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Adding Kali Linux mirrors after offline installation

How to fix Kali apt-get slow update - blackMORE OpsIf you installed Kali offline from a CD/DVD or USB (or have chosen not to connect to internet during installation), you probably have an empty sources.list file with just 2 lines on it (CDROM’s). Also if your internet connection is not reliable or too slow to do an update during install, you might’ve chosen a similar installation option. Either way, you won’t get the mirrors or repositories during a hard disk install added to your sources.list file. This will cause issues in the future when seeking new or updated software packages from the Kali repos.This guide shows how to add official Kali Linux mirrors or repositories.

Similar posts exists in this website to troubleshoot other problems which might be worth looking into:

  1. How to fix Kali Linux apt-get slow update?
  2. How to change repositories to a different mirror?
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Kali Linux sources.list Repositories page: Official Link

Open sources.list and comment all lines with # in front

leafpad /etc/apt/sources.list

Add Official Repo’s only:

## Regular repositories
deb http://http.kali.org/kali kali main non-free contrib
deb http://security.kali.org/kali-security kali/updates main contrib non-free
## Source repositories
deb-src http://http.kali.org/kali kali main non-free contrib
deb-src http://security.kali.org/kali-security kali/updates main contrib non-free

Save and close the file.

You can check that the sources have been added and are being used by loading Add/Remove Software from the Sys Tools menu and selecting System -> Software Sources.

Clean your apt-get

apt-get clean

STOP: If your Kali Linux apt-get update is slow follow this guide to sort out other issues: How to fix Kali apt-get slow update?

To switch repositories to a different mirror of your choice, follow this guide: How to change repositories to a different mirror?

Do an apt-get update

apt-get update

Do and upgrade

apt-get upgrade

Finally do a distribution upgrade

apt-get dist-upgrade

That’s it, you’re set.Thanks for reading. Please share.

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11 comments

  1. thanks …. that was very helpful…

  2. I’m not a big fan of being dependent on the Internet for installations… How would you get all updates, and dependencies without installing them and keep them for a later off-line installation?

  3. I keep getting an error whenever I do this. Can’t even update…

    ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————-

    :~# apt-get update
    Err http://http.kali.org kali Release.gpg
    Unable to connect to http.kali.org:http: [IP: 123.123.123.123 80]
    Err http://security.kali.org kali/updates Release.gpg
    Unable to connect to security.kali.org:http: [IP: 123.123.123.125 80]
    Reading package lists… Done
    W: Failed to fetch http://http.kali.org/kali/dists/kali/Release.gpg Unable to connect to http.kali.org:http: [IP: 123.123.123.123 80]

    W: Failed to fetch http://security.kali.org/kali-security/dists/kali/updates/Release.gpg Unable to connect to security.kali.org:http: [IP: 123.123.123.125 80]

    W: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.

    ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————-

    What am i doing wrong???

  4. thank u so much…….it’s work

  5. Everything works, but for some reason kali breaks the wireless connection after a while and then just reconnects .This has nothing to do with the wireless network.

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