Install Cockpit on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Server

If you’re new to managing Ubuntu servers then Cockpit is a great tool to have… The steps below show you how to get it installed on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Servers…

Cockpit is a web based server manager tool for administrators. With Cockpit, administrators can manage Linux servers, including Ubuntu easily from a web browser and perform tasks such as starting containers, storage administration, network configuration, inspecting logs and so on… It is a fast and secure way to manage a remote Linux box at any time and anywhere…

Cockpit takes aways the complexity of managing system configuration files on Linux systems. For new users and students this tool can be very useful… It also allows you to manage user accounts, system settings, aliases and services all via a single web interface.

This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to install Cockpit on Ubuntu 16.04 to allow system administrators easy management interface.

When you’re ready to install, continue below with the steps:

Step 1: Installing Cockpit

Unlike other server management tool, Cockpit can be installed on Ubuntu with a single line command… No need to add repositories or key and jump through all the difficult tasks before installing.. Simply run the commands below to install Cockpit…

sudo update
sudo apt install cockpit

Step 2: Accessing Admin Portal

After installing Cockpit, open your web browser and browse to the IP address or server hostname followed by port 9090. This is the default port Cockpit listens on.. If you have other services listening on that port, make sure to switch to another ports..


Replace the IP address with your own..

That should bring up Cockpit admin portal where you should be able logon with your system credentials… By default the root account is disabled… so you won’t be able to logon with root… however, your Ubuntu account should work..

cockpit ubuntu install

After logging on, you can begin configuring your server easily from your browser.

cockpit ubuntu setup


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