Installing Webmin on Ubuntu 17.04 / 17.10

Webmin is a web control panel for Linux systems. It allows system administrators to administer Linux server via a simple web interface. Webmin makes managing Linux machine a breeze.

This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users an easy way to install Webmin on Ubuntu 17.04 / 17.10. This tool may be what new admins need to use to manage Linux systems. From adding new users to updating packages and performing basic administrative tasks, Webmin can help you do them it.

When you find Linux command line intimidating, follow the steps below to get Webmin installed on Ubuntu.

Step 1: Adding Webmin Repository

Before installing Webmin, you may want to first add its repository to Ubuntu. This can be done by running the commands below.

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://download.webmin.com/download/repository sarge contrib" >> /etc/apt/sources.list'

Next add the repository key to Ubuntu by running the commands below

wget -q http://www.webmin.com/jcameron-key.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -

Step 2: Installing Webmin

Now that Webmin repository and key have been added to Ubuntu, run the commands below to update and install the package

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install webmin

This this will fetch all the supported packages and install them including Webmin.

After installing, open your web browser and browse to https://ubuntu:10000/ or https://localhost:10000/

ex. https://localhost:10000

You can login as root or as a user who has administrative rights, usually the first account created after installing Ubuntu.

By default a self-signed certificate is used to provide SSL/TLS encrypted traffic. Ignore the warning and continue. If you’re bothered with the warning each time you sign on, you can use LetsEncrypt to get a free SSL/TLS certificate for the site directly from Webmin console.

Congratulations! You’ve just installed Webmin

Summary:

This brief post shows students and new users how to install Webmin on Ubuntu 17.04 / 17.10. New users will find managing Ubuntu easy with Webmin. The tool takes away Linux complicity and allow almost anyone to manage Linux like a pro.

Enjoy!

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