How to install Webmin on FreeBSD 12

How do I install Webmin on FreeBSD 12? Webmin is a popular open source web-based system configuration tool for Linux and Unix systems. With Webmin, you can set up user accounts, manager Apache web server, DNS server, samba and file configuration, email server, package management, manage database server and more.

Installing Webmin on FreeBSD 12 is easy. Packages can be installed from a binary repository or by building Webmin from source code. The choice is yours, but in this tutorial we will do a binary installation of Webmin on FreeBSD 12.

Install Webmin on FreeBSD 12

FreeBSD comes with a package manager pkg We will use it to install Webmin.

Update your FreeBSD package index first

                         pkg update
                       Updating FreeBSD repository catalogue… Fetching meta.txz: 100%    944 B   0.9kB/s    00:01     Fetching packagesite.txz: 100%    6 MiB 668.1kB/s    00:10     Processing entries: 100% FreeBSD repository update completed. 32049 packages processed. All repositories are up to date.

After the update is successful, install Webmin on FreeBSD 12 by running the following command:

                        pkg install webmin
                       Updating FreeBSD repository catalogue… FreeBSD repository is up to date. All repositories are up to date. The following 8 package(s) will be affected (of 0 checked): New packages to be INSTALLED:     webmin: 1.900     p5-Net-SSLeay: 1.85     perl5: 5.28.1     p5-Authen-PAM: 0.16_2     python27: 2.7.15     readline: 7.0.5     libffi: 3.2.1_3     p5-IO-Tty: 1.12_2 Number of packages to be installed: 8 The process will require 210 MiB more space. 42 MiB to be downloaded. Proceed with this action? [y/N]: y [1/8] Fetching webmin-1.900.txz: 100%   16 MiB   1.2MB/s    00:15     [2/8] Fetching p5-Net-SSLeay-1.85.txz: 100%  253 KiB 258.8kB/s    00:01     [3/8] Fetching perl5-5.28.1.txz: 100%   14 MiB 183.5kB/s    01:20     [4/8] Fetching p5-Authen-PAM-0.16_2.txz: 100%   21 KiB  21.3kB/s    00:01     [5/8] Fetching python27-2.7.15.txz: 100%   11 MiB 291.0kB/s    00:38     [6/8] Fetching readline-7.0.5.txz: 100%  332 KiB 113.4kB/s    00:03     [7/8] Fetching libffi-3.2.1_3.txz: 100%   34 KiB  35.0kB/s    00:01     [8/8] Fetching p5-IO-Tty-1.12_2.txz: 100%   30 KiB  30.5kB/s    00:01     Checking integrity… done (0 conflicting) [1/8] Installing perl5-5.28.1… [1/8] Extracting perl5-5.28.1: 100% [2/8] Installing readline-7.0.5… [2/8] Extracting readline-7.0.5: 100% [3/8] Installing libffi-3.2.1_3… [3/8] Extracting libffi-3.2.1_3: 100% [4/8] Installing p5-Net-SSLeay-1.85… [4/8] Extracting p5-Net-SSLeay-1.85: 100% [5/8] Installing p5-Authen-PAM-0.16_2… [5/8] Extracting p5-Authen-PAM-0.16_2: 100% [6/8] Installing python27-2.7.15… [6/8] Extracting python27-2.7.15: 100% [7/8] Installing p5-IO-Tty-1.12_2… [7/8] Extracting p5-IO-Tty-1.12_2: 100% [8/8] Installing webmin-1.900… [8/8] Extracting webmin-1.900: 100%.....

After installing Webmin for the first time, you should configure Webmin by running the following command as root:

                       Welcome to the Webmin setup script, version 1.900        *  Webmin is a web-based interface that allows Unix-like operating systems and common Unix services to be easily administered. Installing Webmin in /usr/local/lib/webmin … Webmin uses separate directories for configuration files and log files. Unless you want to run multiple versions of Webmin at the same time you can just accept the defaults. Log file directory 
                      :  Webmin is written entirely in Perl. Please enter the full path to the Perl 5 interpreter on your system. Full path to perl 
                        (default /usr/local/bin/perl)
                      :  Testing Perl … Perl seems to be installed ok Operating system name:    FreeBSD Operating system version: 12.0 Webmin uses its own password protected web server to provide access to the administration programs. The setup script needs to know : What port to run the web server on. There must not be another web server already using this port. The login name required to access the web server. The password required to access the web server. If the webserver should use SSL (if your system supports it). Whether to start webmin at boot time.  Web server port 
                        (default 10000)
                      :  Login name 
                        (default admin)
                      :  Login password: 
                       Password again: 
                       Use SSL (y/n):
                       Creating web server config files.. ..done Creating access control file.. ..done Creating start and stop scripts.. ..done Copying config files.. ..done Changing ownership and permissions .. ..done Running postinstall scripts .. ..done Enabling background status collection .. ..done

Make sure you set

  • Configuration file directory
  • Log file directory
  • The full path to Perl
  • Web server port (default 10000 )
  • Login name (default administrator )
  • login password
  • SSL options (yes / no)

Start Webmin service on FreeBSD 12

We have installed and configured Webmin on FreeBSD 12. The last step is to set the Webmin service to start and start the service at startup.

Set the Webmin service to start at system startup:

                        sysrc webmin_enable="YES"
                      webmin_enable:  -> YES

The above command will add the line webmin_enable="YES" Give you /etc/rc.conf

To start Webmin for the first time, run:

                        service webmin start
                       Starting webmin. Cron 15469220631494 missing any time spec

The service should listen on the port 10000

                        sockstat -4 -6 |grep 10000
                       root     perl       1536  5  tcp4   *:10000               *:* root     perl       1536  6  udp4   *:10000               *:*

Access the Webmin interface

Open your server URL / IP address port 10000 ,E.g

If you get ” Certificate is invalid “Warning, click Continue Anyway

Log in using the username and password specified during installation.

You have now installed Webmin on FreeBSD 12. You can easily manage your FreeBSD server from the web interface.

Also check:

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