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BackBox Linux
BackBox 4.4 Screenshot.png
Developer Raffaele Forte and others[1]
OS family Unix-like
Working state Active
Source model Open source
Latest release 4.7 / December 8, 2016 (2016-12-08)[2]
Platforms i386(x86), amd64(x86-64)
Kernel type Linux
Default user interface XFCE
License Free software licenses
(mainly GPL)
Official website

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


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

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

Part of the power of this distribution comes from its Launchpad repository core, constantly updated to the latest stable version of the most known and used ethical hacking tools. The integration and development of new tools in the distribution follows the open source community, particularly the Debian Free Software Guidelines criteria.


The BackBox Linux project was born in south Italy in 2010. The project was begun on the initiative of a single individual. Within a few months, it accrued a well populated community which continues to expand.


Date Release
Sep 9, 2010 BackBox Linux RC
Jan 3, 2011 BackBox Linux 1[3]
May 5, 2011 BackBox Linux 1.05[4]
Sep 3, 2011 BackBox Linux 2[5]
Jan 2, 2012 BackBox Linux 2.01[6]
Apr 24, 2012 BackBox Linux 2.05
Oct 24, 2012 BackBox Linux 3.0[7]
Jan 23, 2013 BackBox Linux 3.01[8]
May 23, 2013 BackBox Linux 3.05[9]
Sep 20, 2013 BackBox Linux 3.09[10]
Jan 16, 2014 BackBox Linux 3.13[11]
Oct 11, 2014 BackBox Linux 4.0[12]
Jan 29, 2015 BackBox Linux 4.1[13]
Apr 27, 2015 BackBox Linux 4.2[14]
Jul 20, 2015 BackBox Linux 4.3[15]
Oct 12, 2015 BackBox Linux 4.4[16]
Jan 27, 2016 BackBox Linux 4.5[17]
Mar 08, 2016 BackBox Linux 4.5.1
May 26, 2016 Backbox Linux 4.6
December 8, 2016 Backbox Linux 4.7
July 21, 2017 BackBox Linux 5


BackBox Linux categories listed as follow:


More than 70 tools are included in BackBox:

See updated BackBox 3 packets list.


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