Do Ubuntu Linux apps work on Kali Linux?

I want to know if apps that can be installed on Ubuntu can also be installed on Kali.

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Since you are new to GNUL/Linux, I would suggest that you use another distribution than Kali Linux until you are, "not new":

Kali is a Linux distribution specifically geared towards professional penetration testers and security specialists, and given its unique nature, it is NOT a recommended distribution if you’re unfamiliar with Linux

As for running Ubuntu apps in Kali, this is also documented here in the Kali Linux documentation:

While Kali Linux is architected to be highly customizable, don’t expect to be able to add random unrelated packages and repositories that are “out of band” of the regular Kali software sources and have it Just Work. In particular, there is absolutely no support whatsoever for the apt-add-repository command, LaunchPad, or PPAs.

The answer to your question then is,
- No, not without tinkering.
Which leads back to point one. Kali Linux is a bad choice if you are new to Linux.

  • @Kay You are most welcome. Nov 27, 2016 at 16:38

The kali linux distribution is based on debian testing , some of its packages are imported from debian unstable and experimental (Latest versions) , by installing some packages from Ubuntu 14.04 repository you will get a dependencies problem's and you can break your system.

You can install some kali linux tools on Ubuntu without problem. I suggest to use Ubuntu , it is the best linux distro for beginners.

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