KALI – How to install NESSUS on Kali – The Visual Guide

University of South Wales: Information Security & Privacy

Kali doesn’t include Nessus.  Here’s how to install it.

1. Download Nessus


32 bit or 64 bit option.

nessus 64*****

2. Install NESSUS

(32 or 64 bit version – check the package name).

dpkg -i Nessus-5.2.1-debian6_amd64.deb


nessus dpkg


/etc/init.d/nessusd start

nessus start


3. Ice Weasel

Open a browser and navigate to:


4. Enter an email to register for a plugins feed from Nessus.

Select “use at HOME” option (not work as that’s commerical).

Nessus will download the plugins (takes some time)

nessus initial2


5. Nessus Login

Use the email and password you used to register for a Nessus Feed.

nessus login

Nessus SplashScreen

nessus run

That’s it!  Nessus is installed, registered, and has a live feed.


6. Your First Home Scan

Scan Templates > + New Scan

New scan


Name = Name your  Scan

Type = Run Now (drop down options)

Policy = Internal Network Scan (drop down options)

Targets = Your Internal home…

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