Installing Nessus on different platforms

Nessus supports almost all the popular operating systems. Depending on the availability of the operating system, the required installation steps given in this section can be followed to install Nessus. The latest information/steps can also be fetched from Nessus's official website. At the time of writing this book, Nessus supports the following operating system platforms:

  • Microsoft Windows – XP, 2003, 2008, Vista, 2012, 7, and 8
  • Linux – Debian, Red Hat, Fedora, SuSE, Ubuntu
  • Solaris
  • Mac
  • Free BSD
  • Checksums and GCP keys

The latest details about the preceding list can be obtained from Tenable Nessus's official website at


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