How to fix broken Menu in Kali Linux

How to fix broken Menu in Kali Linux Fix broken Menu in Kali - blackMORE Ops - 1

If you have a broken menu in Kali Linux, for example,

  1. You deleted menu items
  2. You reordered them and now want the old menu back
  3. You accidentally dragged one into another
  4. You renamed them
  5. You removed some applications and can’t remember which one
  6. You want to reinstall missing packages

type in the followings in your terminal:

Remove and purge Kali-Menu

apt-get remove --purge kali-menu && apt-get clean

Remove local applications in your profile

rm -rf .local/share/applications

Remove Kali Menus from .config

rm -rf .config/menus

Reboot your machine


Reinstall Kali-Menu

apt-get install kali-menu -y

If this doesn’t solve the menu problem, only then move to next step.

Reinstall Kali-linux-full

apt-get install kali-linux-full -y

Now your broken menu in Kali Linux should be back in order.

Note: MATE Desktop users needs additional steps to fix Kali Linux Menu. Follow the link below:

How to install/remove MATE Desktop Environment in Kali Linux

If you wan’t to install/remove different desktop environments, follow this link:

How to install/remove different Desktop Environment or Window Manager in Kali Linux 1.x

Follow next article to switch to another desktop permanently. (make default) How to permanently switch Desktop Environments

Thanks for reading.

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  1. wow !!!! you are very good in linux , i just had this issue today .
    Simple things in linux to solve sometimes could be a headache .
    Thank you for all your work in the site and for all your shared knowledge .

  2. please help me…
    after i do apt-get autoremove in terminal, i get kali login: unable to determine destination address
    kali linux can’t display

  3. Thanks for this. almost everyone who wantas to change kali look will encounter.
    Any update on a way to get the kali categories back?

    Can this be helpful? I got stuck in following it:

  4. i tryed the above, no deal
    Reading state information… Done
    Package kali-menu is not available, but is referred to by another package.
    This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
    is only available from another source

    E: Package ‘kali-menu’ has no installation candidate

    • I have Kali rolling edition installed on my computer and the same problem occured. I just ha to do this :
      apt -y install –reinstall kali-menu

  5. Hello Sir!
    Once I updated and upgraded kali linux in terminal after restarting my computer all the desktop icons are disappeared and when i am right clicking on the desktop it is giving three options:
    Change Background
    Display Settings

    What to do Please help me.

  6. hi i have parrot os is can change name kali to parrot-menu

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