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cPanel Installation Guide

Pre-Install Notes

In order to run the cPanel software you must first be running a supported OS. cPanel lists their supported operating systems on their website at Although there are many to choose from not every OS listed works flawlessly. If you're looking to have the least amount of problems and ease of administration we highly recommend you choose CentOS as your distro. CentOS is a recompile of RedHat Enterprise, and our research has shown that CentOS is the most widely used and easily supported distro when running cPanel. Note: cPanel currently does not support distributions other than CentOS, RHEL, & FreeBSD. Please be aware of this when installing your OS!

cPanel also recommends that the server it is being installed on is a clean and fresh install. This means that if you previously had done any configuring or ran another control panel software that they recommend you reinstall the server.

If the server you plan to install cPanel on is a live production server, STOP. cPanel's installer may overwrite your previous configurations and cause downtime for you or your customers!

Installation Process

cPanel has made the installation process a simple one and only takes a few commands to get the install going. Most Many of these steps can be omitted depending on how you deployed your OS, but we have been verbose here to ensure all pre-requisites are satisfied. Below are the steps:

Post-Installation Configuration

Once the installation is complete it's now time to log into the WebHostManager (WHM) and go through the wizard. Point your browser to https://your_ip_here/whm or https://your_ip_here:2087/. Accept the security warning (this is because the certificate is self-signed). You will then be prompted for a user/pass, enter root as the user and enter your root password in the password field.

Step 1: License Agreement

Step 2: Setup Networking

If you are doing a cPanel installation on a server in our network, our resolvers can be found here. Enter just the IP addresses in these fields in step 6.

Once you have finished, click the Finish Setup Wizard button. You will then be taken to the WHM home page. Your system is ready to use!

Additional cPanel Resources

A few other articles to help get you started using cPanel/WHM: