Pwn Pad 2014 Community Edition Now Available

Pwn Pad 2014 Community EditionYes, it’s true! You’ve all (mostly) been waiting patiently and now the Pwn Pad 2014 community edition is available for download. You can find it here on our Downloads page.

Installation Instructions

You can download the installation instructions in PDF form or follow them here:

What you’ll need:

  • A computer running a Linux­based operating system (Ubuntu 12.04 recommended)
    NOTE: Using a virtual machine is not recommended due to Nexus 7 USB host mode compatibility limitations.
  • The following Nexus 7 tablet model:
    2013 edition Nexus 7 tablet (32GB, Wi­Fi + LTE Mobile data, Model K009)
    This can be purchased directly from Google Play:
  • A micro­USB OTG to USB 2.0 adapter
    (We recommend:
  • A TP­Link TL­WN722N USB adapter (for 802.11 wireless pentesting)
  • (Optional) A SENA UD100 industrial Bluetooth USB adapter (for Bluetooth pentesting)
  • (Optional) A USB­to­Ethernet adapter (for pentesting wired networks)
  • (Optional) Velcro for attaching accessories to the back of the Nexus 7

Download the Installation Package

If you haven’t done so already, the Pwn Pad 2014 installation package can be downloaded from here:

Extract the package & run the installer script

Note: All below instructions assume you’re using a Debian Linux­based host computer (Ubuntu 12.04 recommended). Using
a virtual machine is not recommended due to Nexus 7 USB host mode compatibility limitations.

  1. Install the “adb” and “fastboot” packages onto your Linux host computer:
    $ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
    $ sudo apt-get update
    $ sudo apt-get install android-tools-adb android-fastboot-tools
  2. Untar the Pwn Pad 2014 installation package:
    $ tar xvf pwnpad-2014_image.tar.xz
    $ cd pwnie_img/
    $ chmod +x
  3. Attach the Nexus 7 to your Linux host computer with the stock Nexus 7 micro­USB cable. Do NOT use any USB extension cables, USB hubs, or any additional adapters.
  4. Hold the Nexus 7 power and volume­down buttons simultaneously to boot into Fastboot mode.
  5. From your Linux host computer, run the following command to initialize the adb server:
    $ sudo adb start-server
  6. Run the Pwn Pad image installation script:
    $ sudo ./
  7. Follow the onscreen step­by­step instructions from the script.

Community Edition Support

  • John Smith

    Why does this only work on the 3G and not wifi only version of the Nexus 7?

    • bostondon617

      Thank you for your question. There is certain functionality required of having either a Nexus 7 (2013) 32GB+LTE or Nexus 7 (2012) 32GB+Mobile Data. If you have no need of this functionality (e.g. establishing Reverse SSH sessions via 3G, etc.), then you may be able to install the “community edition” onto your device. However we have not performed any testing on any other hardware platform and therefore cannot offer any guarantee of success.

  • gnarle

    Please swap $ sudo apt-get install android-tools-adb android-fastboot-tools for $ sudo apt-get install android-tools-adb android-tools-fastboot as I was having errors finding the package at first.

    • Don Kelloway

      Thank you for this information. We will be sure to update our documentation to reflect the correct usage.

  • detro

    You know, hundreds of folks ended up purchasing the non mobile data model to make their own pwnpad and were told (by pwnieexpress)that it should work fine but will just install a bunch of extra GSM extras. I am hoping this is a the truth or else im bricking my nexus tonight =

    • Don Kelloway

      We appreciate your comments, but as noted below there is certain functionality required of having either a Nexus 7 (2013) 32GB+LTE or Nexus 7 (2012) 32GB+Mobile Data. If you have no need of this functionality (e.g. establishing Reverse SSH sessions via 3G, etc.), then you may be able to install the “community edition” onto a Nexus 7 (2012) 32GB or Nexus 7 (2013) 32GB model that doesn’t offer LTE or Mobile Data. However it is important to understand we have not performed any official testing on any hardware platform other than the Nexus 7 (2013) 32GB+LTE or Nexus 7 (2012) 32GB+Mobile Data.

  • iamp

    Does it have to be 32GB?

    • Don Kelloway

      The image associated with the Pwn Pad 2014 has only been tested in association with the Nexus 7 2013 32GB+LTE tablet. Though it may be possible we have not performed any testing with using this image with either the Nexus 7 2013 32GB WiFi only or the Nexus 7 2013 16GB WiFi only models.

      With respect to releasing an image of the Pwn Pad 2014 for use with the Nexus 7 2012 models, we have only tested for use with the 32GB+Mobile Data tablet, and we have to release this image as of February 17th.

  • truth

    Idk if its possible, but you guys should really make a .zip file that’s flashable thru a custom recovery (twrp, cwm, etc.). The reason I’m wanting this has nothing to do with the steps, or my PC, or anything like that. I just want to be able to install it alongside my current ROM. If it was a file I could use multirom to dual boot it, as I do with backtrack on my PC. I haven’t looked at the package, so I have no idea what kind of modifications have been done to the boot partition, if any, but I feel from my standpoint that it should be possible. Please consider this if its within the scope of this project.

    • Don Kelloway

      Thank you for your comments/suggestions. Our developers are currently reviewing various options involving the installation and recovery process

      • truth

        Cool, hope you guys can and/or want to make this possible. I would love to just flash the images, but, using a pen testing suite as my only ROM, although I’m sure its possible, would not be convenient, smart, or secure in my situation. Even though it was quite vague, thank you for your feedback. My fingers are crossed…

      • Chinook Piroh

        I would love this as well seeing as how it’d be possible to Multiboot

  • XL

    Is there anyway to combine this with a multiboot so that you can run a stock andriod rom alongside the kalipwnpad?

    • Don Kelloway

      Not at the present time

  • Booting

    I seem to be able to get through beginning of the installer just fine but once it gets to

    “Booting into TWRP Recovery

    Downloading ‘boot.img’…
    OKAY [0.263s]

    everything seems to just stop. Has anyone else run into this? Any suggestions?

  • detro

    Anyone else have issues with the dnsspoof script in the community edition after the recent update?

  • Ac1dR4in

    Anyone can help me?! When i start the Image script all is working normaly… but… when it says Booting into TWRP it stops and there stand: push TWRP/… blablabla…
    And nothing happen… it stands all the time there…

    P.S. Sorry for my bad English i’m from Germany
    P.S.S. I’m using the Nexus 7 2013 32GB Wifi Only

  • WhaT

    What is the functionality difference between the Nexus 7 (2013) 32GB+LTE and Nexus 7 (2012) 32GB+Mobile Data? And is there any drawbacks, other than from a support standpoint to the Community Ed, from the Full?