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Scan Exports and Reports

Scans can be exported as a Nessus file or a Nessus DB file. These files can then be imported as a scan or policy, as described in Import a Scan and Import a Policy.

You can also create a scan report in several different formats. Some formats allow you to customize the information that is included; formats that do not allow customization include all selected scan information in the report.

For more information, see Export a Scan Report.

Format Description Allows Customization?
Exports
Nessus A .nessus file in XML format that contains the list of targets, policies defined by the user, and scan results. Password credentials are stripped so they are not exported as plain text in the XML. If you import a .nessus file as a policy, you must re-apply your passwords to any credentials. No
Nessus DB A proprietary encrypted database format that contains all the information in a scan, including the audit trails and results. When you export in this format, you must enter a password to encrypt the results of the scan. No
Reports
PDF A report generated in PDF format. Depending on the size of the report, PDF generation may take several minutes. Either Oracle Java or OpenJDK is required for PDF reports. Yes
HTML A report generated using standard HTML that allows customization. This report opens in a new tab in your browser. Yes
CSV A comma-separated values (CSV) export that can be used to import into many external programs such as databases, spreadsheets, and more. No

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