macOS: Install via the wizard

How to set up our agent-based internal scanning solution to protect macOS devices in your internal network

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Written by Patrick Craston
Updated over a week ago

For each agent that you install, you must have a license available; if you don't, the machine(s) won't show up on your targets page.

πŸ‘‰ If you're installing the agent on 10 machines, you must have 10 licenses available.

Please note, each machine must have a unique device name; if you use the same name as an existing internal target, it won't work.

Step 1: Download the agent installer

1. Head to the targets page > select Add target > Internal targets

2. Choose between a Single agent deployment (providing instructions and a link to download the agent for the machine) or Mass deployment (providing the parameters you need for your installation script).


If choosing Single Agent deployment:

3. Enter the details for the machine you wish to scan:

  • πŸ‘‰ Operating System

  • πŸ‘‰ Operating System version (there is only one option for macOS)

  • πŸ‘‰ Your device name (this must be unique and contain only letters, numbers or hyphens)

  • πŸ‘‰ (optional) Add any tag(s)

➑️ Hit 'Download agent'

You should see something similar to this:

Step 2: Install the agent

Double-click on the .dmg file and then double-click the "Install Nessus Agent.pkg" installer. Follow the steps on the machine to complete the installation process.

Step 3: Install the agent

πŸ‘‰ Open terminal

πŸ‘‰ Copy the command and run it

  • If you see a prompt for a password, enter your computer's password and hit return. (Don't worry that you may not be able to see any of the characters that you're typing – this is normal).

  • When the linking command has run successfully, you'll see this πŸ‘‡ :

πŸ‘‰ Once linked, it'll look something like this:

What do the statuses mean?

You may notice an amber status under the Latest Activity column, like this:

This status gives an insight into the current status of the installation or linking process.

Status Message


Added. Awaiting agent.

The target has been added to the Intruder portal but the agent is not yet linked and reporting back from the target.

Agent unlinked/uninstalled.

The agent has been unlinked or removed from the target, this would indicate something has happened locally on the target to remove the connection to Intruder.

If you have any trouble, please click the button below:

Note: Internal vulnerability scanning is only available to Pro, Premium and Vanguard customers.

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