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Webmin 1.973 and Virtualmin 6.16 with Authentic Theme 19.74
Developer(s)Jamie Cameron, Ilia Rostovtsev and the Webmin community[1]
Initial releaseOctober 5, 1997 (version 0.1)
Stable release1.991 (April 18, 2022; 3 months ago (2022-04-18)[2]) [±]
Written inPerl
Operating systemWindows, Linux (CentOS, Debian, RHEL, Ubuntu), FreeBSD, Solaris, other Unix-like operating systems[3][4]
Available inEnglish, Catalan, Dutch, German, partial translations[5]
TypeControl panel
LicenseBSD 3-clause "New" or "Revised" License

Webmin is a powerful and flexible web-based server management control panel for Unix-like systems. Webmin allows the user to configure operating system internals, such as users, disk quotas, services or configuration files, as well as modify and control open-source apps, such as the Apache HTTP Server, PHP or MySQL.[6][7]

General description

Webmin is largely based on Perl, running as its own process and web server. It defaults to TCP port 10000 for communicating, and can be configured to use SSL if OpenSSL is installed with additional required Perl Modules. Webmin is built around modules, which have an interface to the configuration files and the Webmin server, which makes it simple to add new functionality. Due to Webmin's modular design, it is possible for anyone who is interested to write plugins for desktop configuration. Webmin allows for controlling many machines through a single interface, or seamless login on other Webmin hosts on the same subnet or LAN.

Webmin is primarily coded by Australian Jamie Cameron and released under the BSD license.

If a plugin for certain tasks is not available, it is possible open a terminal and perform various task through a command line interface (CLI). This is especially useful if using SSH (or similar) is not an option.

Inclusion in distributions

While Webmin was included in the official repositories of some Linux distributions (Debian and Ubuntu) it was removed from those because Webmin was not compatible with the way that the distributions' packages handled configuration files and caused unexpected issues with systems.[8]

Related software

Webmin can be expanded by installing modules, which can be custom made. Aside from this, there are two other major projects that extend the functionality of Webmin:[7]

  1. Usermin presents and controls a subset of the features available in Webmin, such as webmail and other user-level tasks, rather than administrator-level tasks.
  2. Virtualmin, which is a web hosting control panel. Virtualmin enables users to host websites under domains, and gives the server admin and the end user a simple interface for managing their websites.

Webmin released Minecraft Server Module 1.0 in January 2013, and version 1.1 in March 2013. The module presents a very basic GUI for server administration. The Webmin Minecraft server is free and open source with no limitations on simultaneous players.

See also


  1. ^ "Introduction to Webmin". Webmin. Retrieved 11 February 2007.
  2. ^ http://www.webmin.com/changes.html
  3. ^ "Webmin Installation". Webmin. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Installation - Webmin Documenation". webmin.
  5. ^ "Supported Languages". Webmin.
  6. ^ Federico Kereki (2008-04-01). "Graphic Administration with Webmin". Linux Journal. Retrieved 2014-04-08.
  7. ^ a b Shawn Powers (July 2012). "Webmin—the Sysadmin Gateway Drug". The Open-Source Classroom. Porky.linuxjournal.com. Retrieved 2014-04-08.
  8. ^ Ubuntu documentation Webmin