Pretend to be Using Windows with Kali Linux Undercover Mode

The latest Kali Linux release 2019.4 has introduced the undercover mode. Find out what is this undercover mode and how to use it.

What is undercover mode in Kali Linux?

Kali Linux 2019.4 release has introduced an interesting new feature called ‘undercover mode’. It’s basically a script that changes the appearance of your Kali Linux and makes it look like Windows 10. At first glimpse, it would look like as if you are running Windows operating system.

Kali Linux Undercover Mode
Kali Linux looks like Windows 10 in undercover mode

As you can see, unless someone is looking closely, it’s not easy to figure out that it is not a Windows computer.

The undercover mode could be helpful in a few situations. For example, if you are using your laptop in a public place and don’t want to ‘alarm’ the person sitting beside you with the Kali Dragon, the undercover mode help you blend in.

This could also be used to lure some dumb tech support scamster who offers to help repair the PC and installs malware instead.

Now that you know what undercover mode is, let’s see how to use it.

Keep in mind

The undercover mode is a customization on Xfce desktop and hence it is only available if you are using Xfce desktop environment.

If you are using GNOME or some desktop environment other than Xfce, it won’t work.

How to use undercover mode in Kali Linux

The undercover mode is essentially a script. You can run it either by searching it in the menu or run the following command in the terminal:


The script will give your desktop a Windows 10 appearance. You may close the terminal after running this command.

Get out of undercover mode

To get out of the undercover mode and switch back to your normal Kali Linux layout, run the kali-undercover command in the terminal again.

You can also run it again from the menu. Running it again switches the layout back to normal.

You can see that running undercover mode in Kali Linux is fairly simple. If you are not using Kali Linux and still want Windows layout in GNOME desktop, you can use the GNOME Layout Manager and change the theme to make it look like Windows.

While this is fun, what practical uses do you see for the Kali undercover mode? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section.

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Abhishek Prakash

Abhishek Prakash

Created It's FOSS 11 years ago to share my Linux adventures. Have a Master's degree in Engineering and years of IT industry experience. Huge fan of Agatha Christie detective mysteries 🕵️‍♂️

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