How To Install Cockpit on CentOS 8

Install Cockpit on CentOS 8

In this tutorial we will show you how to install Cockpit on your CentOS 8. For those of you who didn’t know, Cockpit is a free and open source server management software that makes us easy to administer our GNU/Linux servers via its beautiful web interface frontend. Using this application, anyone can easily administer multiple remote headless servers on the go. Don’t compare it with advanced server management tools like Webmin or anything, Cockpit is just a beginner friendly server management interface tool for managing the remote servers, not to manage the remote server’s applications.

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 through the step by step installation Cockpit on a CentOS 8 server.

Install Cockpit on CentOS 8

Step 1. First let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.

sudo dnf update

Step 2. Installing Cockpit on CentOS.

Install Cockpit using the following dnf command:

dnf install cockpit

Once installing Cockpit on your system, run the following command to enable and start cockpit service:

systemctl start cockpit.socket
systemctl enable cockpit.socket

Step 3. Configure Firewall for Cockpit.

Allow Cockpit ports in OS firewall using following command:

firewall-cmd --permanent --add-service=cockpit
firewall-cmd --reload

Step 4. Accessing Cockpit Web Interface.

Cockpit will be available on HTTP port 9090 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to or http://server-ip:9090 and complete the required the steps to finish the installation. We’ll be asked to enter the login details in order to enter into the dashboard. Here, the username and password is the same as that of the login details we use to login to our Linux server.

Congratulation’s! You have successfully installed Cockpit. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Cockpit content management system on your CentOS 8 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Cockpit website.

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