How To Install Cockpit on openSUSE

Install Cockpit on openSUSE

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Cockpit on openSUSE. Cockpit is a powerful, web-based graphical interface designed for administering Linux servers. It’s a free, open-source tool that offers an integrated, interactive console for managing and monitoring your server operations. With Cockpit, you can easily inspect your system’s performance, start and stop services, manage storage, network, and firewall settings, 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 Cockpit server management on openSUSE.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: openSUSE.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • You will need access to the terminal to execute commands. openSUSE provides the Terminal application for this purpose. It can be found in your Applications menu.
  • You’ll need an active internet connection to download Kodi and its dependencies.
  • You’ll need administrative (root) access or a user account with sudo privileges.

Install Cockpit on openSUSE

Step 1. Before installing any new packages on your openSUSE system, it’s a good practice to update the system packages to the latest versions. This can be done using the following command:

sudo zypper refresh
sudo zypper update

 This command updates all the packages on your system to their latest versions. If prompted, enter your password and press Y to confirm the update.

Step 2. Installing Cockpit on openSUSE.

The first step in the installation process is to install the Cockpit package. In openSUSE, we use the zypper package manager for this purpose. Open your terminal and type the following command:

zypper in cockpit

After the installation is complete, the next step is to enable the Cockpit service. Cockpit operates through a system service called cockpit.socket. We can enable and start this service using the systemctl command, which is a command-line tool for controlling the systemd system and service manager. Enter the following command in your terminal:

systemctl enable --now cockpit.socket

Step 3. Configure the Firewall.

If you have a firewall running on your openSUSE system, you need to configure it to allow traffic to the Cockpit service. By default, Cockpit uses port 9090. Use the following firewall-cmd commands to open the necessary port:

sudo firewall-cmd --permanent --zone=public --add-service=cockpit
sudo firewall-cmd --reload

Step 4. Accessing Cockpit Web UI.

With Cockpit installed and the service running, you can now access the Cockpit web interface. Open your web browser and navigate to https://your-IP-address:9090 or http://your-IP-address:9090. You’ll be greeted with a login screen. Enter your admin credentials to log in.

Once logged in, you’ll see the Cockpit dashboard. This dashboard provides a high-level overview of your system, including CPU usage, memory and disk usage, network traffic, and more. On the left-hand side, you’ll find various modules for managing different aspects of your system.

Step 5. Troubleshooting Tips.

If you encounter any issues while installing or using Cockpit, here are a few troubleshooting tips:

  • Check the status of the Cockpit service: If you’re unable to access the Cockpit web interface, check the status of the cockpit.socket service using the command systemctl status cockpit.socket.
  • Check your network connection: If you’re having trouble downloading the Cockpit package, ensure that your system has a working network connection.
  • Check your permissions: If you’re unable to execute certain commands, ensure that you have the necessary permissions. You may need to use the sudo command to execute commands as the root user.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Cockpit. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Cockpit powerful tool for managing and monitoring on your openSUSE system. For additional or useful information, we recommend you 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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