The system is certified to run on devices which have a minimum of 256MB of RAM, and it is suitable for both 32-bit (i386) and 64-bit (amd64) processor architectures. Moreover, the project is available for ARMv7 (armhf) architectures. In June 2017, the Parrot Team announced they were considering to change from Debian to Devuan, mainly because of problems with systemd. As of January 21st, 2019, the Parrot team has begun to phase out the development of their 32-bit (i386) ISO.
Parrot is intended to provide a suite of penetration testing tools to be used for attack mitigation, security research, forensics, and vulnerability assessment. It is designed for penetration testing, vulnerability assessment and mitigation, computer forensics and anonymous web browsing.
Parrot Home is the base edition of Parrot designed for daily use, and it targets regular users who need a "lightweight" system on their laptops or workstations. Allegedly, the distribution is useful for daily work. Parrot Home also includes programs to chat privately with people, encrypt documents, or browse the internet anonymously. The system can also be used as a starting point to build a customized pentesting platform. Parrot Home uses Debian technology.
Parrot ARM is a lightweight Parrot release for embedded systems. It is currently available for Raspberry Pi devices.
Parrot OS Tools
There are multiple Tools in Parrot OS which are specially designed for Security Researchers and are related to penetration testing. A few of them are listed below, more can be found on the official website.
ParrotOS Security Edition 5 is available only on USB
Parrot OS 4 & 5 (64Bit)
- Brand: Linux DVD Center
- Product Code: B08M3SR4JM
- Availability: In Stock
- 3 or more €5.20
- 5 or more €4.20
- 10 or more €3.20
License: GNU/GPL (Free to use or Redistribute)
Please Note: This software is free to download from the developers website. You are paying for the label design, disk manufacturing, printing and postage. It is ideal for those who do not have broadband and do not want to use data or for those who do not feel confident burning an ISO file to DVD. These programs are licensed under the terms of the GNU License, the GNU lesser Public License or the Mozilla Public License or are in the Public Domain.