How to merge multiple (dot) Nessus 5 XML files into a single report.


On a recent engagement I needed to merge several Nessus files into a single main file for easier reporting and data mining. I was able to find a few general instructions on the Tenable site, however none of them worked as stated. I wanted to do a quick write-up on how to perform the merge in case someone else runs into this down the road. I also made this write-up using a simple command to merge the files together. I found it impossible to copy/paste the data from one file to another after about 35000 lines of XML have been reached.

All Nessus scan files are comprised of XML data. You can open and edit these files easily in just about any text editor. I do not recommend using notepad as it will typically bunch everything together and be hard to work with. I like to use Notepad++. If you do not have it installed already you can find it here:

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