Installing Steghide on Kali Linux

Installing custom software tools on Kali Linux
Installing custom software tools on Kali Linux

This article provided a step-by-step explanation on how to install steghide stenography tool on Kali Linux distributed by

What is Kali Linux ?

Kali Linux is a Debian-based Linux distribution aimed at advanced Penetration Testing and Security Auditing. []

What is Debin ?

Debian AKA: Debian GNU/Linux, is a Linux distribution composed of free and open-source software, developed by the community-supported Debian Project.[]

What is apt-get ?

On Dabian based Linux operating systems, APT is used as a package management tool. The apt-get command can be used to install, remove and upgrade software packages from various distributors. []

What is Steghide ?

Steghide is a stenography program can be used to hide data in various image and audio files. []

Problem :

Anna is trying to install steghide to her Kali Linux OS to be used for a steganalysis project. When trying to install, she go the below empty response from the Kali OS Terminal when trying to run the apt-get update command.


Anna needs to update the apt-get source list so Kali Linux OS can connect to public repositories and download the steghide.

APT package manager will download packages from one or more software repositories (sources) and installs them onto your computer.

1. Update the /etc/apt/sources.list to add

Open the file : sources.list using nano text editor.

sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list 

Remove everything on the file (CTL+K) and add the below line. (Use CTL+SHIFT+V to paste)

deb kali-rolling main non-free contrib

2. Add key server as a trusted source to the apt-key

Use the same Terminal Window to run the below command.

apt-key adv --keyserver hkp:// --recv-keys 7D8D0BF6

3. Update the apt repository list.

apt-get update

4. Install the steghide using apt-get.

apt-get install steghide
During the installation you may have to type q or press Enter key few times since the installation will ask your confirmation when installing 3rd party libs.

5. Verify the installation.

steghide --version

Above steps should help you to get going with the apt-get package configuration on Kali Linux OS.

Happy ethical hacking! Enjoy your Kali Linux experience!

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Cite this article as: Guest Contributor, "Installing Steghide on Kali Linux," in Cyber Memos, April 11, 2020,

2 Replies to “Installing Steghide on Kali Linux”

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