd
Journaled File Systems        
Multilingual        
Asian Language Support        
Full Package List 2017.12.11 2016.12.29 2015.03.29 2014.07.01
Package 2017.12.11 2016.12.29 2015.03.29 2014.07.01
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.6) 1.1.5 1.1.3 1.0.29 1.0.28
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- --
bash (4.4.18) 4.4 4.4 4.3 4.3
bind (9.12.1) -- -- -- --
chromium (66.0.3359.181) 63.0.3239.84 -- -- --
cups (2.2.7) -- -- -- --
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.3.6 4.3.5 4.3.2 4.3.0
e2fsprogs (1.44.2) 1.43.7 1.43.3 1.42.12 1.42.10
firefox (60.0.1) 57.0.2 50.1.0 36.0.4 30.0
freetype (2.9.1) 2.7.1 2.6.5 2.5.5 2.5.3
gcc (8.1.0) 7.2.1 6.1.1 4.9.2 4.9.0
gimp (2.10.2) -- -- -- --
glibc (2.27) 2.26 2.24 2.21 2.19
gnome-shell (3.28.2) -- -- -- --
gnucash (3.1-1) -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.41) -- -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02 -- -- --
gtk+ (3.22.30) 3.22.26 3.22.5 3.14.9 3.12.2
httpd (2.4.33) 2.4.25 2.4.25 2.4.12 2.4.9
inkscape (0.92.3) -- -- -- --
k3b (18.04.1) -- -- -- --
kmod (25) 24 23 20 18
krita (4.0.3)        
libreoffice (6.0.4) -- -- -- --
linux (4.16.10) 4.14.4 4.8.13 3.19.2 3.15.2
Package 2017.12.11 2016.12.29 2015.03.29 2014.07.01
lxpanel (0.9.3) -- -- -- --
mariadb (10.2.15) 10.1.29 10.1.20 10.0.17 5.5.37
mate-desktop (1.20.1) -- -- -- --
mesa (18.1.0) 17.2.6 13.0.2 10.5.1 10.2.2
mysql (8.0.11) -- -- -- --
nautilus (3.28.1) -- -- -- --
NVIDIA (390.48) -- -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.5.2 3.5.2
openjdk (10.0.1) 7u131 7u111 7u75 7u60
openssh (7.7p1) 7.6p1 7.4p1 6.8p1 6.6p1
openssl (1.1.0h) 1.1.0g 1.0.2j 1.0.2a 1.0.1h
perl (5.26.2) 5.26.1 5.24.0 5.20.2 5.20.0
php (7.2.5) 7.2.0 7.0.14 5.6.7 5.5.14
plasma-desktop (5.12.5) -- -- -- --
postfix (3.3.1) 3.2.4 3.1.3 3.0.0 2.11.1
postgresql (10.4) 10.1 9.6.1 9.4.1 9.3.4
Python (3.6.5) 3.6.3 3.5.2 3.4.3 3.4.1
qt (5.10.1) 5.9.3 5.7.1 5.4.1 5.3.1
samba (4.8.2) 4.7.3 4.5.3 4.2.0 4.1.9
systemd (238) 235 232 218 214
thunderbird (52.8.0) -- -- -- --
vim (8.1) 8.0 8.0 7.4 7.4
vlc (3.0.2) -- -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- -- --
xorg-server (1.20.0) 1.19.5 1.18.4 1.17.1 1.15.2

Reader Ratings
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8.1
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Version: 2017.12.11
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-05-02
Votes: 16


Installed as a daily driver, with no issues.
The large number of 1,940+ tools is there if you need it, but also doesn't get in the way of basic tasks.

This distro is an Arch-based masterpiece for red-team pentesting and blue-team forensic work.
I'm very fond of their default Fluxbox theme, and I prefer Fluxbox as my goto anyway, so it's a perfect fit.
Very easy to customize, and very stable (at least for me so far).

Though be warned, it is Arch-based so familiarity with the Arch way is highly recommended.
For a beginner to Arch and/or Linux in general, I wouldn't recommend this distro. Learn on regular Arch first or get your feet wet with a distro that holds your hand... this is not that.

If you're familiar with Arch and customizing a system to meet your exact specifications, you'll have a grand time enjoying all the effort put into this distro.

Can't wait to see where they take it in the future, and putting the number of tools aside I think it rivals and bests its peers by a longshot.


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Version: 2017.12.11
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-04-06
Votes: 2


Great distribution, great community. This distro clearly benefits from all things Arch Linux.


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Version: 2017.12.11
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-12-22
Votes: 0


very interesting and awesome.
thx for the best


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