Download and Copy Plugins

Note: The following process is only intended for organizations that do not want to enable automatic plugin updates in their Tenable Nessus environment, or organizations that use offline environments. For information about automatic plugin updates and how to enable them, see Update Tenable Nessus Software.

After submitting the required information on the Offline Update Page Details, download the Nessus Plugins compressed TAR file.

Download Plugins

  1. Using the computer with internet access (B), copy and save the on-screen custom URL link.

    Note: This custom URL is specific to your Tenable Nessus license and you must use it each time you need to download and update plugins again.

    Caution: Tenable recommends saving the custom URL before continuing. The URL is only shown once after registration. If you close the registration window and forget the URL, you have to restart the registration process to generate a new URL.
  2. Click the on-screen custom URL link.
    The link downloads the compressed TAR file.

Copy Plugins to Tenable Nessus

  1. Copy the compressed TAR file to the offline (A) system.
    Use the directory specific to your operating system:




    # /opt/nessus/sbin/


    # /usr/local/nessus/sbin/


    # /Library/Nessus/run/sbin/


    C:\Program Files\Tenable\Nessus

  2. Next, on the offline (A) system running Tenable Nessus, Install Plugins Manually.