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Ajenti, web control panel for your server

When we think about a web panel to control a server, we usually think about Webmin, cPanel or Plesk. But many more exists.

Tecmint have wrote an article last year to briefly present 18 of these. And this is where I’ve discovered Ajenti!

Ajenti is an open source web control panel that provides through a responsive and elegant web interface, several features to manage your server.

Ajenti screenshot main page dashboard

It comes with several plugins (built-in) to control several important services of your server such as Apache oor Nginx, MySQL, FTP, but also Cron, Samba, Squid, firewall, etc… and many more.The installation is very simple (Thanks to their script) and adapted for your own distribution.Here is how to install it on Debian. (If you wish to install it on another distribution, I suggest you to check with Download page and their support page.

Ajenti - Services list



Lucky for us, everything is available on their repository and their installation script will do everything in fact!

1) Run the script

So simply download and run their Debian installation script (Any where you want, in your /home/user for example).

In root (or with sudo), run:

2) Restart the instance

Still in root:

3) Access the admin page

Point your web browser to https://YourIP:8000

The default admin user/password is root///admin

You can now customized your dashboard with additional widgets.

Ajenti firewall control server

How about now to set up a sub-domain instead of using the port 8000? Here is how to do it.


Virtualhost configuration

What you will need:

1) Create a A redirection in your DNS server/registrar with aj.domain.tld to your IP

2) Install mod proxy html

You will need to install the following packages in root:

3) Have SSL certificate ready. If not you can read this tutorial. (Optional)

4) Create your virtualhost as following:

In /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/, create a file called ajenti (In root):

and paste the following content:

Adapt the content (Servername, webmaster email, SSL certificate,…)

When done, save the file (CTRL+X then Yes) and reload apache: (In root)

If no issue (If there is, let me know), you should be able to access to your Ajenti instance through aj.domain.tld that will redirect it to HTTPS connection and 8000 port.

PHP database management tool – Adminer, the alternative to PHPMyAdmin

adminer database management logo

If you think PHPMyAdmin is too heavy for your server, or wish to have a proper web administration tool for your  databases, Adminer is one of the few alternative projects to PHPMyAdmin, that is still under active development.

Indeed, Adminer (formerly known as phpMinAdmin) is a full-featured database management tool written in PHP. The installation is very easy (Single file) while yet powerful enough to support extensive set of databases, such as MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite, MS SQL, Oracle, SimpleDB, Elasticsearch and also MongoDB.

Available in many languages, Adminer have 5 key development priorities. That are:

1. Security,

2. User experience,

3. Great performance,

4. Large feature set,

5. Compact size.

They actually claim to superior in many ways to PHPMyAdmin and you can check their comparison here. Although you may not agree with all their claims, Adminer can be highly customized and is indeed very easy to install (Through your distribution repo or simply by downloading their latest version, available as a single php file!!)

Adminer - Main page screenshot

You can directly check their online demo to give it a try.

And as usual, here is how to install it on your server:


– Installation from your distribution repo:

You can simply install Adminer from the repositories of your distribution. In my case, on Debian 7, I can get the version 3.3.3-1 and to install it, I simply need to run (as root or using sudo)

And you will be able to directly access the web interface through http://YourIP/adminer

– Latest version from the official website

But if you prefer to use the latest version, the installation is still very easy! Only 1 file to donwload.

In your /var/www, you can simply download adminer php’s file. For the v4.1.0, in my case, I will run:

and then I will have directly access to the adminer web interface through http://myIP/adminer-4.1.0.phpAdminer - LoginEasy to install right?