Installing PufferPanel

System Requirements

  • A VPS or Dedicated server (32-bit IS NOT supported)

  • SSH access and administrative (root or sudo) privileges on the server

  • PHP 7.1 minimum

  • MySQL 5.6+ (MariaDB 10.2 is recommended)

  • Subdomain for the panel


PufferPanel has been tested and works with the following Linux distributions: Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 14.04, CentOS 7, and Debian 8.

Can I use

No. PufferPanel does not support being installed on a path for a domain. You must either use a subdomain dedicated to PufferPanel (we recommend or a dedicated IP.

Install Dependencies

Please run the commands for your distribution below to install the necessary dependencies in order for PufferPanel to run.

sudo apt install software-properties-common
sudo apt-add-repository universe
## Because people may have trouble installing the php-fpm. But this work around worked for my install.

sudo apt install -y openssl curl nginx mysql-client mysql-server php-fpm php-cli php-curl php-mysql

## Make sure to set the MySQL root password when running this
sudo mysql_secure_installation

Running the Installer

We now offer an automated installer to help make the installation process easier. This installer can run by copy and pasting the command below into your terminal. The installer will guide you through the entire installation process.

# Please run these with either sudo in front of them, or as the root user (sudo -i)
mkdir -p /srv && cd /srv
curl -L -o pufferpanel.tar.gz
tar -xf pufferpanel.tar.gz
cd pufferpanel
chmod +x pufferpanel
./pufferpanel install

If the web service auto-install does not work or you get the default nginx page, please read the following page to configure nginx: nginx Configuration.

If you prefer to use Apache, you can follow this guide instead: Apache Configuration.

Next Steps

Be sure to allow traffic on port 5656 to allow the pufferd daemon to communicate with PufferPanel and port 5657 to allow SFTP access to the servers.

If you are using OVH, please see our suggestion for OVH Servers, as most OVH partition setups give most of the available disk space to /home.

Congratulations! You will be given the URL of your PufferPanel installation after the installer has finished.

Since pufferd is installed on the local node already with PufferPanel, you can get started creating servers right away!