How to install aaPanel web hosting control panel on CentOS 7 or Ubuntu

aaPanel is an open-source web hosting control panel to manage hosting services such as database, websites and more, just like Webmin. Here we will see how to install and setup it on CentOS 6/7/RHEL or Ubuntu 19.04/18.04/17.04 Linux server.

Being a web-based graphical control panel for hosting, it can be easily managed from any local or remote computer just like popular Cpanel. However, indeed the features are not vast in it, yet, enough to operate and manage all things a web server required. After installing aaPanel, setting and running up a website is become very easy, with just one click we can setup LANMP/LAMP (Linux, Apache/Nginx, MySQL, PHP) for testing or developing web apps.

With the help of aaPanel, the headache of running various commands for creating databases, creating and managing of Docker, website, FTP server and Python project will not be anymore and all of them can be managed using just a few clicks of the mouse.  Let’s see a step by step tutorial to know the installation process of aaPanel on CentOS using local or remote command terminal.

Install aaPanel Linux on CentOS, Debian or Ubuntu

The steps given below to install this free and open-source web control panel on CentOS will be the same for Debian or Ubuntu Linux server/desktop operating system.

1. Login to CentOS server

The first thing is you should have root or standard user with sudo access, then only we can install anything on our CentOS server.

2.Install Wget

Although we can use curl, however, here we are using wget command, so first install that.

sudo yum install wget

3. Download the installation script of aaPanel

Now use the wget command along with the latest script available to install aaPanel.

For CentOS or Redhat 7 0r 8 Linux

wget -O install.sh http://www.aapanel.com/script/install_6.0_en.sh

For Debian or Ubuntu Linux

wget -O install.sh http://www.aapanel.com/script/install-ubuntu_6.0_en.sh

4. Run install.sh script of aaPanel Linux web control panel

Now, we have the script on our system its time to run. Type:

bash install.sh

When it says do you want to install aaPanel to /www directory now. Type Y and press the Enter button.

Login link and username password for aapanel web hosting panel

5. Login page aaPanel web control panel

After the installation completes, you will get a login link: localhost:8888/some-numbers. Also, the username and password will be there use them to get in to control panel.

aapanel Linux Panel login page

6. Install software packages for aaPanel Linux

On the Dashboard of the aaPanel web hosting, first time, it will ask you to set up between LNMP or LAMP, click the button and install the webserver environment you want. However, we can install them later from the app section of this Linux panel.

Install software you want on aapanel such as LAMP

7. Key Features, functions and screenshot of aaPanel CP

Dashboard:

On the Dashboard, we get all status of the server system where the aaPanel web control panel has been installed such as Local status, CPU usage, Memory usage and storage. Also update, Fix and Restart options on the right top side.

Dashboard web control panel

System Security:

It is a firewall of the control panel from where we can block or open ports for our server system to allow traffic.

System security options

Settings:

Enabling of SSL support, two-factor authentication via Google authenticaton, Listen IPv6, API, changing of Control panel username and password and other settings can be changed from this section.

Settings of control panel

App store:

Inclusion of major apps and plugin such as Mail server, Java, Google Drive, Python and more, really smoothen all the process graphically, we don’t need to use the command line of the server to install any of them. Everything will run in the background and what we have to do is just one click.

Apps and plugins for aapanel web control panel

Docker installation:

If you want to install Docker using aaPanel control panel, just go to the Deployment section and click on the install button. As soon as it gets installed, you will be able to create and manage Docker images. Apart from it, MongoDB, Redis and Memcached are also available.

Docker installation and mamagement

Furthermore, we can also include and access the remote server installed with aaPanel to have central management of server clusters.

Stop, Start & Restart

Stop:

service bt stop

Start:

service bt start

Restart:

service bt restart

Uninstall aaPanel web control panel

Incase in future, you want to remove the installation of the server control panel then use the below command:

sudo service bt stop && chkconfig --del bt && rm -f /etc/init.d/bt && rm -rf /www/server/panel

If above command didn’t work then use this one:

sudo bt stop &&sudo update-rc.d -f bt remove &&sudo rm -f /etc/init.d/bt &&sudo rm -rf /www/server/panel

For other aaPanel commands see its official page.

The usage and interface of this Linux Control Panel are pretty much straight forward and easy to use. But don’t expect similar services like we are getting in paid WHM Cpanel,  you can consider it an alternative to Cockpit like server management platforms but with a bunch of extra options. The thing which missed on it was the Terminal app so that I can issue command directly to the server using the GUI of this Linux web hosting panel. Nevertheless, being a free and open-source, coming at zero cost and developers hard work have to acknowledged because what they have done is really useful. And of course, you can try it rather having a sombre command-line server.


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