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cPanel is an online Linux-based web hosting control panel that provides a graphical interface and automation tools designed to simplify the process of hosting a web site or email.



  1. Launch a CentOS 7 instance (Only install cPanel & WHM on a freshly-installed operating system).
  2. Access the instance via SSH.
  3. Run all the following commands from the shell/terminal (All commands need to be run as the root user).
  4. You need to purchase your own cPanel license to use the control panel.



Step 1: Set a valid hostname (FQDN) for your system. Note: Replace “your-hostname.example.com” with a FQDN.

hostname <your-hostname.example.com>

Step 2: Disable SELinux.

sed -i 's/SELINUX=enforcing/SELINUX=disabled/' /etc/selinux/config


Step 3: Download and run the installation script. Tips: You may use the screen utility in case your session disconnects during installation.

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


Step 4: Wait for the installation to complete.

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Step 5: While waiting for the installation, you might want to allow all the required ports on the security group for your instance (eg: WHM SSL, FTP, HTTP, HTTPS). Please follow the guide here.

Note: To know which ports are used by cPanel & WHM, please refer to this official documentation: https://documentation.cpanel.net/display/CKB/How+to+Configure+Your+Firewall+for+cPanel+Services


Step 6: Set a password for root. You will be prompted to enter the new root password after entering the command below:



Step 7: Browse to https://<your-server-ip>:2087 to access the WHM, and login as root.


After completing all the steps above, you should now be logged in to your WHM on your server.

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