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This is the OpenVAS Scanner of the Greenbone Community Edition.

It is used for the Greenbone Enterprise appliances and is a full-featured scan engine that executes a continuously updated and extended feed of Vulnerability Tests (VTs).


All release files are signed with the Greenbone Community Feed integrity key. This gpg key can be downloaded at and the fingerprint is 8AE4 BE42 9B60 A59B 311C 2E73 9823 FAA6 0ED1 E580.


This module can be configured, built and installed with following commands:

cmake .
make install

For detailed installation requirements and instructions, please see the file The file also contains instructions for setting up openvas and for making the scanner available to other GVM modules.

If you are not familiar or comfortable building from source code, we recommend that you use the Greenbone Enterprise TRIAL, a prepared virtual machine with a readily available setup. Information regarding the virtual machine is available at

Rust Implementation

This repository also consists of a rust project aiming to replace the current scanner stack (openvas-scanner, ospd-openvas, notus-scanner). It simplifies the use of the scanner and centralizes everything needed for scanning. Currently it uses the openvas-scanner as scan engine.

If you want to use the docker files provided in this repository you can pull them from here. You can also locally build them using:

docker build -t <image-name> -f .docker/prod.Dockerfile .

For more information about building docker images, see official man. We also provide a fully containerized solution for the Greenbone Community Edition.

Please beware: The Greenbone Community Container are currently under development.


For any question on the usage of openvas please use the Greenbone Community Portal. If you found a problem with the software, please create an issue on GitHub. If you are a Greenbone customer you may alternatively or additionally forward your issue to the Greenbone Support Portal.


This project is maintained by Greenbone AG.


Your contributions are highly appreciated. Please create a pull request on GitHub. Remember to commit the contribution agreement as explained in RELICENSING folder with your first PR. Bigger changes should be discussed with the development team via the issues section at GitHub first.


This module is licensed under the GNU General Public License v2.0 only. Single files, however, are licensed either the GNU General Public License v2.0 only or under GNU General Public License v2.0 or later, please see the file for details.