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Install Parrot OS on VMWare Workstation

If you are into cybersecurity you may hear about Kali Linux. However, Parrot OS is another Linux distribution which is built more or less for the same purpose as same as Kali Linux. Since Parrot OS is not a general-purpose Linux distribution, it is more often to see the Parrot OS running as a guest operating system rather host. If you don’t know more about the Parrot Linux, don’t worry, we are here to introduce you Parrot OS and how you can install Parrot OS on virtual platform like VMWare Workstation.

What is Parrot OS?

Parrot OS is a community supported open source Linux distribution built on Debian platform like Kali Linux. Parrot OS is not developed for general-purpose use. It is developed by community of developers and security specialists together to build a shared framework of tools for pen-testers, security researchers, security auditors, digital forensics, threat hunters, reverse engineering, and people who associated with the cybersecurity landscape. Learn more about Parrot OS from here.

What is VMWare Workstation?

VMWare Workstation is an application developed by VMWare to create virtual machines, containers, and Kubernetes clusters on any desktop or server system. VMWare released VMWare Workstation in two products: VMWare Workstation Pro and VMWare Workstation Player. VMWare Workstation Player is released on a free license with limited features, whereas VMWare Workstation Pro is an enterprise paid version that has loaded with a lot of features. Full documentation is published on the VMWare portal for free. Refer to the documentation from here.

  1. VMware Workstation Pro Documentation Center
  2. VMware Workstation Player Documentation Center

Prerequisites to Install Parrot OS on VMWare Workstation:

To install Parrot OS on VMWare Workstation you just need a physical machine, VMWare Workstation Pro or Player, and Parrot OS ISO image.

  1. A host system with minimum:
    1. 8 GB of memory
    2. A quad core CPU
    3. 500 GB of Hard Drive
  2. VMWare Workstation Pro or Player application:0
    1. Download VMWare Workstation
  3. Parrot OS ISO bootable image to install on VMWare Workstation.
    1. Download Parrot OS

How to Install Parrot OS on VMWare Workstation?

Time needed: 30 minutes.

How to Install Parrot OS on VMWare Workstation?

  1. Fier up VMWare Workstation

    Download the VMWare Workstation application for your host operating system and install it on your machine. The installation procedure is pretty simple and straight. Read the documentation for more details. Open the app after installation. Create a new Virtual Machine.


  2. Select Custom Configuration Wizard

    You can choose either Typical or Custom Wizard. We recommend selecting Custom if you want to install with all the configurations. If you are okay with default configurations then go ahead with Typical configurations.

    What Type of Configuration Do you Want

  3. Select Virtual Machine Hardware Compatibility

    Chose the most comparable version of the workstation for your hardware. Select the latest available option or just go with the default option if you don’t have the choice.

    Which Hardware Feature are Needed For This virtual Machine

  4. Select the Operating System Media

    Select ‘I will install the operating system later’ for an interactive installation.

    Guest Operating Sustem Installation

  5. Select Guest Operating System

    Guest Operating System

  6. Name the Virtual Machine Name and location

    Type a name and give the location details.

    Virtual Machine Name

  7. Allocate the Processors

    Assign the processors, Calculate the processor required to run the host machine. Assign the leftover resources to the virtual machine. We recommend to go with the below allocation setting.

    Processor Configuration

  8. Allocate the Memory for Virtual Machine

    Memory allocation calculation is the same as the processor allocation. Leave sufficient memory for the host system and allocate the remaining memory for the virtual machine.

    Memorry for The Virtual Machine

  9. Choose the Network Configuration

    Select the network configuration which goes well with your set up.

    Network Type

  10. Select the I/O Controller Type

    Select Controller Types

  11. Select Disk Type

    Select a Disk Type

  12. Select Virtual Disk

    Select the Virtual Disk if you have or create one.

    Select a Disk

  13. Select Disk Capacity

    Select the disk size. Selecting a single disk will increase the performance. However, selecting a split disk will help in the disk transfer scenario.

    Specify Disk Capacity

  14. Browse the Virtual Disk File

    Specify Disk File

  15. Click Finish

    Read To Create Virual Machine

  16. Supply Parrot OS ISO Image to Virtual Machine

    Download Parrot OS image. Edit the CD/DVD settings and import the downloaded Parrot OS image.

    Virtual Machine Settings

  17. Power On the Virtual Machine

    Press the Play button to power on the Virtual Machine.

    Parrot-xfce-4.11.2_amd64 One

  18. Parrot OS live boot

    After boot up just dubble Click on ‘Install Parrot’ Icon to invoke the installation.

    Desktop Installation Icon

  19. Welcome Parrot OS Virtual Machine

    After powering on the Virtual machine, you will be treated with a welcome screen on which you will ask you to choose the language. Select the language and click next.

    Welcom To the Calamares Installer

  20. Select – Region (America) – Zone (New York) – Next


  21. Select Keyboard Layout

    Select your keyboard layout or just go by default English (US).


  22. Partition the Disk

    Select Erase the Disk for auto partition. Or Select the Advance option to create the custom partition.


  23. Create an a User Account

    Type Name – Login Name – Computer Name – Password – Click Next


  24. Click – Next


  25. Write Changes to Disk to begin installation

    Click – Install Now

    Continue With Installation?

  26. Welcoe To Parrot OS Installation Screen

    Installation is in progress…


  27. Login to the Parrot OS

    The VM will reboot after the completion of the installation. Just log in with the user account created in step 23.


  28. Parrot OS Desktop

    This finishes the installation of Parrot OS on VMWare Workstation.

    Parrot Screen

This is how you should install Parrot OS on VMWare Workstation. We hope this tutorial post will help you in installing Parrot OS on VMWare Workstation. Thanks for reading this post. Please share this post and help to secure the digital world. Visit our social media page on FacebookLinkedInTwitterTelegramTumblr, & Medium and subscribe to receive updates like this.

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Arun KL

Hi All, I am Arun KL, an IT Security Professional. Founder of “thesecmaster.com”. Enthusiast, Security Blogger, Technical Writer, Editor, Author at TheSecMaster. To know more about me. Follow me on LinkedIn

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