How do I use Acunetix on a host other than localhost?

By default, Acunetix (on premise) will install and configure itself to run on localhost, port 3443. This configuration is suitable if you are using Acunetix on your own, however, you will need to adjust this default configuration if you intend on using Acunetix organization-wide.

Fortunately, it’s easy to configure Acunetix to be accessible from another IP address or Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN), as well as from another port.

During the setup process, you can tick the Allow remote access to Acunetix checkbox to expose options which allow you to customize the hostname or IP address you would like Acunetix to use. If you have already installed Acunetix, simply rerun the setup, you will not lose data or settings you have customized.

Allow Remote Access to Acunetix

Setting-up a Firewall Rule

We will also need to set-up a Windows Firewall Inbound Rule to allow HTTP traffic in on the port we chose (443 in this case). For additional information on Windows Firewall Rules, refer to Microsoft’s documentation.

Setting-up a Firewall Rule

Provided the Acunetix certificate authority certificate is installed on the computer accessing Acunetix, that’s all there is to it. You can now access Acunetix with the newly configured IP address or FQDN.

Acunetix with the newly configured IP

Provided the Acunetix certificate authority certificate is installed on the computer accessing Acunetix, that’s all there is to it. You can now access Acunetix with the newly configured IP address or FQDN.

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