Acunetix Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives


All-in-one automated web application security solution

4.47/5 (32 reviews)

Acunetix overview

What is Acunetix?

Acunetix is a cyber security and web vulnerability scanner solution offering automatic web security testing technology that enables organizations to scan and audit complex, authenticated, HTML5 and JavaScript-heavy websites. Acunetix provides the ability to detect over 6,500 web vulnerabilities such as XSS, XXE, SSRF, SQL Injection, host header injection, and more, which can compromise the company’s website and data.

Acunetix’s vulnerability scanner helps accurately detect critical web application vulnerabilities, including open-source software and custom-built applications. The solution’s innovative technologies include DeepScan, which enables the crawling of AJAX-heavy client-side SPAs (single page applications), AcuSensor, which combines black box scanning techniques with feedback from sensors placed in the source code, as well as SQL injection and cross-site scripting testing. Acunetix also has the ability to scan WordPress installations for over 1000 known vulnerabilities in the platform’s core, plugins, and themes, while the login sequence recorder tool automates the scanning of complex password protected areas.

A combination of black-box and white-box testing helps enhance a scan’s detection rate, and helps reduce false positive rates, along with the automatic verification of several high-severity vulnerabilities. Line of code visibility indicates which is the vulnerable line of code, pinpointing what needs to be fixed, and where. Acunetix also scans perimeter network services to help avoid any data breaches, and tests networks for vulnerabilities and misconfigurations. Advanced features include manual penetration testing tools, automatic web application firewall (WAF) configuration, and a REST API to integrate Acunetix into other custom workflows and processes.


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United States, Canada, Australia, India, Japan and 3 other markets, Germany, Brazil, Mexico

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Acunetix user reviews

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Will Emmerson

A well priced, cloud based vulnerability scanner

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-01-21
Review Source: Capterra

I can schedule daily, weekly or monthly scans of targets which checks for vulnerabilities in our cloud infrastructure from one control panel. The ability to send different types of reports to various parties, for example a 'Board level' report or 'Developer' report is handy for tailoring content to the audience.

It perhaps could be improved by adding a section for commenting on how a vulnerability was fixed and a link to a relevant URL to confirm this. Pricing is good for a small amount of targets, but quickly becomes expensive for multiple target locations.

Response from Acunetix

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Juho Walsh

The guarantee of safety

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2019-03-11
Review Source: Capterra

The only thing about using the Acunetix is takin it seriously and really use the instructions it gives you. The reporting system sends the instructions of providing complete security to your documents and all you have to do is to follow those instructions.

The unique thing about the program which makes it distinguish among the many other programs of this type is the security system. Overtime you add a document to your profile the program analyzes the risks of the document to be stolen and creates a kind of the special defense for this particular document. This way, the program not only provides the user with the incredibly convenient service and saves his or her time, but also prevents from losing money and getting stressed. It is hard to imagine a scanner to be that universal. The Acunetix can easily cope with documents of any format and keeps everything you are working with really secure so that the really important documents or the catching fire ideas are totally under your control, there is no need to worry.

The only inconvenient thing about the Acunetix is something the people call «Overprotection». Once you are signed in the security system is on and covers not only the documents dowloaded to the program, but it also washes every activity you might possibly do in the Internet and regularly sends you the warning alerts about the unsecured websites.

Response from Acunetix

Thank you for your review. Your feedback is very important to us.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Ok tool, but fix your business model and add more settings to the interface

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-08-17
Review Source: Capterra

Continuation of the cons section (number of chars was limited). * Settings are sometimes unclear, an info icon with a popup would be nice. Example 1: In the "Site Structure" of a scan it is possible to press "exclude", does it exlude the path from futre scans? If so why don't I see anything in the target settings? Or does "exlude" exclude vulnerabilities from the report? BTW after pressing exlude I'm not able to "include" it again. Example 2: "scan speed", how many threads per setting are we talking about? * Would definitly like to get some more feedback from scans directly in the interface, what is it doing, why did it fail, did all the "allowed hosts" got scanned etc. I know you can debug a target, but this is not what I mean.

* The number of checks that take place. * The quality of the issues found. * After years it is finally possible to pause a scan, hallelujah.

* As a pentester I absolutely miss a more flexible way to configure settings like it was possible in v10. The interface is built as "point a shoot", idiot proof. Currently, If I want to configure things I need to change xml config files on the server and reload acunetix... * After the release of v12 we were called by a sales agent as we suddently couldn't add targets anymore. The license model suddenly changed completely. The entire business model is now based on scanning an applications continuously over the year. However, as a pentesting business for we mostly scan apps just 1 time for our security assessments. It absolutely makes no sense to apply the same costs! Just like Netsparker, acunetix should have plans for pentesters and consultants. * Scanning an app that spans multiple domains always results in problems. Currently you have the "Allowed hosts" settings which is crappy in setting up. I need to set all (sub) domains to a different target. And ofcourse with the current business model you are charged per target, lol.

Response from Acunetix

Thank you for your honest feedback:

As you rightly say, we try to keep an easy to use interface, with the intention of automatically detecting the best way to scan the site. There are some settings which are not used by most of our customers, and which can be manually tweaked from the settings file.

I think you might have missed the little help icon at the top right corner of the Acunetix interface. When clicked, this provides help on the settings loaded in the current page. But to answer your queries:

Example 1 - When you Exclude a path from the Site Structure, the exclusion will be stored with the Target, and will affect subsequent scans. You can delete the exclusion from the Target settings.

Example 2: this is explained on our website at I have forwarded your comment about the scan feedback to the product team.

Regarding licensing, I would suggest that you get in touch with our sales team, who can work

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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Best Web assessment tool

Used monthly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-09-27
Review Source: Capterra

Acunetix is quite a strong tool for web assessments even though it did not support other types of assessments. Both on prem and cloud scanners are available. Less false positives compared to other tools and price is a bit expensive. Lots of options available to download reports. Overall its a good tool for web assessment.

User-friendly simple graphical interface with point and shoot approach makes the assessment conducting easy even for non-technical people. Provide detailed vulnerability assessment reports with testing examples. It provides reports for developers for developing options and reports can be generated according to the required compliance standard like

Acunetix doesn’t provide comprehensive CSV format downloads. Provided CSV files format needs to improve. Accunetix currently supports only web assessment. It can.not be used as all in one tool. Recently they have changed their licensing method and price is quite expensive compared to other tools.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Simple, but very powerful web vunlerability scanner

Used weekly for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2018-08-13
Review Source: Capterra

Good thing for a web application pentesting, can give You insight of a present vulnerabilities. Would recommend using in tandem with infrastructure scanner (like Nessus) to create a complete testing solution. Also presence of continous scanning and scheduler could be used for a regular security assesment of Your web applications.

Ease of use, good customer support, very insightful reports (especially Developer raport), good vulnerability management. Also continous scanning option is an interesting thing for having continous security awareness of Your vulnerability level. Also login sequence recorder is an awesome tool.

Not a lot of scan options to configure - especially in comparison to Nessus - every check is done in default, You can't choose specifically which test is done in selected scan, only the type of scan (full, high-risk vulnerabilities, xss, sqli, weak passwords, crawl only ) or technology in which the scanned web app is written.

Response from Acunetix

Thank you for your feedback ¿ we¿re glad that Acuneix is working for you.

Regarding your comment about choosing what to scan for ¿ you can already do this in Acunetix, although the feature is slightly hidden away in Settings > Scan Types. Here you can create your own custom Scan Types, and you will be able to choose which vulnerabilities to check for. When creating a new custom Scan Type, you can filter the vulnerability checks from the top right hand corner of the page.

Remember that you can also easily retest for a specific vulnerability identified in a previous scan.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Acunetix features

Activity Dashboard
Compliance Management
Risk Alerts
Third Party Integration

Access Control (128 other apps)
Activity Tracking (63 other apps)
Alerts / Escalation (71 other apps)
Authentication (80 other apps)
Monitoring (141 other apps)
Password Management (67 other apps)
Policy Management (82 other apps)
Real Time Monitoring (84 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (107 other apps)
Secure Data Storage (78 other apps)
Security Auditing (61 other apps)
Single Sign On (64 other apps)
Two-Factor Authentication (66 other apps)
Vulnerability Scanning (63 other apps)

Security and privacy


Encryption of sensitive data at rest
HTTPS for all pages

Access control

Multi-factor authentication options
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Videos and tutorials

Additional information for Acunetix

Key features of Acunetix

  • Prioritize & control threats
  • Vulnerability assessment
  • Risk management
  • Web scanning
  • Network scanning
  • Indepth crawl & analysis
  • WordPress checks
  • Network security
  • Continuous scanning
  • Assign target management to users
  • Compliance reports (HIPAA, PCI-DSS, ISO/IEC 27001 and more
  • User roles and privileges
  • Gray-box vulnerability testing
  • Out-of-band vulnerability testing
  • Login sequence recorder (LSR)
  • URL detection
  • Manual intervention during scan
  • Dashboard
  • Manual pen-testing tool suite
  • Scheduled scanning
  • Target groups
  • Assign target business criticality
  • Integration APIs
  • Trend graphs
  • Prioritize by business criticality
  • Issue tracking systems integration
  • Multi-user
  • Crawl and scan HTML5 websites
  • Line of code visibility
  • Automated security testing
  • Regulatory compliance reports
  • Issue trackers
  • Track progress of new features and manage deadlines
  • Scans for vulnerable WordPress Plugins & misconfigurations
  • Testing for network vulnerabilities
  • Email notifications
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Acunetix can scan HTML5 websites, SPAs & executes JavaScript, with the ability to detect over 6,500 web vulnerabilities.

Prioritize and control threats with integrated tools for vulnerability management and collaborate with the team to build and maintain an effective security program.

Acunetix offers a high detection rate of SQLi and XSS vulnerabilities including Blind XSS and DOM-based XSS with low false positives.

Detect malware URLs on websites or web applications and identify links to URLs which are being used for phishing and fraud using Acunetix's malware detection service.

Test for weak passwords, badly configured proxy servers, and other network vulnerabilities and view results or create security reports via the Acunetix online dashboard.