How To Install Cherokee Web Server on CentOS 6


For those of you who didn’t know, Cherokee is an free and open source high-performance web server. It is very fast, flexible and easy to configure. It offers support for the widespread technologies nowadays: FastCGI, SCGI, PHP, CGI, SSI, TLS and SSL encrypted connections, Virtual hosts, Authentication, on the fly encoding, Load Balancing, Apache compatible log files, Data Base Balancer, downtime-free updates and upgrades, Reverse HTTP Proxy, and much more. The best thing about Cherokee is that unlike Apache or Nginx, Cherokee can be administered completely through it’s admin web interface

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple. I will show you through the step by step installation cherokee on centos 6.

Step 1. First, you need to enable EPEL repository on your system.

Step 2. Installing Cherokee Web Server using Yum.

Start webserver and make it to start automatically on every reboot:

Step 3. Configuring Cherokee web server.

The best part about using Cherokee Web Server is being able to manage all of its configurations through a simple to use web interface.  It can be started through the cherokee-admin command:

By default, cherokee-admin can only accessed from localhost. If you need to access  the admin for other network address using the parameter ‘-b’. If you doesn’t mention any ip address, it will automatically listen to all network interfaces. Then you can connect to cherokee-admin from other network address.

Access cherokee admin from specific network address:

Important: The password is for one time use only. If you need to login again, you should use the same command for generating it.

Step 4. Now access Cherokee-Admin by navigating your browser to Type user name and password for accessing it.


Congratulation’s! You have successfully installed Cherokee. Thanks for using this tutorial for installting cherokee web server on CentOS 6 systems.

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