Getting started with BlackBuntu Linux

A security-focused operating system is a hacker’s best companion as it helps them to discover the weaknesses in computer systems or computer networks. Whether you are pursuing a career in Information Security or working as a security professional or you are interested in this specific field of knowledge, you must be known of a decent Linux distro that suits your purpose. We are happy here to introduce you to BlackBuntu Linux, a new Pentesting / Ethical Hacking distribution based on Ubuntu.


BlackBuntu is born from the passion and spirit of 2 specialists. Let’s cut the bullshit, this distribution is a GNU/Linux distribution based on Ubuntu and designed with Pentest, Security and Development in mind for the best user experiences.


Designed to be fast, easy to use and provide a minimal yet complete desktop environment. BlackBuntu Linux it’s also a software repositories that are constantly updated to the latest stable version of the most popular and best known ethical hacking tools.

  • Cracking Tools
  • Digital Forensics
  • Exploitation Tools
  • Hardwares Tools
  • Information Gathering
  • Networking Tools
  • Privilege Escalation
  • Reporting Tools
  • Reverse Engineering
  • Sniffing & Spoofing
  • Stress Testing
  • Social Engineering
  • Vulnerability Analysis
  • Web Applications Analysis
  • Wireless Attack

First of all, download the latest full version ISO of BlackBuntu, for desktop PCs and laptops. The latest version include all pentest and security tools listed above.

What you’ll need

  • A verified copy of the appropriate ISO image of the latest BlackBuntu build image for your system.
  • If you’re running under Windows, you’ll also need to download Win32 Disk Imager. On Linux you can use the dd command.
  • A USB thumb drive, 4GB or larger. (Systems with a direct SD card slot can use an SD card with similar capacity but the procedure is identical).

Creating Bootable BlackBuntu USB Drive on Windows

  • Plug your USB drive into an available USB port on your Windows PC, note which drive designator (e.g. “F:\”) it uses once it mounts, and launch Win32 Disk Imager.
  • Choose the BlackBuntu Linux ISO file to be imaged and verify that the USB drive to be overwritten is the correct one. Click the “Write” button.
  • Once the imaging is complete, safely eject the USB drive from the Windows machine. You can now use the USB device to boot into BlackBuntu Linux.

Creating Bootable BlackBuntu USB Drive on Linux

Creating a bootable BlackBuntu Linux USB key in a Linux environment is easy. Once you’ve downloaded and verified your BlackBuntu ISO file, you can use the dd command to copy it over to your USB stick using the following procedure. Note that you’ll need to be running as root, or to execute the dd command with sudo. Depending on the distro you’re using, a few specifics may vary slightly, but the general idea should be very similar.

First, you’ll need to identify the device path to use to write the image to your USB drive. Without the USB drive inserted into a port, in order to do so, simply execute the below command :

$ sudo fdisk -l

You’ll get output that will look something like the below screenshot, showing the available drive “/dev/sda”, and them partitions (“/dev/sda1”, “/dev/sda2”, and “/dev/sda5”).

Now, plug your USB drive into an available USB port on your system, and run the same command, “sudo fdisk -l” a second time. Now, the output will look something (again, not exactly) like this, showing an additional device which wasn’t there previously, in this example “/dev/sdb”, a 16GB USB drive :

Proceed to burn the image of the BlackBuntu ISO file on the USB device. The example command below assumes that the ISO image you’re writing is named “blackbuntu-1.0.0-20190105-1-amd64.iso” and is in your current working directory. The blocksize parameter can be increased, and while it may speed up the operation of the dd command, it can occasionally produce unbootable USB drives, depending on your system and a lot of different factors. The recommended value, “bs=1M”, is conservative and reliable.

$ sudo dd if=blackbuntu-1.0.0-20190105-1-amd64.iso of=/dev/sdb bs=1M && sync

Burning the USB drive can take a good amount of time, over ten minutes or more is not unusual, as the sample output below shows. So be patient or go to have a cup of coffee.

Also you must know that the dd command provides no feedback until it’s completed, but if your drive has an access indicator, you’ll probably see it flickering from time to time. The time to burn the image across will depend on the speed of the system used, USB drive itself, and USB port it’s inserted into. Once dd has finished imaging the drive, it will output something that looks like this :

3227+0 records in
3227+0 records out
3383754752 bytes (3,4 GB, 3,2 GiB) copied, 1,73162 s, 2,0 GB/s

Trying BlackBuntu

Running BlackBuntu directly from either a USB stick or a DVD is a quick and easy way to experience how BlackBuntu works for you, and how it works with your hardware. Most importantly, it doesn’t alter your computer’s configuration in any way, and a simple restart without the USB stick or DVD is all that’s needed to restore your machine to its previous state along with your current operating system.

With a live BlackBuntu, you can do almost anything you can from an installed BlackBuntu :

  • Safely browse the internet without storing any history or cookie data.
  • Access files and edit files stored on your computer or USB stick.
  • Fix broken configurations to get a computer running again.
  • Use absolutely all installed pentest and security tools.

After inserting your USB stick or your DVD, simply select “Try BlackBuntu” in order to boot the live CD. After few seconds, your machine will automatically start the live version of BlackBuntu.

Installing BlackBuntu

Installing BlackBuntu from either a USB stick or a DVD it’s easy as 1,2 and 3. To move further, we invite you to watch up the below step by step video which are much better than a long speech. During the installation process, you may choose to download the latest update while installing BlackBuntu, in such case an Internet connection will be required.

After inserting your USB stick or your DVD, simply select “Install BlackBuntu” in order to start the installation wizard. After few seconds, your machine will automatically start the BlackBuntu installation process wizard.

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