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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 6, 7, and 8 / Kali Linux 1, 2, and Rolling - i386
  • Debian 6, 7, and 8 / Kali Linux 1, 2, and Rolling - AMD64
  • Red Hat ES 5 / CentOS 5 / Oracle Linux 5 (including Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel) - i386
  • Red Hat ES 5 / CentOS 5 / Oracle Linux 5 (including Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel) - x86_64
  • 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 - AMD64
  • Fedora 20 and 21 - x86_64
  • SUSE 10.0 Enterprise - x86_64
  • SUSE 11 Enterprise - i586
  • SUSE 11 Enterprise - x86_64
  • Ubuntu 11.10, 12.04, 12.10, 13.04, 13.10, 14.04, and 16.04 - i386
  • Ubuntu 11.10, 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 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, 10.11, and 10.12 - x86-64

Nessus Agents

Operating System

Supported Versions

Linux

  • Debian 6, 7, and 8 - i386
  • Debian 6, 7, and 8 - AMD64
  • Red Hat ES 5 / CentOS 5 / Oracle Linux 5 (including Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel) - i386
  • Red Hat ES 5 / CentOS 5 / Oracle Linux 5 (including Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel) - x86_64
  • 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 20 and 21 - x86_64
  • Ubuntu 10.04 - i386
  • Ubuntu 10.04 - AMD64
  • Ubuntu 11.10, 12.04, 12.10, 13.04, 13.10, and 14.04 - i386
  • Ubuntu 11.10, 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 (24+)
  • Apple Safari (6+)
  • Mozilla Firefox (20+)
  • Internet Explorer (9+)

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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