Jack Wallen demonstrates how to install the latest version of the powerful web-based administration tool Webmin for Linux.
Webmin has been around for a very long time and has proven time and time again how reliable, user-friendly and powerful it is. Recently, the developers released the milestone 2.0 for the software. While some may believe this is a major release, it is more of an incremental leap from 1.x. That doesn’t mean there aren’t new features and fixes. This new version includes things like:
- Apply strict HTTP transport security rules in SSL-enabled mode.
- Better redirects from HTTP to HTTPS when SSL is enabled.
- Support for installing multiple versions of Webmin (only available on systemd-based systems).
- AMD CPU temperature reading support.
- Improved support for minor Webmin upgrades.
- Added support for Linux Mint.
- Authentic theme update 20.00.
- Improved restart for dependent services on firewall restart.
I want to show you how to install Webmin on Linux. I’ll be demonstrating on Ubuntu Server 22.04 so you can see how easy it is to get this handy administration platform up and running.
What you will need to install Webmin 2.0
The only things you’ll need for this to work are a running instance of Ubuntu Server 22.04 and a user with sudo privileges. That’s it…let’s get to work.
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How to install Webmin 2.0
You won’t find Webmin 2.0 in your default repositories. Instead, you’ll need to download the installer and run it manually. First, login to the Ubuntu server instance and using wget download the file with the command:
Once the file download is complete, run the first installation command with:
sudo dpkg -i webmin_2.000_all.deb
This installation will exit with an error. This is good because the apt-get package manager is exceptional at fixing such problems. To resolve the issues, run the command:
sudo apt-get install -f
The above command will download and install the unsatisfied dependencies that the dpkg command cannot handle.
How to access Webmin
After apt-get fixes the installation, open a web browser and point it to
https://SERVER:10000, where SERVER is the IP address of the hosting machine. You will be greeted by the Webmin login window (Figure A).
Log in with a user that has sudo privileges and you’ll be in the Webmin 2.0 dashboard (Figure B).
And that’s all you need to install Webmin 2.0 on Ubuntu Server 22.04. If you’ve never encountered Webmin before, you’re in for a treat, as this web-based administration console can help you make your Linux administration tasks simpler and more efficient.
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