How to install webmin on ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail) Server

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Webmin is a web-based interface for system administration for Unix. Using any modern web browser, you can setup user accounts, Apache, DNS, file sharing and much more. Webmin removes the need to manually edit Unix configuration files like /etc/passwd, and lets you manage a system from the console or remotely.

Now you need to install webmin from APT repository

You need to edit the /etc/apt/sources.list file

sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list

add the following lines

deb sarge contrib
deb sarge contrib

Save and exit the file

Now you need to download GPG key


sudo apt-key add jcameron-key.asc

Update source list

sudo apt-get update

Install webmin using the following command

sudo apt-get install webmin

Access webmin

Now you need to go to https://ubuntu-serverip:10000

Ubuntu in particular don't allow logins by the root user by default. However, the user created at system installation time can use sudo to switch to root. Webmin will allow any user who has this sudo capability to login with full root privileges.

Once you logged in you should see similar to the following screen


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3 Responses

  1. TheFu says:

    Any discussion about webmin, **must** include a discussion about limiting access to the interface using some sort of limiting tool – firewall rules, web server deny rules – something.

    Leaving a powerful tool like this open to the internet is crazy.

  2. John Stewart says:

    I would’t say “must”. Just because you enable ssh server, webmin or even apache doesn’t mean they are public facing. Almost all servers are going to be sitting behind a router/firewall with a private ip. You typically have to choose what to forward. And if you are capable of that configuration then hopefully you are aware of the risks.

  3. varun says:

    Why do you need the second repo, the one at somersettechsolutions? Just using the official Webmin repo seems to work fine.

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