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Last Update:

08 Sep 2021

Package Maintainer(s):

Software Author(s):

  • Tenable
  • Inc.


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Nessus Agent

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8.3.1 | Updated: 08 Sep 2021



Downloads of v 8.3.1:



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Nessus Agent 8.3.1

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All Checks are Passing

3 Passing Tests

Validation Testing Passed

Verification Testing Passed


Scan Testing Successful:

No detections found in any package files


To install Nessus Agent, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To upgrade Nessus Agent, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To uninstall Nessus Agent, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


NOTE: This applies to both open source and commercial editions of Chocolatey.

1. Ensure you are set for organizational deployment

Please see the organizational deployment guide

  • Open Source or Commercial:
    • Proxy Repository - Create a proxy nuget repository on Nexus, Artifactory Pro, or a proxy Chocolatey repository on ProGet. Point your upstream to Packages cache on first access automatically. Make sure your choco clients are using your proxy repository as a source and NOT the default community repository. See source command for more information.
    • You can also just download the package and push it to a repository Download

3. Enter your internal repository url

(this should look similar to

4. Choose your deployment method:

choco upgrade nessus-agent -y --source="'STEP 3 URL'" [other options]

See options you can pass to upgrade.

See best practices for scripting.

Add this to a PowerShell script or use a Batch script with tools and in places where you are calling directly to Chocolatey. If you are integrating, keep in mind enhanced exit codes.

If you do use a PowerShell script, use the following to ensure bad exit codes are shown as failures:

choco upgrade nessus-agent -y --source="'STEP 3 URL'"

Write-Verbose "Exit code was $exitCode"
$validExitCodes = @(0, 1605, 1614, 1641, 3010)
if ($validExitCodes -contains $exitCode) {
  Exit 0

Exit $exitCode

- name: Ensure nessus-agent installed
    name: nessus-agent
    state: present
    version: 8.3.1
    source: STEP 3 URL

See docs at

chocolatey_package 'nessus-agent' do
  action    :install
  version  '8.3.1'
  source   'STEP 3 URL'

See docs at

    Name: nessus-agent,
    Version: 8.3.1,
    Source: STEP 3 URL

Requires Otter Chocolatey Extension. See docs at

cChocoPackageInstaller nessus-agent
   Name     = 'nessus-agent'
   Ensure   = 'Present'
   Version  = '8.3.1'
   Source   = 'STEP 3 URL'

Requires cChoco DSC Resource. See docs at

package { 'nessus-agent':
  provider => 'chocolatey',
  ensure   => '8.3.1',
  source   => 'STEP 3 URL',

Requires Puppet Chocolatey Provider module. See docs at

salt '*' chocolatey.install nessus-agent version="8.3.1" source="STEP 3 URL"

See docs at

5. If applicable - Chocolatey configuration/installation

See infrastructure management matrix for Chocolatey configuration elements and examples.

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This package was approved as a trusted package on 08 Sep 2021.


Nessus Agents™ compliment traditional network vulnerability scanning to give you visibility into additional IT assets—like endpoints, and other remote assets that intermittently connect to the internet. They collect asset and system information and send it back to® or™ (formerly SecurityCenter) for analysis. You get a low footprint agent that extends scan coverage and increases scan flexibility.


  • Extend scan coverage to laptops and other transient devices.
  • Remove credential headaches –once deployed, agents no longer require host credentials to run future scans.
  • Reduce network scan performance overhead.
  • Easy to deploy and can be installed anywhere.
  • Highly secure –including leveraging encryption to protect your data.
  • Scan quickly –perform rapid scans on demand with little network impact.


Nessus Agent is a commercial product that requires a license to use. See the Licensing Requirement for more information.

Nessus Agent is useless by itself! At a minimum, you should have the IP address/port of a Tenable server to which the Agent can connect and a Linking Key for the server. Provide those (and other) options using the --installarguments (--ia) switch:

Most Common
  • NESSUS_SERVER=(IP Address):(port)
  • NESSUS_KEY=(Linking Key)
  • NESSUS_GROUPS="(Group names)"
Other options


choco install nessus-agent -y --ia 'NESSUS_GROUPS=""Group1,Another Group"" NESSUS_SERVER="""" NESSUS_KEY=00abcd00000efgh11111i0k222lmopq3333st4455u66v777777w88xy9999zabc00'

Use the ' surrounding the arguments when calling Chocolatey with PowerShell. When using cmd.exe, the arguments must be surrounded by " instead.

If Nessus Agent is installed without the server and/or key values, they can be added later, on the command line. See nessuscli.exe /? for more.

$ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop'

$packageArgs = @{
   packageName   = $env:ChocolateyPackageName
   fileType      = 'MSI'
   url           = ''
   url64bit      = ''
   softwareName  = 'Nessus Agent*'
   checksum      = '3b65d9368262a74757a7d0f9f9df4f34af0ae2da62c7c10cf7fd08d26978c3b0'
   checksum64    = 'e985b64b1f769efbc5996e128bde13867a5b49b15a618f9267bdc18e4798ee50'
   checksumType  = 'sha256' 
   silentArgs    = "/qn /norestart /l*v `"$($env:TEMP)\$($Env:chocolateyPackageName).$($env:chocolateyPackageVersion).MsiInstall.log`" "
   validExitCodes= @(0, 3010, 1641)

Install-ChocolateyPackage @packageArgs

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In cases where actual malware is found, the packages are subject to removal. Software sometimes has false positives. Moderators do not necessarily validate the safety of the underlying software, only that a package retrieves software from the official distribution point and/or validate embedded software against official distribution point (where distribution rights allow redistribution).

Chocolatey Pro provides runtime protection from possible malware.

Version Downloads Last Updated Status
Nessus Agent 8.3.0 149509 Monday, July 12, 2021 Approved
Nessus Agent 8.2.4 147890 Sunday, April 18, 2021 Approved
Nessus Agent 8.2.3 195 Monday, March 22, 2021 Approved
Nessus Agent 8.2.2 7180 Tuesday, January 26, 2021 Approved

This package has no dependencies.

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