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cPanel is a Linux-based server/website administration platform that streamlines publishing and managing websites. It is widely used by individual businesses, web development agencies, and hosting platforms. cPanel (and the included WHM interface) provides an easy and intuitive method for managing all aspects of website administration, including software installation, DNS, databases, email, and much more.

cPanel requires a valid license to use the software beyond the initial 15 day free trial period. To purchase a license, visit cPanel’s website and select a plan that fits your needs. Licenses are not available directly through Linode.

Deploying a Marketplace App

The Linode Marketplace allows you to easily deploy software on a Compute Instance using the Cloud Manager. See Get Started with Marketplace Apps for complete steps.

  1. Log in to the Cloud Manager and select the Marketplace link from the left navigation menu. This displays the Linode Create page with the Marketplace tab pre-selected.

  2. Under the Select App section, select the app you would like to deploy.

  3. Complete the form by following the steps and advice within the Creating a Compute Instance guide. Depending on the Marketplace App you selected, there may be additional configuration options available. See the Configuration Options section below for compatible distributions, recommended plans, and any additional configuration options available for this Marketplace App.

  4. Click the Create Linode button. Once the Compute Instance has been provisioned and has fully powered on, wait for the software installation to complete. If the instance is powered off or restarted before this time, the software installation will likely fail.

To verify that the app has been fully installed, see Get Started with Marketplace Apps > Verify Installation. Once installed, follow the instructions within the Getting Started After Deployment section to access the application and start using it.

Estimated deployment time: cPanel/WHM should be fully installed within 15 minutes after the Compute Instance has finished provisioning.

Configuration Options

  • Supported distributions: Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, AlmaLinux 8, Rocky Linux 8
  • Recommended minimum plan: 2GB Shared CPU Compute Instance or higher, depending on the number of sites and size of the sites you plan on hosting.

Getting Started after Deployment

Access WHM (Web Host Manager)

WHM is the core interface for managing your server and all websites (also called “accounts”).

  1. Open your web browser and navigate to http://[ip-address]:2087/, where [ip-address] can be replaced with your Compute Instance’s IPv4 address or rDNS domain (such as See the Managing IP Addresses guide for information on viewing IP addresses and rDNS.

  2. The WHM login page should appear. Enter root as the username and use the root password you created when deploying this instance. Then click the Log In button.

    Screenshot of the WHM login form

  3. You are then presented with cPanel and WHM’s terms. Read through the terms and click on Agree to All if you agree and would like to continue.

  4. Next, enter in the email address where you would prefer to receive notifications and alerts.

  5. On the same page, you must also enter in the nameservers for this server. Nameservers are the underlying servers of the DNS system that map domain names to IP addresses. Managing DNS through cPanel allows you to quickly add sites, configure subdomains, set up email, and more without needing to manually update DNS records. For this step, make sure you have a registered domain name.

    1. Within the nameservers for your domain name, create two A records. The hostname / name field should be ns1 (for the first record) and ns2 (for the second). The IP address should be the IPv4 address of your new Compute Instance. If you do not have a nameserver for your registered domain, consider using Linode’s DNS Manager.

    2. Within the cPanel form, enter the following values into the nameserver fields. Replace with the domain name you are using.


    If you prefer to manually manage your DNS records, you can use Linode’s DNS Manager or any other 3rd party service. When doing so, enter the primary two nameservers for your DNS provider. Linode’s nameservers are and

  6. Click Next to continue.

  7. The cPanel license screen appears. Click on the Purchase button to be taken to cPanel’s license management system. From here, you can obtain a trial license (if eligible) or purchase a license.

    Provided the IP address hasn’t already been registered in cPanel, your cPanel Marketplace App installation automatically receives a free 15-day trial license. You must purchase a new cPanel & WHM license before the end of this trial period. At the end of your trial period your license will expire.
  8. After obtaining a license, you are automatically logged in and taken to WHM.

Going Further

Now that you’re able to access WHM, you can manage your server, install software, and create new cPanel accounts. Here are some guides to help you start using your new cPanel/WHM instance.

  • The WHM Interface: Learn how to navigate the WHM interface.
  • Create a New Account: A cPanel account can be created for each website or each client. Once created, you can log in to cPanel directly, which is a streamlined interface for managing each web application, databases, and email accounts for a domain.
  • The cPanel Interface (Jupiter theme): Learn the main functions of the cPanel interface, shown with the default Jupiter theme enabled.
Sending email: Newly created Linode accounts have restrictions on ports 25, 465, and 587 applied to Compute Instances, which prevent instances from sending email. If you’d like to send email on a Compute Instance, open a ticket with our Support team.

Currently, Linode does not manage software and systems updates for Marketplace Apps. It is up to the user to perform routine maintenance on software deployed in this fashion.

More Information

You may wish to consult the following resources for additional information on this topic. While these are provided in the hope that they will be useful, please note that we cannot vouch for the accuracy or timeliness of externally hosted materials.

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