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Install Plugins Manually

If you used the steps to Download and Copy Plugins offline, your next step is to update Nessus plugins using the compressed TAR file.

Once you have copied the plugins file, there are two ways to update Nessus using the compressed TAR file.

  1. Use the Manual Software Update feature in the Nessus user interface.
  2. Use the command line interface and the nessuscli update command.

Option 1: Manual Software Update via the UI

  1. On the offline system running Nessus (A), select the (missing or bad snippet).
  2. From the side-bar menu, select Software Update.
  3. Next, select the Manual Software Update button.
  4. On the Manual Software Update dialog box, select Upload your own plugin archive, and then select Continue.
  5. Navigate to the directory where you downloaded the compressed TAR file.
  1. Select the compressed TAR file and then select Open.
    Nessus updates with the uploaded plugins.

Option 2: Update via the Command Line

  1. On the offline system running Nessus (A), open a command prompt.
  2. Use the nessuscli update <tar.gz filename> command specific to your operating system.

    Platform

    Command

    Linux

    # /opt/nessus/sbin/nessuscli update <tar.gz filename>

    FreeBSD

    # /usr/local/nessus/sbin/nessuscli update <tar.gz filename>

    Mac OS X

    # /Library/Nessus/run/sbin/nessuscli update <tar.gz filename>

    Windows

    C:\Program Files\Tenable\Nessus>nessuscli.exe update <tar.gz filename>

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