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Kodachi OS Review

Kodachi is a free Debian based Operating System designed specially for security, anonymity and privacy. It has built in anonymity, cryptography and anti forensics solutions. If compared with others, its a better alternative for its competitor Operating Systems like Tails and Qubes. It has a complete suite of tools and utilities that one needs to secure his privacy and anonymity on the internet.

When Kodachi boots up, it changes your MAC Address, establishes TOR (The Onion Routing) connection through a paid VPN and all of the internet traffic has to go through TOR plus VPN with DNS encryption. Also it changes your MAC Address regularly after a while to avoid detection and tracking on the internet.

Kodachi runs on Live USB, CD, DVD and can be used with USB persistence, also it can be installed on Hard Disk Drive but that’s not recommended. Kodachi is entirely anti forensics, it leaves no traces of your activity on host system and can’t be traced back. It also has wipe RAM option in Panic Room Panel to clear Temporary Memory.

Followings are some of its amazing features which aren’t provided by any other Operating System


Kodachi provides full anonymity with a VPN, TOR Network and even DNS encryption. When you start the Operating System, it automatically changes your MAC Address and starts VPN and TOR Network Service. Then it forces all of your traffic to go through the VPN + TOR Network Tunnel with DNS encryption. It has I2P, GNUNET and custom VPN as alternative options to TOR which other similar Operating systems like Qubes and Tails lack.

You can also deploy your own VPN easily using built-in VPN clients. It has dedicate panel for TOR services where you can change your exit node if you want.

Kodachi browser has tons of extensions to Block Scripts on your browser, change browser agents, block ads and destroy cookies. These extensions can save you from online tracking, cryptojacking and many other online attacks.

Panic Room

If something goes wrong while surfing the web, there is a “Panic Room” folder specially built for emergency situations where you can wipe Hard Disk, RAM and destroy kodachi completely. By using these options, no will be able to trace you back or perform any type of Forensics on host’s system because it will leave no traces on the system even on RAM. Also if you’ve installed Kodachi on your Hard drive and you want a complete re-install with no traces of previous Kodachi, then you can do it within the live session without any extra effort. The built-in tools save all configurations and settings and can resume your working from where you left.

Cryptography and Cryptocurrency Wallets

Kodachi has pre-installed tools that support both symmetric and asymmetric encryption to secure your files online and offline. VeraCrypt, TrueCrypt and GPA use to encrypt your files, docs, partitions and hard drives while KeePass is used to securely store your passwords.

Kodachi also has secure Cryptocurrency Wallets to record and make cryptocurrency transactions securely. These wallet can help you out while buying something anonymously on the darknet or the surface web

Ease of Use

Kodachi OS is very friendly as compared its competitor Operating Systems and requires no prior knowledge to use it. You don’t have to be an IT expert to use Kodachi, softwares, firewalls, VPNs and TOR are pre-configured and put into the folders for your ease of use. It’s gonna take an hour or less for a noob to get completely comfortable with the Operating System environment.  Kodachi also has a set of apps that are used for general purposes like Virtualbox, Bleachbit, Audacity, Filezilla and System Monitor that add to its accessibility and ease of use for a normal user.


Kodachi is an Operating System built for anonymity and privacy online. Kodachi has got everything that one can need to secure and anonymize himself online. It’s famous for its ease of use, so many built-in tools and features. Its Desktop environment is user friendly and light weight. Formerly, Tail or Qubes OS were used for that purpose but when Kodachi came to market, it got much popularity because these OSes don’t have these advanced tools & features.

About the author

Usama Azad

A security enthusiast who loves Terminal and Open Source. My area of expertise is Python, Linux (Debian), Bash, Penetration testing, and Firewalls. I’m born and raised in Wazirabad, Pakistan and currently doing Undergraduation from National University of Science and Technology (NUST). On Twitter i go by @UsamaAzad14