Installing Acunetix

Minimum System Requirements

  • Supported Operating systems
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 or Windows 2012 R2 and later
  • Ubuntu Desktop/Server 16.0.4 LTS or higher
  • Suse Linux Enterprise Server 15
  • openSUSE Leap 15.0 and 15.1
  • Kali Linux versions 2019.1 and 2020.1
  • CentOS 8 Server and Workstation (with SELinux disabled)
  • RedHat 8 (with SELinux disabled)
  • We are actively testing other Linux distributions. Please let us know if you have requests for specific distros.
  • CPU: 64 bit processor
  • System memory: minimum of 2 GB RAM
  • Storage: 1 GB of available hard-disk space.
    This does not include the storage required to save the scan results - this will depend on the level of usage of Acunetix.

Supported Browsers

The Acunetix User Interface is delivered through a web server. The supported browsers are:

  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • Edge
  • Safari

If you encounter browser-related issues, please first ensure that you are running the latest version of one of the supported browsers before contacting support.

Installation on Windows

  1. Download the latest Windows version of Acunetix from the download location provided when you purchased the license.
  2. Double click the installation file to launch the Acunetix installation wizard and click Next when prompted.
  3. Review and accept the License Agreement.
  4. Provide credentials for the Administrative user account. These will be used to access and configure Acunetix.
  5. Configure how the Acunetix Web UI is accessed, and if remote UI access is allowed.
  6. Review the installation tasks, and click Install to start the installation.
  7. Setup will now copy all files and install the Acunetix services.
  8. Click Finish when ready.

Installation on Linux

  1. Download the latest Linux version of Acunetix from the download location provided when you purchased the license.
  2. Open a Terminal Window
  3. Use chmod to add executable permissions on the installation file
    E.g. chmod +x
  4. Run the installation
  5. E.g. sudo ./
  6. In case there are dependencies missing see the Notes section
  7. Review and accept the License Agreement.
  8. Configure the hostname which will be used to access the Acunetix UI
  9. Provide credentials for the Administrative user account. These will be used to access and configure Acunetix.
  10. Proceed with the installation.


SeLinux on Centos 8 or RedHat 8

SeLinux needs to be disabled if you are installing Acunetix on Centos 8 or RedHat 8.

  • To disable SeLinux temporarily, open a Terminal window and run the following:
  • sudo setenforce 0
  • To disable SeLinux permanently:
  • open a Terminal window
  • run the command "sudo nano /etc/selinux/config"
  • find the line that sets the "SELINUX" parameter and change the line to read "SELINUX=disabled"
  • save the amended "/etc/selinux/config" file
  • reboot the machine

Installing on Linux without GUI

The following need to be installed if you are installing Acunetix on Linux where the Linux GUI is not installed.

  • On Ubuntu Server:
    sudo apt-get install libxdamage1 libgtk-3-0 libasound2 libnss3 libxss1
  • On Suse Linux Enterprise Server or OpenSUSE Leap:
    sudo zypper install libXdamage1 libgtk-3-0 libasound2 mozilla-nss libX11-xcb1 libXss1
  • On Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 or Centos 8:

sudo dnf update

sudo dnf install libX11 libX11-devel gtk3 nss libXScrnSaver alsa-lib bzip2

Activating your Acunetix Installation

After the installation, Acunetix needs to be activated using your license key. This can be done by logging into Acunetix using the web UI, which by default is running on https://localhost:3443. You will immediately be directed to the User Profile page, where you will need to update your contact details. Insert your License key and proceed with product activation.

At this stage, you can also choose to register your installation with the AcuMonitor service. AcuMonitor is used to detect certain types of vulnerabilities, such Blind XSS, SSRF, XXE and other out of band vulnerabilities which can only be detected using an intermediary service. More information on AcuMonitor can be found at

Product activation requires a connection to the internet.

Enabling Additional Scanning Technologies

You can enable additional scanning tools to achieve a more thorough evaluation of your Targets.

Installing AcuSensor in your web application

If you need to scan a .NET, JAVA or PHP web application, you should install Acunetix AcuSensor on your web application in order to improve the detection of vulnerabilities, get the line in the source code where vulnerabilities are located and decrease false positives.

Installing Network Scanning (OpenVAS)

Acunetix can be configured to use OpenVAS to perform network scans of the Targets configured in Acunetix.

Installing Malware Scanning

Acunetix can work in conjunction with AntiVirus engines to check for malware on your site. The default engine used is the Windows Defender AntiVirus service, with ClamAV being a viable alternative.

Upgrading Acunetix

To upgrade from the Windows version of Acunetix version 12 to Acunetix version 13:

  1. Close all instances of Acunetix (and related utilities such as the Login Sequence Recorder)
  2. Optionally backup the Acunetix data folder which includes the Acunetix database and other settings. These are all found in <C:\ProgramData\Acunetix>
  3. You can run the Acunetix 13 installation on the machine running Acunetix 12. The installation will detect the older version, and will proceed with upgrading it to the latest version. All your settings will be retained.


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