Installing BackTrack 5 R3 inside Vmware Workstation


In this tutorial i will show you how to install Backtrack 5 R3 in Vmware workstation 8, it is recently  released by offensive security team and it is used by penetration testers world wide. Installation is easy just follow given simple steps.

1 : Download backtrack ISO from here
2 :  Download VMware Workstation or  VMplayer
3 : Install any of above


1 : Create A new virtual machine under File and click Next, select typical(recommended).
2 : choose installer ISO ( choose backtrack 5 ISO ), here i am using Backtrack 5 r3 32 bit.
3 : choose Linux as your guest operating system type and Ubuntu as version
4 : Give it a name and location of your backtrack VM
5 : Specify virtual hard drive space ( 20 GB is good enough ) and store virtual disk as a single file
then click finish from ready to create vm window
hit enter to go boot screen then choose default boot text mode and hit enter
Installing backtrack 5 R3
Installing backtrack 5 R3
type startx to start GUI ( x server )
click on Install backtrack icon or open terminal type sh -c “ubiquity” 

Installing backtrack 5 R3

and continue like normal installation choose keyboard type and provide location info
if you are installing just backtrack then go normally and erase and use entire disk
or if you installing backtrack with other OS then specify partition accordingly ( in this tutorial m using virtual hard-drive )

Installing backtrack 5 R3

click on forward and click on install

Installing backtrack 5 R3

wait until it finish installing

it will take up-to 30 minutes depend on your system

Installing backtrack 5 R3

After rebooting in the command prompt type “startx” to start using the GUI of BackTrack.

Next step is to install VMware tools on Backtrack 5 R3. Click VM and then Install Vmware tools option and VMware tools will be installed in your BackTrack VM.

In Later post i will start with basic setup of Backtrack.




  1. very nice..but i am begginer.and so i am not able to install the vm tools.i am done with the rest.but i am stuck in installing vm tool.scan you help me sir..?

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