Good day

I am currently trying to setup my Kali Linux Raspberry Pi 3 to:

  1. Work through VNC Server on my laptop over an Ethernet cable.
  2. Start VNC server on the Raspberry Pi setup on boot.

Unfortunately I have run into multiple problems though and have tried every tutorial I can find. My problems are:

  1. When establishing a connection over VNC server, my laptop just shows a blank grey screen with no raspberry pi screen. What am I doing wrong?
  2. I've seen multiple tutorials where people change the raspberry pi config.txt so that it opens VNC server on boot. Whenever I run the command for the .config file, it can't find it. I should also probably mention that it never ran any configuration screen when I started it up initially.

I have spent so much time trying to figure this out and really don't know what to do anymore. I appreciate any help.

  • "I've seen multiple tutorials where people change the raspberry pi config.txt so that it opens VNC server on boot." -> This is not possible so you have badly misunderstood something. Please include a link to the one of the "multiple tutorials" you are referring to.
    – goldilocks
    Commented Jul 7, 2016 at 12:08
  • Here is a link: diyhacking.com/connect-raspberry-pi-to-laptop-display, instructables.com/id/…, learn.adafruit.com/…, please do advise me if I'm understanding something incorrectly, it may be!
    – user49113
    Commented Jul 7, 2016 at 13:47
  • Search that page for config.txt. It does not appear even once. It does refer to a /home/pi/.config file, but these are not the same.
    – goldilocks
    Commented Jul 7, 2016 at 15:02
  • Alright, I see my mistake. That was a mistake in my question though. Could you please show me where I find this file though? I managed to download raspi-config but when opening it, it says that it's meant for raspbian. So, what is the Kali equivalent? Thank you!
    – user49113
    Commented Jul 7, 2016 at 15:48
  • I've never used Kali. This does not make any of my previous comments any less true, however. As a suggestion, if you want to travel off the beaten path it may benefit you to work your legs in by walking the well paved road for a while first.
    – goldilocks
    Commented Jul 7, 2016 at 16:01

1 Answer 1


Somehow I doubt that the question demonstrates sufficient understanding of Linux to make use of Kali, but nonetheless the following shows how you can start vncserver on boot. Start VNC on Jessie at boot

I have not tested this on Kali, but it works on normal Raspbian Jessie.

  • Thank you Milliways, I appreciate it! I will try it, I am interested in learning about the tools that Kali has to offer - thus the interest in it.
    – user49113
    Commented Jul 7, 2016 at 13:50

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