How To Install Cherokee Web Server on Ubuntu 14.04

Install Cherokee Web Server on Ubuntu 14.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Cherokee Web Server on Ubuntu 14.04. For those of you who didn’t know, Cherokee is a 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.

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 and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of Cherokee on Ubuntu 14.04. You can follow the same instructions for any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 14.04, and any other Debian-based distribution.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo useror access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Cherokee Web Server on Ubuntu 14.04

Step 1. First, update the Ubuntu package index.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Step 2. Enable Cherokee  PPA (Personal Package Archive) repository.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cherokee-webserver
sudo apt-get update

Step 3. Installing Cherokee Web Server using apt-get.

Enter the following command to install the Cherokee web server including Module SSL.

sudo apt-get install cherokee cherokee-doc libcherokee-mod-libssl libcherokee-mod-streaming libcherokee-mod-rrd

Start Cherokee service daemon.

service cherokee start
chkconfig cherokee on

Step 4. Configuring Cherokee.

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.

sudo cherokee-admin

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

sudo cherokee-admin -b

Access Cherokee admin from specific network address:

sudo cherokee-admin -b
#sudo cherokee-admin -b

Cherokee Web Server 1.2.103 (Dec 059 2014): Listening on port,
TLS disabled, IPv6 enabled, using epoll, 4096 fds system limit, max. 2041
connections, caching I/O, 2 threads, 1020 connections per thread, standard
scheduling policy

 User: admin
 One-time Password: idrootEMfQRznWWa6h

Web Interface:

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

Step 5. Now access Cherokee-Admin by navigating your browser to Type user name and password for accessing it.

Install Cherokee Web Server on Ubuntu 14.04

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Cherokee. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Cherokee web server on ubuntu 14.04 systems. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Cherokee website.

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