Kali Linux Official Repo List – Fix Broken Installation

The single most common causes of a broken Kali Linux installation are following unofficial advice, and particularly arbitrarily populating the system’s sources.list file with unofficial repositories.

The following post aims to clarify what repositories should exist in sources.list, and when they should be used.

The sources.list file can be found in the following directory:


Using an editor like Vim or nano will be quite useful.

Add the following entries to your sources file:

The Kali Rolling Repository

kali-rolling is our current active repository since the release of Kali 2016.1. Kali Rolling users are expected to have the following entries in their sources.list:

deb kali-rolling main contrib non-free
# For source package access, uncomment the following line
# deb-src kali-rolling main contrib non-free

Retired Kali sana (2.0) Repositories

For access to the retired sana repositories, have the following entries in your sources.list:

deb sana main non-free contrib
# For source package access, uncomment the following line
# deb-src sana main non-free contrib



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