Parrot is a GNU/Linux distribution based on Debian and focused on Penetration Testing, Digital Forensics, Programming and Privacy protection. It includes a full portable laboratory for security and digital forensics experts, but it also includes all you need to develop your own software or protect your privacy while surfing the net.

Project Goals

  • Security – A complete arsenal of security tools right in your pocket.
  • Privacy – A secure and sandboxed system ready to surf and communicate secretly.
  • Development -A full development stack with the best editors, languages and tecnologies out of the box.


  • Secure – Always updated, frequently released and fully sandboxed! Everything is under your complete control.
  • Free (as in freedom) – Feel free to get the system, share with anyone, read the source code and change it as you want! this system is made to respect your freedom, and it ever will be.
  • Lightweight – We care about resources consumption, and the system has proven to be extremely lightweight and run surprisingly fast even on very old hardware or with very limited resources.
Features Full Lite IoT
Architecture x86 32bit & 64bit x86 32bit & 64bit ARMv7 & ARMv8 64bit
Linux Version 4.13 4.13 (depends on board)
Debian Version Debian 10 Buster Debian 10 Buster Debian 10 Buster
Release Model Rolling Release Rolling Release Rolling Release
Default Desktop Environment MATE 1.18 MATE 1.18 MATE 1.18 or headless
Sandbox  ✓  ✓  ✓
Office Suite LibreOffice 5.4 – Abiword/Gnumeric LibreOffice 5.4 – Abiword/Gnumeric Abiword/Gnumeric
Web Suite Firefox 56 – Epiphany Firefox 56 – Epiphany Epiphany (may include firefox)
Adblockers and web protection Ublock Origin + NoScript Ublock Origin + NoScript Ublock Origin + NoScript
AnonSurf + TOR Browser  ✓  ✓  ✗
Cryptographic tools  ✓  ✓  ✓
Security & Pentest Tools  ✓  (essential pack)
Reverse Engineering Tools  ✓  ✗
Digital Forensics Tools  ✓ ✗(cloning tools included)  ✗(cloning tools included)
Development Tools  (full environment)  ✓  ✓
Bitcoin Wallet (electrum)  ✓  ✓  ✓
Wine support  ✓  ✗  ✗
UEFI Support  ✓  ✓  ✗




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