How To Install FreeIPA on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Install FreeIPA on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install FreeIPA on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, FreeIPA is an open-source identity management system for Linux/Unix environments that provides centralized account management and authentication, like Microsoft Active Directory or LDAP.

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 FreeIPA open source identity management system on an Ubuntu 18.04 (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 FreeIPA 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 FreeIPA on Ubuntu 18.04.

The first thing that we are going to do is to prepare the Ubuntu 18.04 server to run FreeIPA. In order to do this, we are going to set the IP address on the system, In our case, the host IP is

### nano /etc/hosts

Next, Install the package dependencies required for our setup with the following commands if they are not already installed:


Then, install FreeIPA using the following command:

apt-get install freeipa-server freeipa-server-dns

After the FreeIPA installation, authenticate to the Kerberos realm to ensure that the administrator is configured correctly:

​​kinit admin

Ensure the following ports are opened in the security group of the FreeIPA Server:

  • 80,443
  • TCP 88,464
  • LDAP 389

Step 3. Accessing FreeIPA.

FreeIPA will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to https://ipa.idroot.local/ and complete the required steps to finish the installation.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed FreeIPA. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing FreeIPA open source identity management system on your Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official FreeIPA website.

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