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BackBox Linux
Bb2 desktop screen.png
Developer Raffaele Forte and others[1]
OS family Unix-like
Working state Active
Source model Free and open-source software
Latest release 3.13 / January 16, 2014 (2014-01-16)
Platforms i386(x86), amd64(x86-64)
Kernel type Linux
Default user interface XFCE
License Mainly GNU GPL / Various
Official website

BackBox is an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution penetration test and security assessment oriented providing a network and informatic systems analysis toolkit. BackBox desktop environment includes a complete set of tools required for ethical hacking and security testing.


BackBox main aim is providing an alternative, highly customizable and performing system. BackBox uses the light window manager Xfce.

It includes some of the most used security and analysis Linux tools, aiming to a wide spread of goals, ranging from web application analysis to network analysis, from stress tests to sniffing, including also vulnerability assessment, computer forensic analysis and exploitation.

The power of this distribution is given by its Launchpad repository core constantly updated to the last stable version of the most known and used ethical hacking tools. The integration and development of new tools inside the distribution follows the commencement of open source community and particularly the Debian Free Software Guidelines criteria.


BackBox Linux project was born in south Italy in 2010. The project was began on initiative of a single individual, but later, within a few months, became well populated community and expanding everyday.


Date Release
Sep 9, 2010 BackBox Linux RC
Jan 3, 2011 BackBox Linux 1[2]
May 5, 2011 BackBox Linux 1.05[3]
Sep 3, 2011 BackBox Linux 2[4]
Jan 2, 2012 BackBox Linux 2.01[5]
Apr 24, 2012 BackBox Linux 2.05
Oct 24, 2012 BackBox Linux 3.0[6]
Jan 23, 2013 BackBox Linux 3.01[7]
May 23, 2013 BackBox Linux 3.05[8]
Sep 20, 2013 BackBox Linux 3.09[9]
Jan 16, 2014 BackBox Linux 3.13[10]


BackBox Linux categories listed as follow:


More than 70 tools are included in BackBox:

See updated BackBox 3 packets list.


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