This article describes how to manually install the agent on a macOS device (we also have installation guides for Windows and Linux). Users can also use the installation wizard inside the platform.

Step 1: Download the agent installer

  • Search for the relevant .dmg installer file (i.e. NessusAgent-X.X.X.dmg) and download it.

Step 2: Install the agent

Double-click on the .dmg file and then double-click the "Install Nessus Agent.pkg" installer.

To configure: Open the Targets page > Add Targets > Internal targets

Click 'View configuration keys'

Copy the 'Prefix'

Your DeviceName is comprised of your Prefix and your TargetName
(what you'd like the target to be named in the portal).

DeviceName = Prefix_TargetName (eg. DQEGBQUAAAc_paul-laptop).

To link:

  • Open the Terminal app

  • Run the following command, making sure to update:

    • DeviceName (see above)

    • Key (see above)

sudo /Library/NessusAgent/run/sbin/nessuscli agent link --name=DeviceName --cloud --key=Key

Note: Internal vulnerability scanning is only available to Pro and Verified customers.

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