Kali Linux

How to Enable Kali Linux Undercover Mode

Penetration testers and Black Hat hackers value discretion and anonymity above all else. A distribution such as Kali Linux, a tool preferred by is Security Researchers and Penetration testers, may not provide these all the time, especially in public locations where running code and having multiple terminals open can easily call unnecessary attention to yourself.

Offensive Security took note of this and included a mode known called undercover mode in Kali Linux 2019.4.

The undercover mode in Kali Linux is a collection of scripts that allow you to simulate a Windows 10 environment on Kali Linux. It converts the entire interface into a Windows 10 equivalent, limiting the attention you would attract if you were running XFCE with various terminals running and the Kali dragon in the background.

To enable and use Kali Linux undercover mode, you will need to have Kali Linux 2019.4 or later.

Upgrading to 2019.4 or Later

Start by upgrading your distribution using the commands:

sudo apt update
sudo apt -y full-upgrade

You may also need to use XFCE Desktop Environment

Enabling Kali Undercover Mode

To run undercover mode, open the terminal and enter the command:


If you prefer to use GUI, launch the application menu and search for Kali Linux Undercover.

Reverting to Normal Mode

To return to the default mode, enter the command:


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