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Install Plugins Manually

You can manually update Nessus plugins in two ways: the user interface or the command line interface.

Before you begin

To install plugins manually using the Nessus user interface:

  1. In Nessus, in the top navigation bar, click Settings.

    The About page appears.

  2. Click the Software Update tab.
  3. In the upper-right corner, click the Manual Software Update button.

    The Manual Software Update dialog box appears.

  4. In the Manual Software Update dialog box, select Upload your own plugin archive, and then select Continue.
  5. Navigate to the compressed TAR file you downloaded, select it, then click Open.

    Nessus updates with the uploaded plugins.

To install plugins manually using the command line interface:

  1. On the system running Nessus, open a command prompt.
  2. Use the nessuscli update <tar.gz filename> command specific to your operating system.

    Platform

    Command

    Linux

    # /opt/nessus/sbin/nessuscli update <tar.gz filename>

    FreeBSD

    # /usr/local/nessus/sbin/nessuscli update <tar.gz filename>

    Mac OS X

    # /Library/Nessus/run/sbin/nessuscli update <tar.gz filename>

    Windows

    C:\Program Files\Tenable\Nessus>nessuscli.exe update <tar.gz filename>

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