Update Activation Code

When you receive a new license with a corresponding activation code, you must register the new activation code in Nessus.

Note: If you are working with Nessus offline, see Manage Tenable Nessus Offline.

User Interface

  1. In Tenable Nessus, in the top navigation bar, click Settings.
  2. In the Overview tab, click the button next to the activation code.
  3. Type the activation code and click Activate.

    The license is now active on this instance of Nessus.

Note: If you are using Tenable Nessus Scanner, the License Expiration and Activation Code values on the About page show as N/A.

Command Line Interface

  1. On the system running Nessus, open a command prompt.
  2. Run the nessuscli fetch --register <Activation Code> command specific to your operating system.

    Platform Command


    # /opt/nessus/sbin/nessuscli fetch --register xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx


    # /usr/local/nessus/sbin/nessuscli fetch --register xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx


    C:\Program Files\Tenable\Nessus>nessuscli.exe fetch --register xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx


    # /Library/Nessus/run/sbin/nessuscli fetch --register xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx

    Nessus downloads and installs the Nessus engine and the latest Nessus plugins, and then restarts.

    Note: To register Nessus without automatically downloading and installing the latest updates, use the command nessuscli fetch --register-only.