How to install Nessus on kali Linux

Nessus Vulnerability Scanner step by step installation process 

Section 1: Installation

1.  Prepare your Kali/Ubuntu/Debian with apt update and apt upgrade. Commad: sudo apt update && apt upgrade


2.  From Kali’s mozilla/chrome browser go to 

3.  Register with MIT/organizational email. Wait more than 5 minutes to receive the activation code via email. 

4.  It will take to download page and select the appropriate distro (depends on your Linux distro).  

5.  Now go to your terminal and type ls /home/kali/Downloads | grep Nessus or simply ls /home/kali/Downloads. The later command works well when you have a few files in the download folder. Notice the installation package name, this is required for installation via command.

A successful installation will look like this.

7.      In the next step, we will start the Nessus service by issuing 2 commands: 

8.      Verify that the Nessusd is running. Command: systemctl status nessusd.service or systemctl status nessusd 

9.      Recall the message that we received earlier after finishing installationIt means that the Nessus service can be accessed by typing the address https://kali:8834/ in the Kali’s browser (Mozilla). Here, 8834 is the TCP port that Nessus daemon binds to. In other words, Nessus web interface can be accessed via local host/server IP using 8834 port. Therefoere it is important to verify that port 8834 is being listened. Command: sudo netstat -ant | grep 8834 or sudo ss -ant | grep 8834 

10.  Now access Nessus web interface via https://kali:8834/


11.  Finish the set up


12.  Since you have already registered, select skip.


13.  Provide the key in the next step that you have received via email. Then create username and provide to finish the Nessus set up 


14.  Nessus setup will take about 10 minutes to finish.


2.  Select Basic Network Sca 


3.  Create a scan profile. Provide the target machine’s IP address. is the IP of WIN 7 VM. Then click save tab. 

4.  Once saved, the scan can be started from the launch tab. 

5.  The status will be updated as follows 

6.  Click on the scan profile (Windows 7 vulnerability assessment). It will return the ongoing scan window as follows


7.  You will see the following output once the scanning completes. This is the visualization of the report summary. 

8.  Now generate and download the report by clicking Report tab and then select PDF and  respectively. You need to choose Detailed Vulnerabilities By

Generate Report tab



to download the full report. 

9.  You need to access the Downloads folder to access the report.



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