How To Install OpenLiteSpeed on Debian 11

Install OpenLiteSpeed on Debian 11

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install OpenLiteSpeed on Debian 11. For those of you who didn’t know, OpenLiteSpeed is a fast open-source web server application that comes with a built-in fast PHP module. One of the main advantages of LiteSpeed is that it can handle more than a hundred thousand concurrent connections with low resource usage (CPU and RAM). OpenLiteSpeed also provides a web-based user interface to manage web servers from the web browser.

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 OpenLiteSpeed web server on a Debian 11 (Bullseye).


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Debian 10 or Debian 11.
  • 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 OpenLiteSpeed on Debian 11 Bullseye

Step 1. Before we install any software, it’s important to make sure your system is up to date by running the following apt commands in the terminal:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing OpenLiteSpeed on Debian 11.

By default, OpenLiteSpeed is available on Debian 11 base repository. So, now run the following command below to add the OpenLiteSpeed repository to your Debian system:

wget -O - | sudo bash

Then, update your APT package and install OpenLiteSpeed using the following command below:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install openlitespeed

Once the installation is complete, now enable OpenLiteSpeed (to start automatically upon system boot), start the webserver, and verify the status using the commands below:

sudo systemctl start lshttpd
sudo systemctl enable lshttpd
sudo systemctl status lshttpd

Step 3. Configure OpenLiteSpeed.

The default password for OpenLiteSpeed is 123456. You should change the password to something more secure at the very least before you complete the installation process. You can do it with the following command:

sudo /usr/local/lsws/admin/misc/


Please specify the user name of administrator.
This is the user name required to login the administration Web interface.

User name [admin]: idroot

Please specify the administrator's password.
This is the password required to login the administration Web interface.

Password: Enter Password Here
Retype password: Re-Enter Password Here
Administrator's username/password is updated successfully!

Step 4. Configure Firewall.

By default, the UFW firewall is enabled on Debian. Depending on your Apache virtual host configuration file, open ports 80 and 443 to allow HTTP and HTTPS traffic:

sudo ufw allow 8088/tcp
sudo ufw allow 7080/tcp
sudo ufw reload

Step 5. Accessing OpenLiteSpeed Web Interface.

Once successfully installed, open your web browser and access the OpenLiteSpeed using the URL http://your-IP-address:7080. You will be redirected to the OpenLiteSpeed interface page:

Install OpenLiteSpeed on Debian 11 Bullseye

Provide the login credentials set above and proceed to the OpenLiteSpeed dashboard.

Install OpenLiteSpeed on Debian 11 Bullseye

Congratulations! You have successfully installed OpenLiteSpeed. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the latest version of the OpenLiteSpeed web server on Debian 11 Bullseye. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official OpenLiteSpeed 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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