How to Install Webmin (A Graphical Admin Tool) on Ubuntu 16.04 Server
Webmin is a free and open-source control panel for administering Unix-like servers. This tutorial will be showing you how to install Webmin on Ubuntu 16.04 server.
It gives users a graphical web-based user interface to configure common system tasks and settings. If you don’t like the idea of using command line to manage your server, then Webmin is a good graphical alternative to you.
Webmin has been around since 1997. The latest stable version available is 1.820 which was released on May 26, 2016.
How to Install Webmin on Ubuntu 16.04 From Webmin Repository
Webmin isn’t in Ubuntu software repository. It’s recommended to install Webmin from its official repository so that you can get updates via APT.
To add Webmin repository, first edit your
sources.list file with a text editor such as nano.
sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list
Add the following line at the end of the file.
deb http://download.webmin.com/download/repository sarge contrib
To save the file in nano text editor, press
CTRL+O. Then press
CTRL+X to close the file. Next, we need to download and import Webmin GPG signing key to APT keyring so that APT can verify the integrity of packages downloaded from Webmin repository.
Download the GPG signing key with the following command:
Then import it with:
sudo apt-key add jcameron-key.asc
Now we can update local package index and install Webmin.
sudo apt update sudo apt install webmin
Once installed, the Wemin server will automatically start as can be seen by running the systemctl command below:
systemctl status webmin
● webmin.service - LSB: Start or stop the Webmin server Loaded: loaded (/etc/init.d/webmin; bad; vendor preset: enabled) Active: active (running) since Sat 2016-12-24 05:47:50 EST; 37s ago Docs: man:systemd-sysv-generator(8) CGroup: /system.slice/webmin.service └─10356 /usr/bin/perl /usr/share/webmin/miniserv.pl /etc/webmin/miniserv.conf
Webmin server listens on port 10000. Now you can access the web-based control panel via
Because it’s running in https mode and using a self-signed TLS certificate, so you will be told by the browser that the connection is not secure.
But you know this is a secure connection, so simply click the Advanced tab in Firefox and add exception.
Then click Confirm Security Exception button.
And now you will be presented with Webmin login screen. You can use root or any other user accounts on your Ubuntu 16.04 system to login.
The main Webmin page shows your Ubuntu 16.04’s system information. One the left sidebar are various Webmin module that can be used to configure the system.
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