Installing internal agents using Docker

Acunetix Premium+ Online lets you use internal agents to scan targets in your internal environment that are not publicly accessible from the internet or when you do not want to allow-list Acunetix cloud agents.

This article explains how to install the Acunetix internal agent using Docker Desktop.

If your internal agents require a proxy to connect to or, these parameters must be specified when installing the internal agent. For instructions, refer to Installing an internal agent with proxy settings.  

Limitations for internal agents

When the site is internal, and you prefer using internal agents for the scan, you cannot create a new Login Sequence Record (LSR) or Business Logic Record. However, you can import them. For further information about recording and downloading an LSR, refer to Using the Login Sequence Recorder.


System requirements

  • At least 2-core CPU 64bit processor
  • Dedicated memory: minimum of 2 GB RAM
  • At least 50GB of HDD

Access requirements

  • Ensure Docker Desktop is installed on your host OS by verifying with the command 'docker -v' in Terminal. If version information is displayed, you're all set. Otherwise, refer to the Docker support documentation for installation guidance.
  • Administrator privileges for command execution.
  • Acunetix System/Platform Administrator role.

Allowlisting requirements

For internal agents to work properly, you need to allowlist the following web URLs:

  • (EU-based customers:

NOTE: If you are running multiple concurrent scans with internal agents, your RAM and CPU need to be exponentially greater than the specified installation requirements.

  • Running 2 concurrent scans requires 6 GB RAM + 2-core CPU
  • Running 3 concurrent scans requires 8 GB RAM + 3-core CPU
  • Running 4 concurrent scans requires 10 GB RAM + 4-core CPU

Any additional concurrent scan requires +2 GB RAM and +1 core.

Installing an internal agent

Below is a table detailing the parameters necessary to configure a Docker container for installing an internal agent.




This indicates detached mode, allowing the container to operate in the background.


Assigns a name to the container.


Specifies the Acunetix URL.


Defines the agent name in the Acunetix UI, changeable later.

If installing multiple agent instances, assign a unique agent name for each instance. (Max 50 characters)


Obtain from Acunetix Agents menu > Agent Installation > Docker > Your registration token is displayed in Step 2: Get your token.

How to install an internal agent using Docker

  1. Log in to Acunetix and select Agents from the main menu.
  2. Click View Agent Installation Instructions.

  1. Select Docker.

  1. Enter a name for your internal agent.

  1. Copy the command from Step 3 in the Agent Installation Instructions.


  1. Open Terminal, paste, and execute the command copied from the Agent Installation Instructions.

Your internal agent is successfully installed. Access the Acunetix Agents page to view and manage your internal agents.

You can now assign targets to the installed internal agent and commence testing your website.


To troubleshoot issues, review the Docker log and host terminal. For further assistance, contact our Support team.

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