Install WHM Cpanel on AlmaLinux 8 Server - Step by Step Process ?

WHM cPanel helps us to manage Linux servers. This is widely used by Linux server users because of its user-friendly interface and features.

Also, it is one of the best control panels for Web hosting services.

Here at Ibmi Media, as part of our Server Management Services, we regularly help our Customers to perform Software Installation tasks on Linux Systems.

In this context, we shall look into how to install WHM cPanel on AlmaLinux.

How to install WHM CPanel on AlmaLinux 8

The steps that our Support Engineers follow to install cPanel on AlmaLinux.

Following are the installation requirements for CPanel and WHM in Almalinux 8:

1. A valid static IP address and hostname.

2. 1.1 GHz CPU, 64-bit.

3. Minimum: 1 GB and Recommended: 2 GB.

4. Free space on the 20 GB hard drive, however, 40 GB is recommended.

1. Run system update

Firstly, we must update our system’s existing packages to the latest version.

For this we can use the following commands:

$ yum update
$ yum upgrade

2. Install Perl and Curl

Since the cPanel is written in Perl, we can install perl first on our AlmaLinux 8. Also, we can install curl that we can use to download the cPanel installation script.

$ yum install perl curl

3. Download WHM cPanel installation script

Now, we run the following line to download the script to our main directory that will automate the installation process.

$ cd /home
$ curl -o latest -L https://securedownloads.cpanel.net/latest

4. Run cPanel installation script on AlmaLinux 8

After downloading, we start the execution process of the downloaded script by using the given command:

$ sh latest

5. Login to WHM

For accessing WHM, go to a browser and enter the following line in the address bar:


The login page is displayed in which we have to enter our AlmaLinux root user and password to access data for WHM.

Also, Accept Terms and conditions.

6. Apply for Cpanel & WHM Trial license

Click on the Login button and create an account with WHM service, if we do not have one. After login, a 15 days free trial license will be issued.

Finally, enter the email address and our hosting service naming Server details.

7. WHM Dashboard

The next step is to create a cPanel account on it to start hosting a website.

Here are few directories for cPanel installed items, in case we want to access it manually on AlmaLinux 8 using the command line:

CPanel directories: /usr/local/cpanel
Third-party tools: /usr/local/cpanel/3rdparty/
Directories of addons or cPanel add-ons: /usr/local/cpanel/addons/
Basic files like PHPMyAdmin, themes: /usr/local/cpanel/base/
CPanel binaries: /usr/local/cpanel/bin/
CGI files: /usr/local/cpanel/cgi-sys/
Access to cPanel & Error event files: /usr/local/cpanel/logs/
WHM files: /usr/local/cpanel/whostmgr/
Apache configuration: /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf
Configuration of the Exim mail server: /etc/exim.conf
Named configuration files: /etc/named.conf
Configuration files ProFTP and Pureftpd: /etc/proftpd.conf and /etc/pure-ftpd.conf
CPanel user files: /var/cpanel/users/username
CPanel configuration files (tweak settings): /var/cpanel/cpanel.config
Network configuration files: /etc/sysconfig/network
Addons and subdomain information: /etc/userdomains
CPanel update files: /etc/cpupdate.conf
Clamav configuration files: /etc/clamav.conf
MySQL configuration files: /etc/my.cnf
PHP.ini configuration files: /usr/local/lib/php.ini

Key features of cPanel

Following are some key features of cPanel:

1. Reselling of hosting services

2. Managing web hosting accounts

3. User-friendly interface

4. It allows us to create email accounts, redirects and automatic replies.

5. Apache and MySQL integration

6. More than 500 applications and plugins to expand its features

7. Also, it allows transfers and backups

Resolving Common errors while Installing WHM Cpanel on AlmaLinux

If we get a hostname error while running cPanel installation script, then we can set hostname by using the command:

hostname cpanel.ibmimedia.com

Replace cpanel.ibmimedia.com with the actual hostname we want to use.

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This article covers the complete steps to install WHM Cpanel on AlmaLinux 8 Server.

To manage Linux servers for hosting purposes most of the services are using WHM's Cpanel.

Although there are many hosting manager software, because of its easy-to-use interface and features, it is one of the best control panels for Web hosting services. 

cPanel, Control Panel, is a control panel developed in 1997 that offers us high-quality web hosting with excellent features that, thanks to WHM (Web Host Manager), can be managed from a graphics console, with everyone doing their job.