Install Nessus Essentials, Professional, or Manager

This option installs a standalone versions of Nessus Essentials, Nessus Professional, or Nessus Manager. During installation, you will be prompted to enter your Nessus Activation Code; this Activation Code determines which product will be installed.

To configure Nessus as Nessus Essentials, Nessus Professional, or Nessus Manager:

  1. On the Welcome to Nessus screen, select how you want to install Nessus:

    • Nessus Essentials — The free version of Nessus for educators, students, and hobbyists.
    • Nessus Professional — The de-facto industry standard vulnerability assessment solution for security practitioners.
    • Nessus Manager — The enterprise solution for managing Nessus Agents at scale.
  2. Click Continue.

    If you selected Nessus Professional or Nessus Manager, the Register Nessus screen appears.

    If you selected Nessus Essentials, the Get an activation code screen appears.

  3. If you selected Nessus Essentials, do one of the following:

    • If you need an activation code:
      1. On the Get an activation code screen, type your name and email address.
      2. Click Email.
      3. Check your email for your free activation code.
    • If you already have an activation code, click Skip.
  4. On the Register Nessus screen, type your Activation Code.

    The Activation Code is the code you obtained from your activation email or from the Tenable Downloads Page.

  5. Click Continue.

    The Create a user account screen appears.

  6. Create a Nessus administrator user account that you use to log in to Nessus:
    1. In the Username box, enter a username.
    2. In the Password box, enter a password for the user account.

      Note: Passwords cannot contain Unicode characters.

  7. Click Submit.

    Nessus finishes the configuration process, which may take several minutes.

  8. Using the administrator user account you created, Sign In to Nessus.