Install & Update Nmap in Kali Linux Rolling, Sana & earlier versions

This tutorial will show you how to update nmap in kali linux 2.0. Nmap 7.0 was released earlier this month. Refer to here to view What’s New in Nmap 7.

Kali Rolling comes with nmap v7 by default. Still you can use the steps below to update nmap or any other tools and while editing sources.list

To update to we first need to ensure that all repositories are in place.

You can verify this by the following command

Command: cat /etc/apt/sources.list/

Official list of repos for Kali Rolling

deb kali-rolling main contrib non-free
#Source Repo
deb-src kali-rolling main contrib non-free

Official repositories for Kali 2.0 (SANA) :

deb sana main non-free contrib
deb-src sana main non-free contrib

Older versions(Kali 1.0 MOTO)

deb moto main non-free contrib
deb-src moto main non-free contrib


In case you don’t have all the above, you can copy from the list and paste it to the “sources.list” file located in “ /etc/apt/ ”

Next, update the existing package database in the OS.

command: apt-get update
update nmap
Updating the database

This should take a couple of minutes. The time depends on your internet connection & no of updates.

After this is finished, we are ready to install the newer version.

For this simply install nmap once agian. Apt will intelligently update the existing version to the latest version.

command: apt-get install nmap
update nmap
Install Nmap

After this is complete, we can verify the version by executing the following:

command: nmap –V
update nmap
Checking Version

Remember that at the time of your install, there may be a newer version available. These steps works for all those updates until the base version of Kali is the same. Once Kali Sana is upgraded, you may need to change the repositories. Also remember to use the second list of repos if you are using Kali Linux 1.X.

Optionally there are some minor updates in the GUI package, the Zenmap. After updating nmap, you can update the zenmap package also. This is also simple. Just open a terminal and execute the following:

Command: apt-get install zenmap

Hope this helps & Be on the lookout for the complete tutorial series on Nmap.