Webmin is a web-based system administration tool for Unix-like systems. It provides an easy alternative to command line system administration and can be used to manage various aspects of a system, such as users and services, through the use of the provided Webmin modules.
To install Webmin via apt-get, you must first add the Webmin repository to your
On your server, open the
sources list file in your favorite text editor. We will use
nano in this tutorial:
sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list
If you are prompted for a “[sudo] password”, enter your user’s password.
Ctrl-V to navigate to the end of the file, then add the following lines to the file:
deb http://download.webmin.com/download/repository sarge contrib deb http://webmin.mirror.somersettechsolutions.co.uk/repository sarge contrib
When you are finished editing, save the file by pressing
Now add the Webmin GPG key to apt, so the source repository you added will be trusted. This command will do that:
wget -q http://www.webmin.com/jcameron-key.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -
Before installing Webmin, you must update apt-get’s package lists:
sudo apt-get update
Now run this apt-get command to install Webmin:
sudo apt-get install webmin
y to confirm the installation.
After the installation is complete, the Webmin service will start automatically.
Log in to Webmin
In a web browser, access your server’s Webmin login page via its public IP address (the same IP address you used to login via SSH) on port
10000. By default, Webmin will start with SSL/TLS enabled, so you will need to use HTTPS to connect to it.
Open this URL in your web browser (substitute the IP address):
You will be prompted with a warning that says your server’s SSL certificate is not trusted. This is because Webmin automatically generates and installs an SSL certificate upon installation, and this SSL certificate was not issued by a certificate authority that is trusted by your computer. Although your computer cannot verify the validity of the certificate, you know that you are, in fact, accessing your own server. It is fine to proceed.
Instruct your web browser to trust the certificate. If you are using Chrome, for example, click the Advanced link, then click the Proceed to server_IP_address (unsafe) link. If you are using Firefox, click I Understand the Risks, then the Add Exception… button, then the Confirm Security Exception button.