Update Plugins Offline

Use this procedure to update an existing offline Tenable Nessus server's plugins. The following steps assume that you have already completed steps to Install Tenable Nessus Offline.

Note: Tenable recommends that you only use this process to update offline Tenable Nessus instances. All online instances of Tenable Nessus receive automatic plugin updates. For information on how your Tenable Nessus instances receive plugin updates, see Plugins and the following Tenable knowledge base article.

Note: You cannot update Tenable Nessus Expert web application scanning plugins when Tenable Nessus is offline.

To update plugins for an offline Tenable Nessus instance:

  1. Using the computer with internet access, open the Custom URL that you saved during the initial Tenable Nessus license generation process.

    The Tenable Nessus plugins TAR file downloads to your machine.

  2. Copy the compressed TAR file to the offline Tenable Nessus system.

    Use the directory specific to your operating system:




    C:\Program Files\Tenable\Nessus


    # /Library/Nessus/run/sbin/


    # /opt/nessus/sbin/


    # /usr/local/nessus/sbin/

  3. Install the TAR file using one of the following methods: