How To Install Parrot OS: Turn Your PC Into A Hacking Machine

Hello friends, In this post, you will learn how to install parrot os on PC. We will discuss two methods on how to install parrot os on PC. One is using virtualization and another is dual booting parrot os with your primary os.

So let’s dive right into it and look how to install parrot os on your PC.

By the way, if you are a complete beginner and want to learn about hacking from scratch then you must read this guide that I wrote for the complete beginners: ethical hacking for beginners.

But first of all, what is Parrot OS?

Parrot Security OS is a Linux-based distribution that is specially designed for penetration testing purpose. You can say, that it is an Operating System having lots of Hacking tools.

Parrot Security OS comes preinstalled with a large number of Hacking tools which makes it a great platform to get a headstart in Hacking world.

Also, there are many other Linux distributions which are used for penetration testing. The most commonly known of such distribution is the Kali Linux.

Now let me clear one thing, it doesn’t matter which distribution you choose because almost all of them are Linux-based.

That means you can use any Linux distribution on your PC and use it for penetration testing after installing the required tools (if the distribution you choose don’t have them preinstalled).

For example, you can use the Ubuntu OS for penetration testing.

But in this case, you first need to figure out which tool to use, from where and how to download it and how to install and configure it.

That’s why we use penetration testing distributions which comes with lots of hacking tools preinstalled so that we don’t need to hassle about installing tools and setting things up.

This is how Parrot OS looks like:

screenshoot of parrot os desktop

screentshot of parrot os hacking tools

screenshot of hacking tools in parrot os

Here are the system requirements that you need to consider when installing parrot os:

CPU: At least 1GHz Dual Core CPU
ARCHITECTURE: 32-bit, 64-bit and ARMHF
GPU: No graphic acceleration
RAM: 256MB – 512MB
HDD Standard: 6GB – 8GB
HDD Full: 8GB – 16GB
BOOT: Legacy BIOS or UEFI (testing)

How to Install Parrot Os on PC? Get, Up and Running:

The most widely used methods for installing a secondary Operating System is either virtualization or a dual boot with the existing system.

For installing Parrot Security OS in a virtualized environment use VMware. You can download the free version of VMware from here.

Download Parrot Security OS from here.

You will not be able to directly connect to a wireless network from a virtual Operating System.

Although, you can access the Internet on the virtual OS by bridging the connection of your host machine to the virtual machine. But in order to directly connect a virtual OS to a wireless connection, you need to buy an external wifi USB adapter.

The following video will guide you on how to install Parrot Security OS in VMware.


I will suggest you to dual boot Parrot OS with your existing Operating System. This will offer you a better speed and provide you with a good user experience.

And yeah, you don’t need to buy an external wifi adapter too. 

One more thing I want to tell you is that, in Linux distributions, you can also run the Operating System directly onto your PC without having to install it.

This feature is called live mode. You will get Live Mode option while installing any Linux-based OS.

In case you want to know, I dual booted Parrot OS with windows. You just need to create a new partition on your system and then install the Parrot Security OS on it.

Just follow the below video to dual boot Parrot Security OS, and you will be up and running in few minutes.

Why You Should Install Parrot OS?

Free: Like most of the other Linux distros, parrot is also free. That means you can parrot OS for free from their official site. After downloading you can share it with anyone without any legal worries.

You are totally free to read the source code of parrot OS and change it as you want, maybe to create your own personal distro from it.

Simple: As I said earlier you can also install parrot OS if you are regular user and have nothing to do with hacking.

Parrot OS is just as easy as ubuntu in term of its usage. You are provides with bunch of pre-installed tools to your office work. Tools such as libre office, document viewer, keepnote and many others.

Secure: New versions of parrot OS are frequently released, so you don’t need to worry about you lagging behind. It also gives you a sandboxed environment in which the user applications are protected.

This sandboxing is done in order to limit the damage in case the system is compromised.

Lightweight: Parrot OS run extremely well on computers having very limited resources and old hardware. It is a very lightweight operating system among all the other penetration testing distributions of Linux.

Software Store: You can choose applications from a huge repository including all the packages supported by Debian (more than 56000 packages available over 4 different architectures), plus many other applications and tools.

Who Should Install Parrot OS?

  • Security Experts
  • Digital forensics experts
  • Engineering and IT Students
  • Researchers
  • Journalists & Hacktivists
  • Wannabe Hackers
  • Police officers and special security institutions

Breakdown: How To Install Parrot OS

So this was all about how to install parrot OS on PC. I hope you have successfully installed Parrot OS on your PC.

I hope this guide on how to install parrot has helped you. If you have any problem setting things up just let me know in the comment section below.

I will be happy to guide you.

Now that you have installed your parrot os let’s learn Linux commands for beginners with examples. I’m sure you are going to love it.

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