How To Install and Configure HAproxy on CentOS 6

Install and Configure HAproxy on CentOS 6

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configure HAProxy on your CentOS 6 server. For those of you who didn’t know, HAProxy is a free and open-source Linux application used for load balancing network traffic.

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 HAProxy on a CentOS 6.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: CentOS 6.
  • 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 and Configure HAproxy on CentOS 6

Step 1. First, add a yum repository to your system.

HAProxy isn’t available in the default repositories for CentOS. In order for us to be able to install it, we need to either compile it from the source (preferred) or add the EPEL repository to our server and install it using Yum.

#CentOS 6 – 32-bit
 rpm -Uvh http://mirror.overthewire.com.au/pub/epel/6/i386/epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm

#CentOS 6 – 64-bit
 rpm -Uvh http://download.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/6/x86_64/epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm

Step 2. Install and Configure HAproxy on CentOS 6.

Now we install HAProxy using yum the command:

yum install haproxy

Step 3. Configuring HAProxy.

We have to modify the configuration file of HAProxy i.e. /etc/haproxy/haproxy.cfg as per our requirement. (Change this configuration to your network requirements). For more configuration details check this url.

#nano /etc/haproxy/haproxy.cfg global

log local0
log local1 debug
maxconn 45000 # Total Max Connections. This is dependent on ulimit
user haproxy
group haproxy

timeout server 86400000
timeout connect 86400000
timeout client 86400000
timeout queue 1000s

# Configuration for HTTP site
listen http_idroot
mode http
balance roundrobin # Load Balancing algorithm
option httpchk
option forwardfor
server server1 weight 1 maxconn 512 check
server server2 weight 1 maxconn 512 check

# Configuration for HTTPS site listen  
mode tcp
balance source# Load Balancing algorithm
reqadd X-Forwarded-Proto:\ http
server server1 weight 1 maxconn 512 check
server server2 weight 1 maxconn 512 check

listen stats
mode http
option httpclose
balance roundrobin
stats uri /
stats realm Haproxy\ Statistics
stats refresh 5s
stats auth admin:passwd123

Step 4. Once you have configured HAProxy, it’s time to start the service.

service haproxy start
chkconfig haproxy on

Step 5. Now you will be able to browse your application using the IP of the HAProxy server. For the HAProxy Status dashboard, you have to browse the URL: It will ask you for the username and password. Use the username and password you defined on the configuration file as “stats auth”.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed HAProxy. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing HAProxy on CentOS 6 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official HAProxy 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 idroot.us, 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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