Ethical Hacking using Android Devices

4 min readJan 2, 2021


My previous article A Guide to Setting up a Development Environment on Android Devices talked about setting up a development environment on Android devices. In this article let’s continue the fun by setting up an ethical hacking environment on Android devices.


For the walk-through I am going to use ssh to login to my Android phone. If you have not read the previous article, refer to the link below.

Kali Linux

Kali Linux is a Debian-derived Linux distribution designed for digital forensics and penetration testing. There are several ways of getting it installed on Android to leverage the hacking tools in Termux.


From Termux terminal, let’s use Tool-X to install Kali Linux tools.

I log in to my Android phone using SSH. The user name and IP address are specific to my setup.

# ssh -p 8022 u0_a196@

From the Termux shell, follow these instructions to install Tool-X

# apt-update
# apt-install git
# git clone
# cd Tool-X
# chmod +x install
# ./install
Tool-X Installation Screen

Once Tool-X is installed, to start it just enter Tool-X

# Tool-X
Tool-X Menu

And now you can install all the tools for ethical hacking.

Tool-X Hacking Tools


AnLinux provides various Linux distros including Kali Linux. I am going to use it to install Kali Linux with XFCE4 desktop environment.


Software engineer, Data Science and ML practitioner.