In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Cherokee Web Server on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. 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 the Cherokee Web Server on a Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) server.
- A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
- 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).
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 16.04 LTS
Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following
apt-get commands in the terminal.
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade
Step 2. Enable Cherokee PPA (Personal Package Archive) repository.
add-apt-repository ppa:cherokee-webserver apt-get update
Step 3. Installing Cherokee Web Server on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.
Install 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.
systemctl start cherokee systemctl enable cherokee
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 can only access from the 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 other network addresses.
sudo cherokee-admin -b
Access Cherokee admin from a specific network address:
sudo cherokee-admin -b 188.8.131.52
#sudo cherokee-admin -b Cherokee Web Server 1.2.103 (Dec 059 2014): Listening on port 127.0.0.1:9090, 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 Login: User: admin One-time Password: idrootEMfQRznWWa6h Web Interface: URL: http://127.0.0.1:9090/
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
http://127.0.0.1:9090. Type user name and password for accessing it.
Congratulations! You have successfully installed the Cherokee Web Server. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Cherokee Web Server on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Cherokee website.