Update Tenable Nessus Software (CLI)

When updating Tenable Nessus components, you can use the nessuscli update commands, also found in the command-line section.

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

Note: You must run the following commands with administrator privileges.
Operating System Command


# /opt/nessus/sbin/nessuscli <cmd> <arg1> <arg2>


C:\Program Files\Tenable\Nessus <cmd> <arg1> <arg2>


# /Library/Nessus/run/sbin/nessuscli <cmd> <arg1> <arg2>

Software Update Commands

nessuscli update

By default, this tool respects the software update options selected through the Nessus user interface.

nessuscli update --all

Forces updates for all Nessus components.

nessuscli update --plugins-only

Forces updates for Nessus plugins only.