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Software Requirements

Nessus Agents and Nessus Manager support Mac, Linux, and Windows operating systems.

Nessus Agents

See the following table to understand the software requirements for Nessus agents.

Operating System

Supported Versions

32-bit Linux
  • Debian 6, Debian 7, Debian 8, and Debian 9 / Kali Linux 1, 2017.3
  • Red Hat ES 5 / CentOS 5 / Oracle Linux 5 (including Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel)
  • Red Hat ES 6 / CentOS 6 / Oracle Linux 6 (including Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel)
  • SUSE 11 Enterprise
  • Ubuntu 9.10, Ubuntu 10.04, Ubuntu 11.04, Ubuntu 11.10, Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 13.04, Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, and Ubuntu 17.10

64-bit Linux

  • Amazon Linux 2015.03, Amazon Linux 2015.09, Amazon Linux 2017.09, and Amazon Linux 2018.03
  • Debian 6, Debian 7, Debian 8, and Debian 9 / Kali Linux 1, 2017.3
  • Fedora 20, Fedora 21, Fedora 24, Fedora 25, Fedora 26, and Fedora 27
  • Red Hat ES 5 / CentOS 5 / Oracle Linux 5 (including Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel)
  • Red Hat ES 6 / CentOS 6 / Oracle Linux 6 (including Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel)
  • Red Hat ES 7 / CentOS 7 / Oracle Linux 7 (including Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel)
  • Red Hat ES 8 / CentOS 8 / Oracle Linux 8 (including Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel)

  • SUSE 11 and SUSE 12 Enterprise
  • Ubuntu 9.10, Ubuntu 10.04, Ubuntu 11.04, Ubuntu 11.10, Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 13.04, Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, and Ubuntu 17.10
32-bit Windows
  • Windows Server 2008 SP2
  • Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8, and Windows 10

64-bit Windows

  • Windows Server 2008 SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2019
  • Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8, and Windows 10

Mac OS X

Mac OS X 10.9 - 10.15

Nessus Manager

See the following table to understand the software requirements for Nessus scanners, Nessus Professional, and Nessus Manager.

Operating System

Supported Versions

32-bit Linux
  • Debian 7, Debian 8, and Debian 9 / Kali Linux 1, 2017.1, and Rolling
  • Red Hat ES 6, CentOS 6, Oracle Linux 6 (including Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel)
  • SUSE 11 and 12 Enterprise
  • SUSE Enterprise 11 SP4, SUSE Enterprise 12
  • Ubuntu 12.04, 12.10, 13.04, 13.10, 14.04, and 16.04

64-bit Linux

  • Debian 7, 8, and 9 / Kali Linux 1, 2017.1, and Rolling
  • Red Hat ES 6, CentOS 6, Oracle Linux 6 (including Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel)
  • Red Hat ES 7, CentOS 7, Oracle Linux 7 (including Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel)
  • Red Hat ES 8, CentOS8, Oracle Linux 8 (including Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel)
  • FreeBSD 10, FreeBSD 11
  • Fedora 24, Fedora 25
  • SUSE 11 and 12 Enterprise
  • SUSE Enterprise 11 SP4, SUSE Enterprise 12
  • Ubuntu 12.04, 12.10, 13.04, 13.10, 14.04, 16.04, and 18.04
32-bit Windows

Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8, and Windows 10

Note: For Nessus 8.8 and later, you must install Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015 on the host operating system.

The redistributable package requires the following service packs to be installed on the following Windows versions: Windows Server 2008 requires Service Pack 2, Windows Server 2008 R2 requires Service Pack 1, and Windows 7 requires Service Pack 1.

64-bit Windows

  • Windows Server 2008 SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2019
  • Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8, and Windows 10

Note: For Nessus 8.8 and later, you must install Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015 on the host operating system.

The redistributable package requires the following service packs to be installed on the following Windows versions: Windows Server 2008 requires Service Pack 2, Windows Server 2008 R2 requires Service Pack 1, and Windows 7 requires Service Pack 1.

Tip: Windows Server 2008 R2’s bundled version of Microsoft IE does not interface with a Java installation properly. This causes Nessus to not perform as expected in some situations: Microsoft’s policy recommends not using MSIE on server operating systems.

For increased performance and scan reliability when installing on a Windows platform, Tenable highly recommends that Nessus be installed on a server product from the Microsoft Windows family such as Windows Server 2008 R2.

Mac OS X

Mac OS X 10.8 - 10.14

Browsers

Nessus supports the following browsers:

  • Google Chrome (50+)
  • Apple Safari (10+)
  • Mozilla Firefox (50+)
  • Internet Explorer (11+)

Note: For Nessus 7.0 and later, you must enable Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.2 in your browser.

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