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Downloads of v 10.6.0:


Last Update:

04 Apr 2024

Package Maintainer(s):

Software Author(s):

  • Tenable
  • Inc.


nessus agent tenable security vulnerability commercial

Nessus Agent

This is not the latest version of Nessus Agent available.

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10.6.0 | Updated: 04 Apr 2024



Downloads of v 10.6.0:



Software Author(s):

  • Tenable
  • Inc.

Nessus Agent 10.6.0

This is not the latest version of Nessus Agent available.

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Some Checks Have Failed or Are Not Yet Complete

Not All Tests Have Passed

Validation Testing Passed

Verification Testing Passed


Scan Testing Resulted in Flagged as a Note:

At least one file within this package has greater than 0 detections, but less than 5

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Deployment Method: Individual Install, Upgrade, & Uninstall

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:


Deployment Method:


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

1. Enter Your Internal Repository Url

(this should look similar to https://community.chocolatey.org/api/v2/)

2. Setup Your Environment

1. Ensure you are set for organizational deployment

Please see the organizational deployment guide

2. Get the package into your environment

  • 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 https://community.chocolatey.org/api/v2/. 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. Copy Your Script

choco upgrade nessus-agent -y --source="'INTERNAL REPO URL'" --version="'10.6.0'" [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="'INTERNAL REPO URL'" --version="'10.6.0'" 

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

Exit $exitCode

- name: Install nessus-agent
    name: nessus-agent
    version: '10.6.0'
    state: present

See docs at https://docs.ansible.com/ansible/latest/modules/win_chocolatey_module.html.

chocolatey_package 'nessus-agent' do
  action    :install
  source   'INTERNAL REPO URL'
  version  '10.6.0'

See docs at https://docs.chef.io/resource_chocolatey_package.html.

cChocoPackageInstaller nessus-agent
    Name     = "nessus-agent"
    Version  = "10.6.0"
    Source   = "INTERNAL REPO URL"

Requires cChoco DSC Resource. See docs at https://github.com/chocolatey/cChoco.

package { 'nessus-agent':
  ensure   => '10.6.0',
  provider => 'chocolatey',
  source   => 'INTERNAL REPO URL',

Requires Puppet Chocolatey Provider module. See docs at https://forge.puppet.com/puppetlabs/chocolatey.

4. If applicable - Chocolatey configuration/installation

See infrastructure management matrix for Chocolatey configuration elements and examples.

Package Approved

This package was approved as a trusted package on 04 Apr 2024.


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 Tenable.io® or Tenable.sc™ (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   = $env:ChocolateyPackageName
   fileType      = 'MSI'
   url           = 'https://www.tenable.com/downloads/api/v1/public/pages/nessus-agents/downloads/22608/download?i_agree_to_tenable_license_agreement=true'
   url64bit      = 'https://www.tenable.com/downloads/api/v1/public/pages/nessus-agents/downloads/22607/download?i_agree_to_tenable_license_agreement=true'
   softwareName  = 'Nessus Agent*'
   checksum      = 'ce7f0f8021928fb084c51ae44fd7a61eceb6efd745bf4c4c712e2325a48e5131'
   checksum64    = '62ca60031251bebe4da932d5c1e8070487c106fd5dc89fd49a98ce7367bc4a26'
   checksumType  = 'sha256' 
   silentArgs    = "/qn /norestart /l*v `"$($env:TEMP)\$($Env:chocolateyPackageName).$($env:chocolateyPackageVersion).MsiInstall.log`" "
   validExitCodes= @(0, 3010, 1641)

Install-ChocolateyPackage @packageArgs

Log in or click on link to see number of positives.

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.

Add to Builder Version Downloads Last Updated Status
Nessus Agent 10.6.2 2875 Monday, April 22, 2024 Approved
Nessus Agent 10.6.1 892 Wednesday, April 10, 2024 Approved
Nessus Agent 10.6.0 3161 Thursday, April 4, 2024 Approved
Nessus Agent 10.5.1 2722 Monday, January 15, 2024 Approved
Nessus Agent 10.5.0 1265 Monday, December 18, 2023 Approved
Nessus Agent 10.4.4 1228 Wednesday, November 22, 2023 Approved
Nessus Agent 10.4.3 1124 Tuesday, November 7, 2023 Approved
Nessus Agent 10.4.2 3202 Friday, August 25, 2023 Approved
Nessus Agent 10.4.1 2108 Tuesday, July 11, 2023 Approved
Nessus Agent 10.4.0 3888 Sunday, April 30, 2023 Approved
Nessus Agent 10.3.2 14388 Monday, March 13, 2023 Approved
Nessus Agent 10.3.1 1925 Friday, December 16, 2022 Approved
Nessus Agent 10.3.0 1002 Wednesday, November 23, 2022 Approved
Nessus Agent 3086 Thursday, November 10, 2022 Approved
Nessus Agent 10.2.1 1738 Thursday, November 3, 2022 Approved
Nessus Agent 10.2.0 19322 Saturday, August 6, 2022 Approved
Nessus Agent 10.1.4 3369 Friday, June 24, 2022 Approved
Nessus Agent 10.1.3 155022 Tuesday, April 19, 2022 Approved
Nessus Agent 10.1.2 94851 Tuesday, March 8, 2022 Approved
Nessus Agent 10.1.1 52324 Tuesday, February 15, 2022 Approved
Nessus Agent 10.0.1 129328 Wednesday, December 29, 2021 Approved
Nessus Agent 10.0.0 6411 Friday, November 19, 2021 Approved
Nessus Agent 8.3.1 39565 Wednesday, September 8, 2021 Approved
Nessus Agent 8.3.0 149564 Monday, July 12, 2021 Approved
Nessus Agent 8.2.4 147965 Sunday, April 18, 2021 Approved
Nessus Agent 8.2.3 267 Monday, March 22, 2021 Approved
Nessus Agent 8.2.2 8795 Tuesday, January 26, 2021 Approved

This package has no dependencies.

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