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How To Install ISPConfig on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install ISPConfig on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install ISPConfig on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, ISPConfig is a well-known open-source web hosting control panel that allows us to manage services through a web browser. We can easily add Apache virtual host or Nginx server blocks, create/edit/delete databases, configure cron jobs, create email accounts, and many more.

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 the ISPConfig 3 open-source web hosting control panel on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • 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 ISPConfig on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

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

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Setup Hostname.

Now we check the hostname in /etc/hosts and change it when necessary:

nano /etc/hosts

Add the following line: localhost.localdomain   localhost
# This line should be changed to the correct servername: server1.idroot.us server1

# The following lines are desirable for IPv6 capable hosts
::1     localhost ip6-localhost ip6-loopback
ff02::1 ip6-allnodes
ff02::2 ip6-allrouters

Then, edit the /etc/hostname file:

nano /etc/hostname

Add the following line:


Finally, reboot the server to apply the change:


Log in again and use the following command to check if the hostname is now correct:

hostname -f


root@idroot:~$ hostname
root@idroot:~$ hostname -f

Step 3. Installing ISPConfig 3 on Ubuntu 20.04.

Now we download auto-installer ISPConfig using the following commands and execute the script installer:

wget -O - https://get.ispconfig.org | sh -s -- --help

The installer automatically configures all underlying services, so there is no manual configuration needed.

When the installer is finished it will show you the ISPConfig admin and MySQL root password like this:

[INFO] Your ISPConfig admin password is: rantyratna123
[INFO] Your MySQL root password is: kgodet82d!bmwe46

Step 4. Accessing ISPConfig Web Interface.

Once successfully installed, you can access ISPConfig under https://server1.idroot.us:8080/. Log in with the username admin and the password admin (you should change the default password after your first login):

Install ISPConfig on Ubuntu 20.04

Step 5. Configure Firewall.

Now we log in to the ISPConfig web interface and go to System -> Firewall. Then click “Add new firewall record”:

For the panel server, we must open the following ports:


Congratulations! You have successfully installed ISPConfig. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the ISPConfig 3 on your Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official ISPConfig 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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