How To Install Hiawatha Web Server on Ubuntu 16.04

Install Hiawatha Web Server on Ubuntu 16.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configuration of Hiawatha web server on your Ubuntu 16.04 server. For those of you who didn’t know, Hiawatha is a web server built with the focus on security. It has built-in rules that can prevent cross-site scripting and forgery, SQL injections, and resource expenditure. Although its focus is on security, it also excels in performance due to its lightweight design. When combining the Hiawatha webserver with PHP-FPM and MySQL, you can have a powerful web server that is both light-weight and secure.

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 through the step by step installation Hiawatha on a Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) server.

Hiawatha Features

  • CGI and load balancing FastCGI support
  • Large file support
  • Reverse proxy functionality
  • Chroot support
  • URL toolkit which supports URL rewriting
  • SSL and TLS support
  • Basic and Digest HTTP authentication
  • Upload speed control by traffic shaping
  • Internal file caching
  • IPv6 support
  • HTTP compression using gzip
  • Virtual hosting
  • Support for WebDAV applications
  • Support for Server Name Indication included in v8.6

Install Hiawatha Web Server on Ubuntu 16.04

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running these following apt-get commands in the terminal.

Step 2. Installing Hiawatha Web Server.

First, get and install the repository’s public key:

Add the following to sources.list:

Install Hiawatha with the following command:

Start Hiawatha and add it to automatically start on your system start-up using:

You can verify that Hiawatha web server is really running by opening your favourite web browser and entering the URL http://your-server’s-address if it is installed, then you will see this:

Install Hiawatha Web Server on Ubuntu 16.04
Hiawatha Default Page

Using the default settings, you can put your web content in the following directory:

For any configuration changes that you may want to make, you can go to the following directory:

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Hiawatha. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Hiawatha web server in Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) LTS systems. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Hiawatha website.

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