How To Install Cockpit on Debian 10

Install Cockpit on Debian 10

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Cockpit on Debian 10. For those of you who didn’t know, a Cockpit is free software that delivers a web-based interface for your system admin to do tasks, such as launching containers, storage management, network setup, inspecting logs, and so forth. The Cockpit web console utilizes the same system APIs as you would in a terminal, and tasks performed in a terminal are quickly reflected in the web console. In addition, you can configure the settings directly in the web console or through the terminal.

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 Cockpit on a Debian 10 (Buster) server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Debian 10 (Buster).
  • 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 user or 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 Cockpit on Debian 10 Buster

Step 1. Before we install any software, it’s important to make sure your system is up to date by running the following apt commands in the terminal:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing Cockpit on Debian 10.

The cockpit service is included in the Debian repositories by default, run the following command to install Cockpit:

sudo apt install cockpit

Once the Cockpit is installed, start the Cockpit service and enable it to start at system reboot with the following command:

sudo systemctl start cockpit
sudo systemctl enable cockpit

Step 3. Configure Firewall.

If you have a running UFW firewall service, allow port 9090:

sudo ufw allow 9090

Step 4. Accessing to Cockpit.

After installing Cockpit, you can access you access the console by visiting your domain or IP on port 9090 which Cockpit uses. Example or http://server-ip-address:9090 and complete the required steps to finish the installation. We’ll be asked to enter the login details in order to enter them into the dashboard. Here, the username and password are the same as that the login details we use to log in to our Linux server.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed the Cockpit. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Cockpit on Debian 10 Buster system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Cockpit website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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