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Nessuscli Agent

Some Nessus Agent functions can be performed and administered through a command line interface using the nessuscli agent utility.

Note: All commands must be run by a user with administrative privileges.

Nessuscli Agent Syntax

Operating System



# /opt/nessus_agent/sbin/nessuscli agent <arg1> <arg2>

Mac OS X

# /Library/NessusAgent/run/sbin/nessuscli <arg1> <arg2>


C:\Program Files\Tenable\Nessus Agent


C:\ProgramData\Tenable\Nessus Agent

Run cmd.exe as administrator

Nessuscli Agent Commands

Command Description
Help Commands

# nessuscli agent help

Displays a list of Nessus Agent commands

Bug Reporting Commands

# nessuscli bug-report-generator

Generates an archive of system diagnostics.

Running this command without arguments prompts for values.

--quiet: run the bug report generator without prompting user for feedback..

--scrub: when in quiet mode, bug report generator sanitizes the last two octets of the IPv4 address

--full: when in quiet mode, bug report generator collects extra data..

Local Agent Commands

Used to link, unlink, and display agent status

# nessuscli agent link --key=<key> [--name=<name>] [--groups=<group1,group2,…​>] [--ca-path=<ca_file_name>] --host=<host> --port=<port>

Using the key obtained from within Nessus Manager, this command links the agent to the Nessus Manager.

Optional Parameters









# nessuscli agent unlink

Unlinks agent from the Nessus Manager.

# nessuscli agent status

Displays the status of the agent: jobs pending and if the agent linked or not linked to server.

Example Status

Agent linked
3 jobs pending

Agent not linked to a server

Agent is linked to
1 jobs pending

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