Nessus Scanner Docker Image
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Tenable's Nessus Scanner is a vulnerability scanner that looks for known vulnerabilities, malware, configuration issues, etc. both through network inspection of hosts and through authenticated analysis of the host itself. For more information about Nessus, please consult the following links:

Build files

The github repository for the build files is located here.

Supported tags

Each image is tagged with the major, minor, and patch releases. The most current image is always tagged as "latest". For the current listing of tags, please refer to the tags tab for a current listing.


docker volume create nessus_scanner_var
docker run -dt \
    -v nessus_scanner_var:/opt/nessus/var/nessus\
    --name nessus_scanner


  • /opt/nessus/bin and /opt/nessus/sbin have been added to the system $PATH variable.
  • nessus_adduser.exp has been loaded into /usr/bin to facilitate in programmatic user creation when necessary.
  • has been loaded into /usr/bin as a wrapper to configure the Nessus daemon before launch.

Environmental Variables

One of the following MUST be set:

  • LINKING_KEY (required) - Linking key to use for linking the scanner to
  • LICENSE (required) - Activation code (if not a linked scanner)
  • SECURITYCENTER (required) - If the scanner is to be SecurityCenter linked, then simply set this variable to "Yes" instead of setting a LICENSE or LINKING_KEY variable.

The following are OPTIONAL parameters

  • SCANNER_NAME (optional) - Override the default behavior of registering with the hostname
  • MANAGER_HOST (optional) - Nessus Manager address
  • MANAGER_PORT (optional) - Nessus Manager service port
  • PROXY_HOST (optional) - Proxy address
  • PROXY_PORT (optional) - Proxy service port
  • PROXY_USER (optional) - Proxy account username
  • PROXY_PASS (optional) - Proxy account password
  • PROXY_AGENT (optional) - Proxy agent string
  • ADMIN_USER (optional) - Username for admin user creation
  • ADMIN_PASS (optional) - Password for admin user creation