Nessus Documentation

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Tenable publishes details of new product features and technical specifications through the systematic update of Nessus documentation. As a service to our international customers, Nessus documentation is also made available in German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Japanese.


  • Nessus 6.4 Installation and Configuration Guide

    The installation, operation, and configuration of Nessus Professional, Nessus Manager, Nessus Agents, and Nessus Cloud. (Last Updated June 30, 2015.)

  • Nessus 6.4 User Guide

    Describes how to configure and operate the Nessus User Interface for Nessus Professional, Nessus Manager, Nessus Agents, and Nessus Cloud. (Last Updated June 30, 2015.)

  • Nessus 6.4 Command Line Reference

    Describes the command line tools of Tenable Network Security's Nessus 6.4 vulnerability scanner. (Last Updated June 30, 2015.)

  • Nessus Enterprise for Amazon Web Services (AWS) Installation and Configuration Guide

    Describes how to use Tenable Network Security’s Nessus Enterprise for AWS (Amazon Web Services). (Last Updated July 16, 2014.)

  • Nessus v6 SCAP Assessments

    Describes how to use Tenable's Nessus to generate SCAP content audits as well as view and export the scan results. (Last Updated November 18, 2014.)

  • Nessus and Antivirus

    Outlines how several popular security software packages interact with Nessus, and provides tips or workarounds to allow the software to better co-exist without compromising your security or hindering your vulnerability scanning efforts. (Last Updated January 31, 2014.)

  • Comprehensive Malware Detection with SecurityCenter Continuous View and Nessus

    Describes how Tenable's SecurityCenter CV can detect a variety of malicious software and identify and determine the extent of malware infections. (Last Updated February 3, 2015.)

  • Nessus Compliance Checks

    This paper discusses what sort of configuration parameters and sensitive data can be audited, how to configure Nessus to perform these audits and how Tenable's SecurityCenter can be used to manage and automate this process. There is also information on how to use the various tools available to create audit policies. (Last Updated June 17, 2015.)

  • Nessus Compliance Checks Reference

    This paper discusses the Nessus compliance language syntax and provides examples for those wishing to write their own audit files. (Last Updated June 17, 2015.)

  • Tenable Products Plugin Families

    This document provides a description and summary of the plugin families for Nessus, Log Correlation Engine, and the Passive Vulnerability Scanner. (Last updated October 3, 2013.)

  • Nessus 5.0 REST Protocol Specification

    This document describes the REST protocol and interface in Nessus 5.0. (Last Updated May 13, 2014.)

  • Nessus v2 File Format

    This document explains how the .nessus v2 file format (which is XML-based) is set up and can help you process .nessus v2 files with your own tools. (Last Updated October 15, 2013.)

  • Tenable Appliance 3.5 Guide

    This document describes the installation, operation, and configuration of the Tenable Appliance 3.5. (Last Updated June 12, 2015.)