Kali Linux Metapackages
Metapackages give you the flexibility to install specific subsets of tools based on your particular needs. For instance, if you are going to conduct a wireless security assessment, you can quickly create a custom Kali ISO and include the kali-linux-wireless metapackage to only install the tools you need.

These metapackages allow for easy installation of certain tools in a specific field, or alternatively, for the installation of a full Kali suite. All of the Kali metapackages follow a particular naming convention, starting with kali-linux so if you want to see which metapackages are available, you can search for them as follows:
   Example: apt-get update && apt-cache search kali-linux

Until recently, Kali Linux had a handful of these meta packages but Kali Linux have since expanded the metapackage list to include far more options:

kali-linux: The Base Kali Linux System
 * The kali-linux metapackage is a completely bare-bones installation of Kali Linux and includes various network services such as Apache and SSH, the Kali kernel, and a number of version control applications like git, svn, etc. All of the other metapackages listed below also contain kali-linux.
 * Installation Size: 1.5 GB
 * How to install: sudo apt update && sudo apt install kali-linux

kali-linux-full: The Default Kali Linux Install
 * When you download a Kali Linux ISO, you are essentially downloading an installation that has the kali-linux-full metapackage installed. This package includes all of the tools you are familiar with in Kali.
 * Installation Size: 9.0 GB
 * How to install: sudo apt update && sudo apt install kali-linux-full

kali-linux-all: All Available Packages in Kali Linux
 * In order to keep our ISO sizes reasonable, we are unable to include every single tool that we package for Kali and there are a number of tools that are not able to be used depending on hardware, such as various GPU tools. If you want to install every available Kali Linux package, you can install the kali-linux-all metapackage.
 * Installation Size: 15 GB
 * How to install: sudo apt update && sudo apt install kali-linux-all

kali-linux-top10: Top 10 Kali Linux Tools
 * In Kali Linux, we have a sub-menu called “Top 10 Security Tools”. The kali-linux-top10 metapackage will install all of these tools for you in one fell swoop.
Top 10 Kali Security Tools
 * Installation Size: 3.5 GB
 * How to install: sudo apt update && sudo apt install kali-linux-top10

kali-linux-forensic: Kali Linux Forensic Tools
 * If you are doing forensics work, you don’t want your analysis system to contain a bunch of unnecessary tools. To the rescue comes the kali-linux-forensic metapackage, which only contains the forensics tools in Kali.
 * Installation Size: 3.1 GB
 * How to install: sudo apt update && sudo apt install kali-linux-foresic

kali-linux-gpu: Kali Linux GPU-Powered Tools
 * GPU utilities are very powerful but need special hardware in order to function correctly. For this reason, they are not included in the default Kali Linux installation but you can install them all at once with kali-linux-gpu and get cracking.
 * Installation Size: 4.8 GB
 * How to install: sudo apt update && sudo apt install kali-linux-gpu

kali-linux-pwtools: Kali Linux Password Cracking Tools
 * The kali-linux-pwtools metapackage contains over 40 different password cracking utilities as well as the GPU tools contained in kali-linux-gpu.
 * Installation Size: 6.0 GB
 * How to install: sudo apt update && sudo apt install kali-linux-pwtools

kali-linux-rfid: Kali Linux RFID Tools
 * For our users who are doing RFID research and exploitation, we have the kali-linux-rfid metapackage containing all of the RFID tools available in Kali Linux.
 * Installation Size: 1.5 GB
 * How to install: sudo apt update && sudo apt install kali-linux-rfid

kali-linux-sdr: Software Defined Radio (SDR) Tools in Kali Linux
 * The kali-linux-sdr metapackage contains a large selection of tools for your Software Defined Radio hacking needs.
 * Installation Size: 2.4 GB
 * How to install: sudo apt update && sudo apt install kali-linux-sdr

kali-linux-voip: Kali Linux VoIP Tools
 * Many people have told us they use Kali Linux to conduct VoIP testing and research so they will be happy to know we now have a dedicated kali-linux-voip metapackage with 20+ tools.
 * Installation Size: 1.8 GB
 * How to install: sudo apt update && sudo apt install kali-linux-voip

kali-linux-web: Kali Linux WebApp Assessment Tools
 * Web application assessments are very common in the field of penetration testing and for this reason, Kali includes the kali-linux-web metapackage containing dozens of tools related to web application hacking.
 * Installation Size: 4.9 GB
 * How to install: sudo apt update && sudo apt install kali-linux-voip

kali-linux-wireless: Wireless Tools in Kali Linux
 * Like web applications, many penetration testing assessments are targeted towards wireless networks. The kali-linux-wireless metapackage contains all the tools you’ll need in one easy to install package.
 * Installation Size: 6.6 GB
 * How to install: sudo apt update && sudo apt install kali-linux-wireless

To see the list of tools included in a metapackage, you can use simple apt commands. For example, to list all the tools included in the kali-linux metapackage, enter this command: sudo apt-cache show kali-linux

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