Install PowerShell on Kali Linux

I tried to install PowerShell on Kali Linux Rolling by following instructions on the GitHub page as well as other articles I found online and none of them worked. I’m going to tell you what worked for me.

In the past I’ve stuck to Bash and Python for all of my scripting needs because they work cross platform. My work issued laptop runs Windows 10 and I use Git Bash to run my simple shell scripts that I use mainly to slice, dice, and reformat data, and Python for everything else. I’m a big fan of using one cross platform scripting language when possible.

Lately I’ve found a need to dive into PowerShell to be able to understand a complex script that I took over from a departing coworker. I was really surprised at how easy it is to work with XML using PowerShell after struggling to read XML with Python and xmlstarlet. Add in some Unicode and dependency problems while switching back and forth between Python 2.7 and 3.5 and I knew is was time to give PowerShell a chance. This had me thinking about starting a personal project to create a cross platform script in PowerShell to manage pentests and reporting.

Let’s get started installing PowerShell on Kali.

Edit: If you get an error in the next step when installing libicu55 using apt-get, download it from here instead and install using “dpkg -i”. Thanks to caoimhinp and yfnsg for feedback in the comments!

First, open a terminal and run “apt-get install libunwind8 libicu55”. Next you’ll need to download libssl1.0.0 from Debian and install with the command “dpkg -i┬álibssl1.0.0_1.0.1t-1+deb8u6_amd64.deb”. Now you can download the PowerShell Ubuntu 16.04 deb package and install using “dpkg -i powershell_6.0.0-alpha.18-1ubuntu1.16.04.1_amd64.deb”. Now you should be able to enter “powershell” in your terminal to run it.

If you get any errors when using certain Powershell commands, like curl for example, check your aliases. Some common aliases that work by default on Windows aren’t set here. You’ll need to either use the expanded name or set a new alias.

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5 thoughts on “Install PowerShell on Kali Linux”

  1. Installing powershell_6.0.0 results in:
    Unpacking powershell (6.0.0-alpha.16-1ubuntu1.16.04.1) …
    dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of powershell:
    powershell depends on libicu55; however:
    Package libicu55 is not installed.

    dpkg: error processing package powershell (–install):
    dependency problems – leaving unconfigured
    Errors were encountered while processing:
    powershell

    get it here:
    http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/i/icu/libicu55_55.1-7_amd64.deb

    1. My post covers the need to install that as a prerequisite, so I’m not sure why you posted that since you didn’t ask a question.

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