How to Update Burp Suite in Kali Linux

June 30, 2015 | Views: 60079

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This information might already be in the forums or quickly retrieved via searching online. Yet, after a few minutes of not finding a link, a how-to, etc online, I decided to attempt to update Burp Suite in Kali on my own.

When I opened the application today, it prompted to download a new version. I ran software updates and apt-get update on Kali, but I had to manually update Burp Suite.

You can quickly launch Burp Suite via Applications > Web Applications under numerous sub-menus. It can also be launched from Top 10 Security Tools. FYI, Burp Suite resides in /usr/bin.


The Steps to Update Burp Suite:

In order to update Burp Suite, I had to go to the developer’s website:

  1. Download the latest jar file into your Downloads folder
  2. Navigate to /usr/bin and select burpsuite
  3. Rename burpsuite to burpsuite(old)
  4. Copy the jar that was just downloaded into /usr/bin
  5. Right-click and rename the jar to burpsuite
  6. In the Permissions tab, select Allow executing file as program
  7. Hit close

Launch Burp Suite again and you’ll see that you won’t be alerted that there is a new update available. You’ll indeed be running the latest version. Upon successful launch, you can delete burpsuite(old) from /usr/bin.

Note: You can probably run a small script to automate this process for future updates.


Thanks and I hope this is helpful!

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  1. Hey, thanks for the post… I think your post is for the free version, since in the pro version, the download happens from within the tool itself (native or jar can be selected)… It’s definitely worth paying the USD 350 so why not consider buying it… Until you use the pro version you wont know what you’re actually missing!

  2. You’re The best bro But how can we change the permissions in the tab permissions and where is the tab pemissions ?? 🙂 ^^ finally sorry for my noob questions

    • file permissions are listed in the file properties window in linux, alternatively you can change permissions of a file via the command line. To do this, we use chmod in this way: chmod +x [pathToFile]

  3. Thanks. I just got the message and I just downloaded the JAR. Perfect timing.

  4. Excellent indeed!

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