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How To Install cPanel on a Server or VPS Running Centos 6

How To Install cPanel on a Server or VPS Running Centos 6

How To Install cPanel in centos6

Before installing cPanel on our droplet, we need to take two additional steps.

First we need to make sure that Perl is installed on the server:

 yum install perl

After installing perl we need to take one more preliminary step. cPanel is very picky about making sure that server that it is installed on has a Fully Qualified Domain Name. To that effect, we need to provide it with a valid hostname. Skipping this step will inevitably get you the following, very common, error:

2021-10-01 16:00:54 461 (ERROR): Your hostname () is not set properly. Please 2021-10-01 16:00:54 462 (ERROR): change your hostname to a fully qualified domain name, 2021-10-01 16:00:54 463 (ERROR): and re-run this installer.

Luckily this error has a very easy solution. If you have a FQDN, you can type it in with the command:

hostname your FQDN

Otherwise, if you want to proceed with the cPanel installation but do still lack the hostname, you can input a temporary one. Once cPanel is installed, you will be able to change the hostname to the correct one on one of the first setup pages.

hostname host.example.com

Install cPanel

Although the cPanel installation only has several steps, the installation does take a long time.


you can proceed to install cPanel with WHM or a DNS only version of cPanel.

  • Use this this command to install cPanel with WHM: 

    cd /home 
    wget -N http://httpupdate.cPanel.net/latest
    sh latest 
  • Use this command to install the DNS only version of cPanel:
    cd /home 
    wget -N http://httpupdate.cPanel.net/latest-dnsonly

Once cPanel finally installs, you can access the login by going to your ip address:2087 (eg. or domain (example.com:2087)

Your login will be:

username: your_server_user password: your_password

From there, you can create your cpanel user and finally login in at ipaddress/cpanel or domain/cpanel.

How To Install cPanel on a Server or VPS Running Centos 6

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