How To Install Cockpit on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Install Cockpit on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Cockpit on your Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. 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.

Cockpit features

  • Easy to use — Cockpit is ideal for new sysadmins, allowing them to easily perform simple tasks such as storage administration, inspecting journals, and stopping and starting services.
  • No interference — Jumping between the terminal and the internet tool is no problem. A service that began via Cockpit could be stopped through the terminal. If an error happens in the terminal, it can be understood from the Cockpit journal interface.
  • Multi-server — You can track and manage several servers at the same

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 Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 18.04 (Bionic Beaver).
  • 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 Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver

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. Installing Cockpit on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

The cockpit package is available in the official Ubuntu 18.04 repositories, so installing using the following command:

apt install cockpit

Cockpit-docker supports Docker management. To install use the following command:

apt install -y cockpit-docker

Step 3. Accessing to Cockpit.

The 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 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 of the login details we use to log in to our Linux server. If you are using a firewall, please open port 9090 to enable access to the control panel.

Install Cockpit on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Congratulations! You have successfully installed the Cockpit. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Cockpit in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver 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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