How to Install and Configure Apache Web GUI on Ubuntu 18.04 VPS or Dedicated Server


Introduction

Apache server is one of the most popular web servers today which runs on most operating system platforms today.

While the server might be really powerful, it has some drawbacks including the lack of a GUI to configure, monitor and manage it, which can be a real pain, especially for the newbie system administrators who are not quite familiar with the command line interface.

Fortunately, Apache GUI offers a solution to this problem by providing a web interface to manage your server. It is built with Java and has robust features which allow you to:

  • Edit your web configuration files
  • View Apache Logs
  • Install, modify and remove Apache modules
  • Manage server; start, stop and restart the Apache service
  • Manage virtual hosts easily

Prerequisites Before Getting Started

Steps

Update system packages

$ sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

Install OpenJDK package

This is important since the software runs on Java platform.

Special Note: You may decide to install a more recent version of OpenJDK as this version is recent to the time this tutorial was written.

$ sudo apt install default-jre
$ sudo apt install default-jdk
$ java -versionopenjdk version "10.0.2"2018-11-05
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (build 10.0.2+13-Ubuntu-1ubuntu0.18.04.2)
OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 10.0.2+13-Ubuntu-1ubuntu0.18.04.2, mixed mode)

Install Apache and MariaDB server

Install, start and enable the services on start up.

$ sudo apt install apache2 mariadb-server
$ sudo systemctl start apache2
$ sudo systemctl start mariadb
$ sudo systemctl enable mysql
$ sudo systemctl enable apache2

Install and Run ApacheGUI

Get the latest version of ApacheGUI from the official download page here. Select Linux Operating System and wget the download link.

$ sudo wget https://excellmedia.dl.sourceforge.net/project/apachegui/1.12-Linux-Solaris-Mac/ApacheGUI-1.12.0.tar.gz
$ sudo tar -xzvf ApacheGUI-1.12.0.tar.gz -C /usr/local/
$cd /usr/local/ApacheGUI/bin
$ sudo ./run.sh

Go to your favourite web browser and enter your VPS server’s IP address

http://YOUR_IP_ADDRESS:9999/ApacheGUI/
  1. Follow the prompts to install it, add a username and password.
  2. Log into the dashboard using your newly created credentials. You should see a page such as the following after login:

How to Install and Configure Apache Web GUI on Ubuntu 18

Conclusion

You have installed ApacheGUI in your VPS. You can now go ahead and start exploring the vast features that the software has to offer. To stop the service, you need to navigate back to your /usr/local/ApacheGUI/bin directory and run the ./stop.sh script with sudo privileges.

Always ensure to have a strong password to avoid a malicious user password guessing or brute forcing into your dashboard.

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