Export a Scan

You can export a scan from one Nessus scanner and import it to a different Nessus scanner. This helps you manage your scan results, compare reports, back up reports, and facilitates communication between groups within an organization. For more information, see Import a Scan and Import a Policy.

You can export scan results as a Nessus file or as a Nessus DB file. For more information, see Scan Exports and Reports.

For Nessus files, if you modified scan results using plugin rules (for example, you hid or changed the severity of a plugin), the exported scan does not reflect these modifications.

To export a scan:

  1. In the top navigation bar, click Scans.

    The My Scans page appears.

  2. Click a scan.

    The scan's results page appears.

  3. In the upper-right corner, click Export.
  4. From the drop-down box, select the format in which you want to export the scan results.

    • If you select Nessus format, Nessus automatically exports the file.
    • If you select Nessus DB format, the Export as Nessus DB dialog box appears.
      1. Type a password to protect the file.

        When you import the Nessus DB file to another scanner, you are prompted for this password.

      2. Click Export.

        Nessus exports the file.