Parrot Project

Parrot Security

Security GNU/Linux distribution designed with cloud pentesting and IoT security in mind.

It includes a full portable laboratory for security and digital forensics experts, but it also includes all you need to develop your own softwares or protect your privacy with anonymity and crypto tools.



Parrot Security includes a full arsenal of security oriented tools to perform penetration tests, security audits and more. With a Parrot usb drive in your pocket you will always be sure to have all you need with you.


Parrot includes by default TOR, I2P, anonsurf, gpg, tccf, zulucrypt, veracrypt, truecrypt, luks and many other technologies designed to defend your privacy and your identity.



If you need a comfortable environment with updated frameworks and useful libraries already installed, Parrot will amaze you as it includes a full development-oriented environment with some powerful editors and IDEs pre-installed and many other tools installable from our repository.


We exist because of our awesome community
Feel free to join us, and actively follow our development, know awesome people all around the world and get help directly from the developers.

System Specs

  • Debian GNU/Linux 10 (buster)
  • Custom Linux 4.12 kernel
  • Rolling release updates
  • Hardened and isolated build environment
  • Powerful worldwide mirror servers
  • High hardware compatibility
  • Community-driven development
  • free(libre) and open source project

System Requirements

  • CPU: at least 1Ghz dual core cpu
  • ARCH: 32bit, 64bit and ARMhf
  • RAM: minimum 384Mb - 2048Mb suggested
  • GPU: No graphic acceleration required
  • STORAGE lite: 8GB
  • STORAGE Full: 16GB
  • BOOT: Legacy bios or UEFI


Cloud Pentesting
Parrot Cloud is a special edition of our OS specifically designed for servers, it consists on a lightweight parrot system without graphic interfaces, wireless and forensic tools and any other tools that can be considered useless in a remote-controlled virtual environment.
The idea of Parrot Cloud is to have a VPS or a dedicated server with a special operating system full of useful security tools, neither relying all the dirty work to your local machine nor relying the security of your confidential data to a 3rd party provider. It can also be used to store private files (preferably encrypted), scan targets in the background and other stuff that you don't need to do with your own machines, allowing you to go everywhere you want with just a Parrot live USB and to do great penetration tests without having confidential data physically with you.
How to get it
Download the Cloud ISO image from our download page and install it on your server. Or buy a VPS with Parrot Cloud pre-installed,
we offer several plans to suit your needs.
Buy a VPS on our datacenters
Parrot Cloud Script
VPS providers usually do not allow the installation of custom uploaded operating systems on their machines so we made a custom script that converts a VPS with a minimal Debian installation into a full Parrot Cloud environment.
You can do this by downloading and launching (as root) the following script

Digital Forensics

Parrot Security is developed in collaboration with Caine, one of the most important GNU/Linux distributions in the Digital Forensics world.

One of our purposes is to provide the best forensics enviromnent ever seen in a security distro, in fact the entire system is hardened to not perform device automounts and to provide all the tools needed to do forensic acquisitions and evidence identifications in a safe comprehensive and portable virtual lab.

Parrot includes the most famous frameworks,
it has many reliable acquisition and imaging tools
and the top class analysis, evidence management and reporting softwares,
all of them on top of a reliable OS designed to not alter the proof.


Parrot includes many cryptographic softwares
which are extremely useful when it comes to
protect your confidential data and defend your privacy.

Parrot includes several cryptographic front-ends to work both with symmetric and asymmetric encryption, in fact it natively supports volumes encryption with LUKS, TrueCrypt, VeraCrypt and the hidden TrueCrypt/VeraCrypt volumes with nested algorythms support.

The whole system can be installed inside an encrypted partition to protect your computer in case of theft.

Another swiss army knife of your privacy is GPG, the GNU Privacy Guard, an extremely powerful PGP software that lets you create a private/public pair of keys to apply digital signatures to your messages and to allow other people to send you encrypted messages that only your private key can decrypt, in can also handle multiple identities and subkeys, and its power resides in its ring of trust as PGP users can sign each other's keys to make other people know if a digital identity is valid or not.

Even our software repository is digitally signed by GPG, and the system automatically verifies if an update was altered or compromised and it refuses to upgrade or to install new software if our digital signature is not found or not valid.


Your privacy is the most valuable thing you have in your digital life and the whole Parrot Team is exaggeratedly paranoid when it comes to users privacy, in fact our system doesn't contain tracking systems, and it is hardened in deep to protect users from prying eyes.

Parrot has developed and implemented several tricks and softwares to achieve this goal, and AnonSurf is one of the most important examples, it is a software designed to start TOR and hijack all the internet traffic made by the system through the TOR network, we have also modified the system to make it use DNS servers different from those offered by your internet provider.

Parrot also includes torbrowser, torchat and other anonymous services, like I2P, a powerful alternative to TOR.


The main goal of an environment designed by hackers for hackers is the possibility to change it, adapt it, transform it and use it as a development platform to create new things, this is why Parrot comes out of the box with several tools for developers such as compilers, disassemblers, IDEs, comfortable editors and powerful frameworks.

Parrot includes QTCreator as its main C, C++ and Qt framework. Another very useful tool is Geany, a lightweight and simple IDE which supports a huge amount of programming languages, while we also include Atom, the opensource editor of the future developed by GitHub, and many compilers and interpreters with their most important libraries are pre-installed and ready to use.

And of course many other editors, development softwares and libraries are available through our software repository where we keep all the development tools always updated to their most cutting edge but reliable version.