In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Webmin on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Webmin is a free control panel for managing VPS. Webmin is a web-based interface that is used to manage the VPS web hosting server. With the help of Webmin, you can set up a user account, apache, DNS and file sharing, and other actions. Webmin is very suitable for beginners who do not know much about the Unix or Linux command line.
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 Webmin 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.
- SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
non-root sudo useror 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 Webmin 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 sudo apt install software-properties-common apt-transport-https wget
Step 2. Installing Webmin on Ubuntu 20.04.
We will install Webmin using the official repository on both Debian and non-Debian-based systems. We can install Webmin using the Webmin APT repository on Ubuntu as shown below:
sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list
# Add these lines at last deb http://download.webmin.com/download/repository sarge contrib deb http://webmin.mirror.somersettechsolutions.co.uk/repository sarge contrib # Save and exit the editor
Next, install the GPG key as shown below. We need the GPG key to trust the repository:
wget -q http://www.webmin.com/jcameron-key.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -
Now we can install the most recent version of Webmin using the following commands:
sudo apt update sudo apt install webmin
Step 3. Configure Firewall.
By default, Webmin listens for connections on port 10000 on all network interfaces. You need to open the port in your firewall so that the Webmin interface is accessible from the Internet:
sudo ufw allow 10000 sudo ufw reload
Step 3. Accessing Webmin Web Interface.
To login to Webmin’s dashboard, open up your browser and browse your server’s IP as follows:
Once the login page appears, enter credentials for the root or any other user that has
sudo privileges. Webmin uses a self-signed certificate, so you will receive a warning about the untrusted connection from your browser when you log in to the web interface. You may ignore this message, as it does not pose a security threat to you.
Congratulations! You have successfully installed Webmin. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Webmin control panel in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Webmin website.