Install Cobalt Strike

Cobalt Strike depends on Oracle Java 1.8, Oracle Java 11, or OpenJDK 11.

Linux

  1. Setup a recommended Java environment for Linux
  2. Extract cobaltstrike-dist.tgz
    tar zxvf cobaltstrike-dist.tgz
  3. Run the update program to finish setup.

MacOS X

  1. Setup a recommended Java environment for MacOS X
  2. Double-click the cobaltstrike-dist.dmg file to mount it.
  3. Drag the Cobalt Strike folder to your Applications folder.
  4. Run the update program to finish setup.

Windows

  1. Setup a recommended Java environment for Windows
  2. Disable anti-virus before you download and install Cobalt Strike.
  3. Use your favorite zip tool to extract cobaltstrike-dist.zip to your preferred install location.
  4. Run the update program to finish setup.

What's next?

Read Starting Cobalt Strike to learn how to start a Cobalt Strike team server and connect a client to it.