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How To Install HAproxy on Debian 12

Install HAproxy on Debian 12

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install HAproxy on Debian 12. HAProxy, an acronym for High Availability Proxy, is a popular open-source load balancer and proxy server for TCP and HTTP-based applications. It’s particularly suited for high-traffic websites and is often deployed by default in cloud platforms.

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 HAproxy TCP/HTTP load balancer on a Debian 12 (Bookworm).


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Debian 12 (Bookworm).
  • 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).
  • An active internet connection. You’ll need an internet connection to download the necessary packages and dependencies for HAproxy.
  • A user account with sudo privileges to execute administrative commands.

Install HAproxy on Debian 12 Bookworm

Step 1. Start by updating your system’s package list to ensure you have the latest versions of the required software. Run the following command:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing HAproxy on Debian 12.

Debian’s default repositories include HAProxy, allowing for straightforward installation. Use the following command to install HAProxy:

sudo apt install haproxy

Confirm that HAProxy is installed correctly by checking its version with the following command:

haproxy -v

Step 3. Configuration HAProxy.

After installing HAProxy, the next step is to configure it to suit your specific load balancing or proxying needs.

  • Basic Configuration

Edit the HAProxy configuration file located at /etc/haproxy/haproxy.cfg using your preferred text editor. This file guides the behavior of your HAProxy load balancer and defines how client requests are received and routed to your backend servers.

Here’s a basic configuration example:

    log /dev/log    local0
    log /dev/log    local1 notice
    chroot /var/lib/haproxy
    stats socket /run/haproxy/admin.sock mode 660 level admin expose-fd listeners
    stats timeout 30s
    user haproxy
    group haproxy

    log     global
    mode    http
    option  httplog
    option  dontlognull
    timeout connect 5000
    timeout client  50000
    timeout server  50000
    errorfile 400 /etc/haproxy/errors/400.http
    errorfile 403 /etc/haproxy/errors/403.http
    errorfile 408 /etc/haproxy/errors/408.http
    errorfile 500 /etc/haproxy/errors/500.http
    errorfile 502 /etc/haproxy/errors/502.http
    errorfile 503 /etc/haproxy/errors/503.http
    errorfile 504 /etc/haproxy/errors/504.http

frontend http_front
   bind *:80
   stats uri /haproxy?stats
   default_backend http_back

backend http_back
   balance roundrobin
   server server1 check
   server server2 check

This configuration directs traffic on port 80 to the backend servers in a round-robin fashion. The stats uri line enables HAProxy statistics to report at the given URI.

After configuring HAProxy, start the service and enable it to run on boot with the following commands:

sudo systemctl start haproxy
sudo systemctl enable haproxy

Step 4. Access the HAProxy Statistics Page.

Now, you can access the HAProxy statistics page by navigating to http://your_server_ip:9000/haproxy?stats in your web browser. Replace your_server_ip with the IP address of your HAProxy server.

Install HAproxy on Debian 12 Bookworm

Step 5. Troubleshooting.

If you encounter issues with HAProxy, there are several tools at your disposal. To troubleshoot HAProxy configuration issues, use the haproxy -c command. This tool will parse your HAProxy files and detect any errors or missing settings before attempting to start the service:

haproxy -c -f /etc/haproxy/haproxy.cfg

For in-depth troubleshooting, examining HAProxy’s log files will usually indicate a specific error, with helpful diagnostic messages and error codes.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed HAproxy. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the latest version of HAproxy on Debian 12 Bookworm. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you 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, 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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