Using kali linux 2016.01

pip install whois
Requirement already satisfied

apt-get update
apt-get install whois
Package 'whois' has no installation candidate

typing whois google.com on terminal says command not found. Any solution?

  • "apt-cache search whois" doesn't return anything?
    – DarkVex
    Commented Jul 31, 2016 at 21:08
  • 2
    Don't shout at us! (Writing in all caps ~ shouting) Commented Jul 31, 2016 at 21:12
  • 'apt-cache search whois' gives some info about other packages. is the command whois removed in kali linux 2016.01? Commented Jul 31, 2016 at 21:24

1 Answer 1


I recently installed Kali Linux 2016.1 and did an update. The whois command works fine.

root@Kali:~# cat /etc/issue
Kali GNU/Linux Rolling \n \l

root@Kali:~# dpkg -l whois

 ||/ Name                  Version         Architecture    Description
 ii  whois                 5.2.12          amd64           intelligent WHOIS client

 root@Kali:~# whois www.google.com

Whois Server Version 2.0

Domain names in the .com and .net domains can now be registered
with many different competing registrars. Go to http://www.internic.net
for detailed information.

Registrar: ENOM, INC.
Whois Server: whois.enom.com
Referral URL: http://www.enom.com

You can try to install manually:

root@Kali:~# apt  install  whois
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
whois is already the newest version (5.2.12).

root@Kali:~# apt-cache policy whois
  Installed: 5.2.12
  Candidate: 5.2.12
  Version table:
 *** 5.2.12 500
    500 http://http.kali.org/kali kali-rolling/main amd64 Packages
    100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
  • What does apt-cache policy whois show?
    – Mikel
    Commented Jul 31, 2016 at 21:26
  • added that command to my answer above
    – Ricardo
    Commented Jul 31, 2016 at 21:31

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