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Best OpenSource Cpanel alternative for linux

cPanel login screen

cPanel is a Unix based web hosting control panel that provides a graphical interface and automation tools designed to simplify the process of hosting a web site. cPanel utilizes a 3 tier structure that provides capabilities for administrators, resellers, and end-user website owners to control the various aspects of website and server administration through a standard web browser.



Kloxo-Mr is a powerful, open source, and free web hosting control panel for both CentOS and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). This particular piece of software is a fork of now-defunct Kloxo, one that includes a number of features not found in the original. The Kloxo-Mr feature set includes:

  • Installs on Redhat/CentOS 5, 6, and 7
  • Billing support: AWBS, WHMCS, HostBill, TheHostingTool, AccountLab Plus, Blesta, and BoxBilling
  • Web server support: Nginx, Nginx-Proxy and Lighttpd-proxy, Hiawatha, Hiawatha-proxy and Httpd 24, Httpd, and Lighttpd
  • Dual and multi-web server support
  • Webcache server support: Squid, Varnish, and ATS
  • Php support: Dual-php with php 5.3/5.4 (primary) and php 5.2 (secondary)
  • PHP-type for Apache: php-fpm_worker/_event and fcgid_worker/_event; beside mod_php/_ruid2/_itk and suphp/_worker/_event
  • Mail server support: qmail-toaster
  • Database support: MySQL or MariaDB
  • Database Manager support: PHPMyAdmin, Adminer, MyWebSql, and SqlBuddy
  • Webmail support: Afterlogic Webmail Lite, Telaen, Squirrelmail, Roundcube, and Rainloop
  • FTP server support: Pure-ftpd
  • DNS Server support: Bind, Djbdns, Powerdns, MaraDNS, NSD, myDNS, and Yadifa
  • Available addons: ClamAV, Spamassassin/Bogofilter/Spamdyke, RKHunter, and MalDetect
  • Free SSL

See: How to install Kloxo-MR7 in Centos 7 Server
How to install Kloxo-Mr on CentOS 6.x
How to install KloxoMR on CentOS 5.x/6.x 32 or 64-bit

Kloxo-MR control panel
Kloxo-MR control panel


Webmin Use it for a while everything was working good just i did not like the template much . 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.

Webmin control panel
Webmin control panel

Read also: How to install latest Webmin on CentOS 7.6
How to install webmin on RHEL/CentOS and Fedora linux
Install Webmin on Ubuntu 15.04 Server

CentOS Web Panel

CentOS Web Panel (CWP) is a free web hosting control panel that offers easy managemet of multiple servers (both Dedicated and VPS) without the need to access server through SSH for every small task that you need to complete. It is a feature rich control panel, which comes with a high number of options and features for quick server management.
Here are some of the most beneficial features and services offered by CentOS Web Panel.

  • Apache Web Server ( Mod Security + Automatic updated rules optional).
  • PHP 5.6 (suPHP, SuExec + PHP version switcher).
  • MySQL/MariaDB + phpMyAdmin.
  • Email – Postfix and Dovecot, mailboxes, RoundCube web interface ((Antivirus, Spamassassin optional).
  • CSF (Config Server Firewall).
  • Backups ( this feature is optional).
  • Easy user management interface.
  • Setups Server for Web Hosting with WordPres.
  • FreeDNS Server.
  • Live Monitoring.
  • File System Lock (means, no more website hacking due to locking of files from changes).
  • Server configuration AutoFixer.
  • cPanel Account Migration.
  • TeamSpeak 3 Manager (Voice) and Shoutcast Manager (video streaming).
CentOS web panel
CentOS web panel

Thare are lots more features offered by CWP, that you can check out here.


ISPConfig is an open source hosting control panel for Linux, licensed under BSD license and developed by the company ISPConfig UG. The ISPConfig project was started in autumn 2005 by the German company projektfarm GmbH.

ISPConfig control panel
ISPConfig control panel


Ajenti is a simple, fast and small web based administration tool for managing your servers. It is similar to Webmin. It is very useful for those who are not that much good at command line interface. It is available for almost all distributions such as Debian, Ubuntu, CentOS, Arch, Gentoo and FreeBSD etc.

Using this tool you can check CPU resource usages, DNS, firewall configuration, manage cron jobs, backup/recovery settings and more. All you need to do is install the relevant plug-ins and start managing your servers.

Ajenti dashboard
Ajenti dashboard

Also check out How to install ajenti in Ubuntu server.


Ehcp is a Free Hosting Control Panel for Ubuntu/Debian/Mint/Pardus and similars, a web based software for managing your hosting server. You can manage your domains, ftp, emails and more using EHCP

EHCP control panel
EHCP control panel

See also: Install EHCP in Ubuntu 12.04/12.10/13.04/13.10 linux


YunoHost bills itself as a “server operating system aiming to make self-hosting accessible to everyone.” It’s not meant to be as comprehensive as cPanel or Webmin, as it’s only goal is to install various self-hosted applications for you. You won’t find firewall management or reverse proxies here, only a number of officially-supported “apps” for installing various programs, such as Baikal, Nextcloud, WordPress, Zerobin, and more.

You can administer your VPS via the YunoHost web interface or the command line. YunoHost officially supports Debian 8 and is coded primarily in Python under an open source GPL license. The code is available on GitHub.

YunoHost home panel
YunoHost home panel


Froxlor bills itself as the “lightweight” alternative to Webmin. From their website: “Developed by experienced server administrators, this open source (GPL) panel simplifies the effort of managing your hosting platform.” Features include Let’s Encrypt installation, PHP configuration, MySQL management, and more.

Froxlor has Debian packages available and a .tar.gz for production installations. Only Debian is officially supported, but it seems possible, with a little effort, to install it on Ubuntu as well. Froxlor is licensed under GPL 2.0, with source code on GitHub.

Froxlor web panel
Froxlor web panel

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  1. Fantastic site. Plenty of useful information here. I am sending it to several buddies ans additionally sharing in delicious. And of course, thank you on your effort!

  2. It’s always nice to see an article about alternate web hosting control panels to cPanel, because I am not a fan of cPanel. However, I think that you missed one of the best alternatives of the bunch. The InterWorx control panel is easy to use, scalable, and good for clustering. The support staff is great and they are always working to improve their product. Alternatives like Kloxo and Webmin are nice, but they can’t compete with a paid panel like InterWorx.

    1. Hello Justin, I found server pilot cp interesting. Before I was a kloxo user, It’s not bad to run small sites but eventually when my sites grow up it somehow fails. I have to manually manage all the configs like apache/nginx, php-fpm etc & most of the time it fails to utilize all the server hardware and often get locked down. So my question is does this cpanel (serverpilot) manages to overcome this problems? Like maintaining a good configuration according to server hardware etc? Share with us your experience.


  3. Word from the burned. ZPanel is no longer supported and the its replacement, Sentora just ate it’s own MySQL database forcing a complete VPS rebuild. Apparently, there are no fixes, it just happens. The developers are aware, but the fix is you must create a clean VPS, and start over. Unless you have a lot of free time, avoid.

  4. What about Vesta, Vesta is a new contender for sure so far the best one i have seen. Vesta CP is definitely the best choice, easy to install and also has great performance, I love that it uses Nginx and also SpamAssassin and fail2ban. That makes for a more secure installation, and the control panel is clean and easy to manage I wrote a small tutorial on how to install with these features here Note: this is for Ubuntu 14.04 but should work for most Linux distributions.

    1. The thing I don’t like about Vesta CP is that you have to pay for a file manager ($3/month or $50 for a lifetime license). Of course it’s possible to transfer files via ftp or from the command line in ssh, but a free control panel file server would be helpful.

  5. goPanel is the most intuitive OSX App to manage web servers, an alternative to existing control panel softwares you install on your Unix based servers for web hosting.
    Easy to install and configure Apache, php, mysql, ftp, domains and emails on your server goPanel APP lets you easily connect and manage UNLIMITED linux servers.
    Linux distributions supported:
    – Ubuntu 14.04 (LTS), 14.10, 15.04, 15.10
    – CentOS 6.x si 7.x
    – Amazon Linux 2016.03
    – Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.x si 7.x
    and YES goPanel works perfect with Amazon instances as long as you use a linux distribution we support.

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