Setup Froxlor Host Control Panel on Ubuntu 18.04 with Nginx

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This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install Froxlor Host Control Panel on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 with Nginx HTTP server.

Our previous tutorial showed you how to run Froxlor with Apache2.

For student or new user looking for a Linux system to start learning on, the easiest place to start is Ubuntu Linux OS…. It’s a great Linux operating system for beginners.

Ubuntu is an open source Linux operating systems that runs on desktops, laptops, server and other devices…

Back to Froxlor.

Froxlor is free, simple and lightweight server control software that you can use to manage your servers in a web hosting environments from which you can manage and control domains, SSL, MySQL databases and other web hosting features from a simple web interface.

Froxlor which also runs on low resource servers right out of the box. With its auto installer, you’re able to install multiple apps with one click.

If you need a next generation hosting control platform that is built for speed, security and stability, then you may want to give Froxlor host control platform a try.

These are some of the features that come with Froxlor: WEB domains, DNS domains, MAIL domains, Databases, CRON, User Directories and more.

For more about Froxlor, please visit its homepage.When you’re ready to install Froxlor, continue with the steps below:

Step 0: Configure Ubuntu Local Host Domain

Before installing Froxlor, you will want to setup Ubuntu local domain on the server. Do do that, run the commands below to open the Ubuntu local hosts file.

sudo nano /etc/hosts

Then type in the server address to domain mapping. You can use your public IP address instead of the local one.  

Should look like the lines below:              localhost              ubuntu1804    

# The following lines are desirable for IPv6 capable hosts
::1     ip6-localhost ip6-loopback
fe00::0 ip6-localnet
ff00::0 ip6-mcastprefix
ff02::1 ip6-allnodes
ff02::2 ip6-allrouters

Save the file and exit

Step 1: Install Nginx

Froxlor is PHP-based and requires a webserver. The most popular open source web server in use today is Nginx. To install Nginx, run the commands below:

sudo apt update
sudo apt-get install nginx

After installing Nginx, the commands below can be used to stop, start and enable Nginx service to always start up with the server boots.

sudo systemctl stop nginx.service
sudo systemctl start nginx.service
sudo systemctl enable nginx.service

To test Nginx setup, open your browser and browse to the server hostname or IP address and you should see Nginx default test page as shown below. When you see that, then Nginx is working as expected.

Nginx web server default test page

Step 2: Install MariaDB Database Server

MariaDB database server is a great place to start when looking at open source database servers to use with Froxlor. To install MariaDB run the commands below.

sudo apt-get install mariadb-server mariadb-client

After installing MariaDB, the commands below can be used to stop, start and enable MariaDB service to always start up when the server boots.

Run these on Ubuntu

sudo systemctl stop mariadb.service
sudo systemctl start mariadb.service
sudo systemctl enable mariadb.service

After that, run the commands below to secure MariaDB server by creating a root password and disallowing remote root access.

sudo mysql_secure_installation

When prompted, answer the questions below by following the guide.

  • Enter current password for root (enter for none): Just press the Enter
  • Set root password? [Y/n]: Y
  • New password: Enter password
  • Re-enter new password: Repeat password
  • Remove anonymous users? [Y/n]: Y
  • Disallow root login remotely? [Y/n]: Y
  • Remove test database and access to it? [Y/n]:  Y
  • Reload privilege tables now? [Y/n]:  Y

Restart MariaDB server

To test if MariaDB is installed, type the commands below to logon to MariaDB server

sudo mysql -u root -p

Then type the password you created above to sign on. if successful, you should see MariaDB welcome message

Step 3: Install PHP 7.2-FPM and Related Modules

PHP 7.2-FPM may not be available in Ubuntu default repositories. in order to install it, you will have to get it from third-party repositories.

Run the commands below to add the below third party repository to upgrade to PHP 7.2-FPM

sudo apt-get install software-properties-common
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php

Then update and upgrade to PHP 7.2-FPM

sudo apt update

Next, run the commands below to install PHP 7.2-FPM and related modules.

sudo apt install php7.2-fpm php7.2-common php7.2-curl php7.2-posix php7.2-intl php7.2-mbstring php7.2-xmlrpc php7.2-mysql php7.2-gd php7.2-pgsql php7.2-xml php7.2-cli php7.2-imagick php7.2-bcmath php7.2-gmp php7.2-zip

After installing PHP 7.2, run the commands below to open PHP default config file for Nginx.

sudo nano /etc/php/7.2/fpm/php.ini

Then make the changes on the following lines below in the file and save. The value below are great settings to apply in your environments.

file_uploads = On
allow_url_fopen = On
short_open_tag = On
memory_limit = 256M
cgi.fix_pathinfo = 0
upload_max_filesize = 100M
max_execution_time = 360
date.timezone = America/Chicago

After making the change above, save the file and close out.

To restart Nginx, run the commands below

sudo systemctl restart nginx.service

To test PHP 7.2 settings with Nginx, create a phpinfo.php file in Nginx root directory by running the commands below

sudo nano /var/www/html/phpinfo.php

Then type the content below and save the file.

<?php phpinfo( ); ?>

Save the file. then browse to your server hostname followed by /phpinfo.php


You should see PHP default test page.

PHP 7.2 ubuntu nginx

Step 4: Create Froxlor Database

Now that you’ve install all the packages that are required, continue below to start configuring the servers. First create a Froxlor database.

Run the commands below to logon to MariaDB. When prompted for a password, type the root password you created above.

sudo mysql -u root -p

Then create a database called froxlor


Create a database user called froxloruser with new password

CREATE USER 'froxloruser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'new_password_here';

Then grant the user full access to the froxloruser database.

GRANT ALL ON froxlor.* TO 'froxloruser'@'localhost' WITH GRANT OPTION;

Finally, save your changes and exit.


Step 5: Download Froxlor Latest Release

Next, continue below to download Froxlor package. To download, go to the link below and download the latest version.

After downloading, run the commands below to extract the downloaded file into Nginx root directory.

tar -xvzf froxlor-latest.tar.gz
sudo mv froxlor /var/www/froxlor

Change or modify the directory permission to fit Nginx configuration.

sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/froxlor
sudo chmod -R 755 /var/www/froxlor

Step 6: Configure Nginx

Finally, configure Apahce2 site configuration file for Froxlor. This file will control how users access Froxlor content. Run the commands below to create a new configuration file called froxlor

sudo nano /etc/nginx/sites-available/froxlor

Then copy and paste the content below into the file and save it. Replace the highlighted line with your own domain name and directory root location.

server {
    listen 80;
    listen [::]:80;

    root   /var/www/froxlor;
    index  index.php;
    access_log /var/log/nginx/;
    error_log /var/log/nginx/;

    client_max_body_size 100M;
    autoindex off;

    location / {
    try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php?$query_string;

    location ~ \.php$ {
         include snippets/fastcgi-php.conf;
         fastcgi_pass unix:/var/run/php/php7.2-fpm.sock;
         fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;
         include fastcgi_params;

Save the file and exit.

Step 7: Enable the Froxlor

After configuring the VirtualHost above, enable it by running the commands below

sudo ln -s /etc/nginx/sites-available/froxlor /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/
sudo systemctl restart nginx.service

Then open your browser and browse to the server domain name. You should see Froxlor setup wizard to complete. Please follow the wizard carefully.

Click Start Install to continue

Froxlor Ubuntu Install

Validate that all requirements are met. then continue to the next page.

On the database configuration page,  type in the database name, database username and password. You’ll also need to type in the database root user account and password.

All other can stay default.

Froxlor Ubuntu Install

When you click Next and get an error that connection denied for the root@localhost user, follow the steps below to fix:

Logon to MySQL server by running the commands below

sudo mysql -u root

Type in the current root password from above.

That should get you into the database server. After that, run the commands below to disable plugin authentication for the root user

USE mysql;
UPDATE user SET plugin='mysql_native_password' WHERE User='root';

Restart and run the commands below to set a new password.

sudo systemctl restart mysql.service

Try again and this time it should work.

Froxlor Ubuntu Setup

After that, login and begin setting up your environment.

Froxlor Ubuntu Setup

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Froxlor on Ubuntu

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