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Software Requirements

Nessus supports Mac, Linux, and Windows operating systems.

Nessus Manager and Nessus Professional

Operating System

Supported Versions

Linux

Debian 7, 8, and 9 / Kali Linux 1, 2017.1, and Rolling - i386

Debian 7, 8, and 9 / Kali Linux 1, 2017.1, and Rolling - AMD64

Red Hat ES 6 / CentOS 6 / Oracle Linux 6 (including Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel) - i386

Red Hat ES 6 / CentOS 6 / Oracle Linux 6 (including Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel) - x86_64

Red Hat ES 7 / CentOS 7 / Oracle Linux 7 (including Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel) - x86_64

FreeBSD 10 and 11 - AMD64

Fedora 24 and 25 - x86_64

SUSE 11 and 12 Enterprise - i586

SUSE 11 and 12 Enterprise - x86_64

Ubuntu 12.04, 12.10, 13.04, 13.10, 14.04, and 16.04 - i386

Ubuntu 12.04, 12.10, 13.04, 13.10, 14.04, and 16.04 - AMD64

Windows

Windows 7, 8, and 10 - i386

Windows Server 2008, Server 2008 R2*, Server 2012, Server 2012 R2, Server 2016, 7, 8, and 10 - x86-64

Tip: Windows Server 2008 R2’s bundled version of Microsoft IE does not interface with a Java installation properly. This causes Nessus to not perform as expected in some situations: Microsoft’s policy recommends not using MSIE on server operating systems.

For increased performance and scan reliability when installing on a Windows platform, it is highly recommended that Nessus be installed on a server product from the Microsoft Windows family such as Windows Server 2008 R2.

Mac OS X

Mac OS X 10.10, 10.11, and 10.12 - x86-64

Nessus Agents

Operating System

Supported Versions

Linux

Debian 7, 8, and 9- i386

Debian 7, 8, and 9 - AMD64

Red Hat ES 6 / CentOS 6 / Oracle Linux 6 (including Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel) - i386

Red Hat ES 6 / CentOS 6 / Oracle Linux 6 (including Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel) - x86_64

Red Hat ES 7 / CentOS 7 / Oracle Linux 7 - x86_64

Fedora 24 and 25 - x86_64

Ubuntu 12.04, 12.10, 13.04, 13.10, and 14.04 - i386

Ubuntu 12.04, 12.10, 13.04, 13.10, and 14.04 - AMD64

Windows

Windows 7, 8, and 10 - i386

Windows Server 2008, Server 2008 R2*, Server 2012, Server 2012 R2, Server 2016, 7, 8, and 10 - x86-64

Mac OS X

Mac OS X 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, 10.11, and 10.12 - x86-64

Browsers

The following browsers are supported for Nessus.

  • Google Chrome (50+)
  • Apple Safari (10+)
  • Mozilla Firefox (50+)
  • Internet Explorer (11+)

PDF Reports

The Nessus .pdf report generation feature requires the latest version of Oracle Java or OpenJDK.

Oracle Java or OpenJDK must be installed prior to the installation of Nessus.

Note: If Oracle Java or OpenJDK is installed after the Nessus installation, Nessus must be reinstalled for the PDF report generation to function.

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