Install Nessus on macOS
Caution: If you install a Nessus Agent, Manager, or Scanner on a system with an existing Nessus Agent, Manager, or Scanner running
nessusd, the installation process will kill all other
nessusd processes. You may lose scan data as a result.
Note: Nessus does not support using symbolic links for /opt/nessus/.
Download Nessus Package File
For details, refer to the Product Download topic.
Extract the Nessus files
Double-click the Nessus-<version number>.dmg file.
Start Nessus Installation
Double-click Install Nessus.pkg.
Complete the Tenable, Inc. Nessus Server Install
When the installation begins, the Install Tenable, Inc. Nessus Server screen appears and provides an interactive navigation menu.
The Welcome to the Tenable, Inc. Nessus Server Installer window provides general information about the Nessus installation.
- Read the installer information.
- To begin, select the Continue button.
- On the Software License Agreement screen, read the terms of the Tenable, Inc. Nessus software license and subscription agreement.
- OPTIONAL: To retain a copy of the license agreement, select Print or Save.
- Next, select the Continue button.
- To continue installing Nessus, select the Agree button, otherwise, select the Disagree button to quit and exit.
On the Standard Install on <DriveName> screen, choose one of the following options:
- Select the Change Install Location button.
- Select the Install button to continue using the default installation location.
When the Preparing for installation screen appears, you are prompted for a username and password.
- Enter the Name and Password of an administrator account or the root user account.
- On the Ready to Install the Program screen, select the Install button.
Next, the Installing Tenable, Inc. Nessus screen appears and shows a Status indication bar for the remaining installation progress. The process may take several minutes.
When the installation is complete, the The installation was successful screen appears.
After the installation completes, select Close.
Perform the remaining Nessus installation steps in your browser.
Run the following commands in the listed order:
sudo hdiutil attach Nessus-<Nessus_Version>.dmg
sudo installer -package /Volumes/Nessus\ Install/Install\ Nessus.pkg -target /
sudo hdiutil detach /Volumes/Nessus\ Install