I installed Kali 2.0 and when I try to install anything (ex :software-center) I have this problem:

apt-get install software-center Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done Package software-center is not available, but is referred to by another package. This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or is only available from another source

E: Package 'software-center' has no installation candidate

this is the first action I did when I installed ..

By the way I filled the /etc/apt/source.list by what I find in Kali page then I used

apt-get update


apt-get upgrade


apt-get dist-upgrade

the source.list has :

#Regular repositories deb http://http.kali.org/kali sana main non-free contrib deb http://security.kali.org/kali-security sana/updates main
contrib non-free
# Source repositories deb-src http.kali. org/kali sana main non-free contrib deb-src security.kali. org/kali-security
sana/updates main contrib non-free

(I deleted "http" word here cause I haven't the right to post more than two links yet)

there where nothing to upgrade or to update (because I downloaded Kali yesterday from official website?)

Any help please?

  • What does source.list look like? What other packages have you tried to install? Were the update and upgrade successful? Commented Jun 25, 2016 at 14:42
  • I edited the post and the update and the upgrade where both successful
    – Salsabil
    Commented Jun 25, 2016 at 14:59

2 Answers 2


kali-rolling is the current active repository since the release of Kali 2016.1. The following entries should be in sources.list:

deb http://http.kali.org/kali kali-rolling main contrib non-free
# For source package access, uncomment the following line
# deb-src http://http.kali.org/kali kali-rolling main contrib non-free

I found the solution:

Firstly, I ran:

echo -e "deb http://http.kali.org/kali sana main non-free contrib\ndeb http://security.kali.org/kali-security/ sana/updates main contrib non-free" > /etc/apt/sources.list

and then

apt-get update 
apt-get update --fix-missing

it is right here : Problem installing tor on Kali Linux

Thank you !


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