How to install Parrot OS in VirtualBox

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This tutorial concerns the procedure for installing the Parrot operating system in VirtualBox. We will do our best to make sure you understand this guide. I hope you will like this blog How to install Parrot OS in VirtualBox. If your answer is yes, please share after reading this.

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In this article we will tell you how to install Parrot OS without errors in a virtual box, in-depth review of these operating systems, if you missed this article you can read it here. There are some good tutorials on the internet on how to install Parrot OS in VirtualBox, but there are some issues with installing Parrot OS in VirtualBox that no one is talking about. That is why we have created this tutorial to help you and use parrot os without worrying about installation errors. This tutorial will not take long, we will try to walk you through the necessary tips and actions that you should take.

How to install Parrot OS in VirtualBox on a Windows PC

There are only 5 steps to follow here and they are:

  • Download and install VirtualBox
  • Download the Parrot Security .ISO file
  • Create a Parrot OS guest in VirtualBox
  • Install Parrot OS in VirtualBox
  • Install the VirtualBox guest add-on

Download and install VirtualBox

  • Go to the official Oracle VirtualBox website and download the latest version of VirtualBox hosts for Windows.
  • At the time of this writing, VirtualBox was at version 6.0.x. Yours might be different, but it’s okay.
  • Installing VirtualBox on Windows is as easy as installing any other application. Choose the default installation options and you should be fine.

Download the Parrot OS ISO file

Go to the Parrot OS Security Edition download page and download the Parrot Security 64-bit .iso file (Mate interface).

Create a Parrot OS guest in VirtualBox

  • Start VirtualBox and click “New” on the Tools menu.
  • Click “Expert Mode” under the pop-up window.

Configure the guest operating system with the following details:

  • Name: give the virtual machine any name. I’ll call it Parrot OS 4.6.
  • Machine folder – I leave it as is.
  • Type: Linux
  • Version: Debian (64 bits)
  • But if yours only has 32-bit options and you are sure you have a 64-bit system, then you need to enable virtualization in your computer’s BIOS. Here is a quick video on how to fix this problem.
  • Memory size: this is the amount of RAM on which Parrot will run. Anywhere in the green line will be fine. I’ll set this to 1024MB. Allocate more RAM if you want.
  • Hard Disk – Select Create Virtual Hard Disk Now.
  • Click on “Create” to continue.
  • In the next pop-up window, leave the file location as is and set the file size to at least 30 GB. This will give Parrot enough space to host all the preinstalled programs, as well as those that we will install later.
  • Leave the hard disk file type set to “VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image)” and the physical hard disk storage set to “Dynamic allocation”.
  • Click on “Create” to save.
  • To complete this step, attach the Parrot OS .ISO file that you downloaded to this newly created guest OS. Once the newly created guest operating system is selected, click “Settings”.
  • In the pop-up window, click “Storage”> “Empty” and click the disk icon and click “Choose Virtual Optical Disk File” as shown in the image below. After which, locate the location of the downloaded Parrot OS .ISO file on your computer and select it.

Install Parrot Security OS in VirtualBox

  • You are now ready to install Parrot OS on your VirtualBox. Double-click to start the Parrot OS virtual machine.
  • In the first (boot) menu that appears, scroll down with the arrow keys and press Enter to select “Install” -> “Install with GTK GUI”. I like to use the GUI installer because it’s kind of nicer to look at.
  • Now the next two screens are just cosmetic settings and a matter of user preference. System language Location Keyboard language. Usually I just hit enter to type in the highlighted options that work fine. We invite you to make your choice here.
  • Set here a password for the ROOT account. This is the highest password for this system, it is like the Windows administrator password, so make sure you don’t forget it.
  • We will now create a standard user for non-administrative (daily) operations. Parrot OS is amazing to have this when installed. In Kali, you will do this manually after installation (i.e. if you know you need to do it). You can put your ninja hacker name here 🙂
  • Set the clock. Another cosmetic scenario. Set your time zone according to your preferences.
  • Partition the disks. We could continue to partition our virtual hard drive and have a separate partition for / home, / opt, etc. But using the entire disk without partitioning will work fine for our purposes, which is recommended for new users by the way.
  • Configure an exchange space? Say “No” to bypass the swap space settings. We won’t need it in our virtual machine. And select “Yes” on the next screen to write all the changes to the disks.
  • After writing the changes to disk, the system will start to install. It will take some time depending on the speed of your computer and also how much RAM you have allocated to the VM.
  • Install the GRUB boot loader? Select “YES” and then select the only hard drive device we have, which is the 30GB virtual hard drive we created at the start.
  • Completing the installation… It will take a little longer, so please be patient.
  • Your Parrot OS will restart automatically and take you to the connection screen of your new ParrotSec virtual machine. Log in with the username and password that you defined for the standard user that you created during installation.
  • That’s it. Your Parrot OS is ready to be used for hacking training. But before that, you need to do some housework.

Install VirtualBox Guest Additions

  • VirtualBox Guest Additions helps your guest virtual machine integrate more closely with your host system. Adds a collection of controllers that allow essential features like full screen mode, clipboard sharing, drag and drop.
  • One of the many reasons I prefer Parrot OS to Kali is that most of the first things to do after installing Kali Linux are now complete. So you just need to update the system and install the VirtualBox guest additions.
  • To update the system, open a terminal and run the following command:
    • $ sudo apt update && apt upgrade -y
  • It will take a while depending on how many updates you need to catch up. Even if you just downloaded the ISO file and installed it immediately, you will still have pending updates. Welcome to the world of Linux
  • Then run the following command to install the VirtualBox guest additions:
    • sudo apt install virtualbox-guest-x11
  • Now restart the system

When the system restarts, you should be able to maximize the VM window and use Parrot in full screen mode.

Finally, to enable clipboard sharing and drag and drop file sharing between host and guest computers, go to VM Settings -> General. In the Advanced tab, enable both options (Shared Clipboard and Drag & Drop) as desired. But I like to set both to “Bidirectional”.

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