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DistroWatch.com: Parrot Security OS

Parrot Security OS

Last Update: 2017-09-14 02:41 UTC


Parrot Security OS is a Debian-based, security-oriented distribution featuring a collection of utilities designed for penetration testing, computer forensics, reverse engineering, hacking, privacy, anonymity and cryptography. The product, developed by Frozenbox, comes with MATE as the default desktop environment.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 33 (308), 6 months: 32 (310), 3 months: 35 (276), 4 weeks: 44 (255), 1 week: 49 (211)

Average visitor rating: 9.33/10 from 24 review(s).


Parrot Summary
Distribution Parrot Security OS
Home Page http://www.parrotsec.org/
Mailing Lists http://lists.parrotsec.org/listinfo
User Forums FrozenBox.org
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation https://docs.parrotsec.org/
Screenshots DistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts
Download Mirrors https://www.parrotsec.org/download.fx
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2017-09-13: Distribution Release: Parrot Security OS 3.8
 • 2017-07-11: Distribution Release: Parrot Security OS 3.7
 • 2017-05-19: Distribution Release: Parrot Security OS 3.6
 • 2017-03-08: Distribution Release: Parrot Security OS 3.5
 • 2016-12-25: Distribution Release: Parrot Security OS 3.3
 • 2016-10-16: Distribution Release: Parrot Security OS 3.2
 • 2016-07-31: Distribution Release: Parrot Security OS 3.1
 • 2016-06-19: Distribution Release: Parrot Security OS 3.0
 • More Parrot releases...

  Headlines:
 •2017-06-13 Parrot Security considering Devuan as new base
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Feature 3.8 3.7 3.0.1 2.2.1
Release Date 2017-09-12 2017-07-11 2016-06-18 2016-05-16
End Of Life        
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 1539-3654 1491-3749    
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO
Installation        
Default Desktop MATE MATE MATE MATE
Package Management DEB DEB DEB DEB
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed
Office Suite GOffice GOffice GOffice, LibreOffice GOffice
Processor Architecture i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64
Init Software systemd systemd SysV SysV
Journaled File Systems ext3, ext4 ext3, ext4 ext3, ext4 ext3, ext4
Multilingual en en en en
Asian Language Support        
Full Package List 3.8 3.7 3.0.1 2.2.1
Package 3.8 3.7 3.0.1 2.2.1
abiword (3.0.2) 3.0.2 3.0.2 3.0.1 3.0.0
alsa-lib (1.1.4.1) 1.1.3 1.1.3 1.1.1 1.0.28
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- --
bash (4.4.12) 4.4 4.4 4.3 4.3
bind (9.11.2) -- -- -- --
chromium (61.0.3163.100) -- -- -- --
cups (2.2.5) 2.2.4 2.2.3 2.1.3 1.7.5
dhcp (4.3.6) 4.3.5 4.3.5 4.3.4 4.3.1
e2fsprogs (1.43.7) 1.43.6 1.43.4 1.43.1 1.42.12
firefox (56.0.1) 55.0.2 54.0 45.2.0 38.6.1
freetype (2.8.1) 2.8 2.8 2.6.3 2.5.2
gcc (7.2.0) 7.1.0 6.3.0 5.3.1 4.9.2
gimp (2.8.22) -- -- 2.8.16 --
glibc (2.26) 2.24 2.24 2.22 2.19
gnome-shell (3.26.1) -- -- -- --
gnucash (2.6.18-1) -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.35) 1.12.32 1.12.32 1.12.29 1.12.18
grub (2.02) -- -- -- 2.02beta2
gtk+ (3.22.24) 3.22.19 3.22.16 3.20.6 3.14.5
httpd (2.4.28) 2.4.27 2.4.25 2.4.20 2.4.10
inkscape (0.92.2) -- -- -- --
k3b (17.08.2) -- -- -- --
kmod (24) 24 24 22 18
libgnome (2.32.1) 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1
libreoffice (5.4.2) 5.4.0 5.2.7 5.1.4rc1 --
linux (4.13.7) 4.12.6 4.11.6 4.5.3 4.3.3
Package 3.8 3.7 3.0.1 2.2.1
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- -- -- --
mariadb (10.2.9) 10.1.26 10.1.22 -- --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) 1.18.0 1.16.2 1.14.1 1.8.1
mesa (17.2.2) 13.0.6 13.0.6 11.2.2 10.3.2
mysql (5.7.20) -- -- 5.6.30 --
nautilus (3.26.0) -- -- 3.20.1 --
NVIDIA (384.90) -- -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- --
openjdk (8u144) 8u144 8u131 8u91 7u95
openssh (7.6p1) 7.5p1 7.5p1 7.2p2 6.7p1
openssl (1.1.0f) 1.1.0f 1.0.2l 1.0.2h 1.0.1k
perl (5.26.1) 5.26.0 5.24.1 5.22.2 5.20.2
php (7.1.10) 7.0.22 7.0.20 5.6.22 5.6.14
plasma-desktop (5.11.0) -- -- -- --
postfix (3.2.3) -- -- 3.1.0 --
postgresql (10.0) 9.6.5 9.6.3 9.5.3 9.4.6
Python (3.6.3) 2.7.13 2.7.13 2.7.11 2.7.9
qt (5.9.2) 5.9.1 5.7.1 5.5.1 4.8.6
samba (4.7.0) 4.6.7 4.6.5 4.4.3 4.1.17
systemd (235) 234 233 230 215
thunderbird (52.4.0) -- -- 45.1.0 --
vim (8.0) 8.0 8.0 7.4 7.4
vlc (2.2.6) 2.2.6 2.2.6 2.2.4 2.2.0rc2
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- -- --
xorg-server (1.19.5) 1.19.3 1.19.3 1.18.3 1.17.2

Reader Ratings
Reader supplied reviews for Parrot Security OS

Average rating
9.3
from 24 review(s)



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Version: 3.8
Rating: 8
Date: 2017-09-15
Votes: 0


Tested 3.8 - Installed the home edition as I do not require the tools for pentesting, works nicely and IMO i3wm looks the prettiest on Parrotsec.


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Version: 3.7
Rating: 1
Date: 2017-08-27
Votes: 0


Looks neat but to my dismay it crashed during install and resulted in having to format and reinstall. May try again after digging out an old laptop.


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Version: 3.7
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-07-22
Votes: 2


Very happy with Parrot on Raspberry Pis and Mac and Windows VMs. So many tools and Libreoffice out of the box and best background pics around. The roll-over descriptions in the menus are very helpful for learning. This is an educational distro I would recommend to anyone interested in starting with Linux and pen-testing. Log on and upgrading bug lately but otherwise awesome.


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