Getting started with Vesta Control Panel


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In this tutorial, we are going to provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to install Vesta control panel on an Ubuntu 16.04 VPS and help you getting started with it. Vesta control panel (VestaCP) is an open source hosting control panel, which can be used to manage multiple websites, creat and manage email accounts, FTP accounts, and MySQL databases, manage DNS records and more.

Update the system

Make sure your package list and the OS packages are up to date by running the following commands:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

You can also configure automatic updates.

Install VestaCP

It is recommended to have a minimal install base OS packages, so stop and uninstall Apache, MySQL etc. and delete their configuration files e.g.:

systemctl stop apache2
systemctl stop mysql
apt-get purge apache2* libapache2* mysql-client* mysql-common* mysql-server*
apt autoremove

Install the curl package:

apt-get install curl

Installation of VestaCP is quite simple:
Log in to your server via SSH as root user, download the installation script and run it:

curl -O

Also, you can customize the installation using the advanced install settings at and generate install command to install nginx, php-fpm, proftpd, exim, dovecot, spamassassin, named, iptables, MySQL and use file system quota:

bash --nginx yes --phpfpm yes --apache no --named yes --remi no --vsftpd no --proftpd yes --iptables yes --fail2ban no --quota yes --exim yes --dovecot yes --spamassassin yes --clamav no --mysql yes --postgresql no --hostname --email --password Y0ur_Pa55w0rD

Do not forget to change ‘’ with your actual domain name and use a strong password for your VestaCP Admin user.

If everything is OK, you should receive an output like this:

Vesta Control Panel

Following software will be installed on your system:
   - Nginx Web Server
   - PHP-FPM Application Server
   - Bind DNS Server
   - Exim mail server + Antispam
   - Dovecot POP3/IMAP Server
   - MySQL Database Server
   - ProFTPD FTP Server
   - Iptables Firewall

Would you like to continue [y/n]:

Enter ‘y’ and wait a couple of minutes for the installation to complete.
Once the VestaCP installation is complete, you should receive an email with the VestaCP URL, username and password:

Congratulations, you have just successfully installed Vesta Control Panel

    username: admin
    password: Y0ur_Pa55w0rD

Open https://your_server_IP:8083 , enter the username and password and click ‘Log in’. From this page you can add domains, create email accounts, databases, FTP accounts, add/modify DNS records etc.

Add new domains

To add a new domain, click on ‘WEB’ >> ‘ADD WEB DOMAIN’ >> enter your new domain name and click ‘Add’.

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Add new email accounts

To create a new email account, click on ‘MAIL’ >> hover over the domain name >> click ‘ADD ACCOUNT’ >> enter your new email address (without the domain name), click generate to generate a password for your email account and click ‘Add’.

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Add new domains and create email accounts

To add a new domain name for a new email account, click on ‘MAIL’ >> ‘ADD MAIL DOMAIN’ >> enter your domain name, select ‘AntiSpam Support’, ‘AntiVirus Support’, ‘DKIM Support’ and click ‘Add’.

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Create a new database

To create a database, click on ‘DB’ >> ‘ADD DATABASE’ >> enter your new database name, database username, click generate to generate a password for your MySQL user, and click ‘Add’.

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