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Published on June 1st, 2015 📆 | 7557 Views ⚑


Open Source Web Hosting Control Panel — Sentora
Sentora is a free to download and use web hosting control panel developed for Linux, UNIX and BSD based servers or computers. The Sentora software can turn a domestic or commercial server into a fully fledged, easy to use and manage web hosting server.

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Sentora team provides the software as a ‘hobby’ project and it is not commercially backed


Sentora is written in PHP and utilities various other GNU/open-source software packages such as Apache HTTPd, PHP, Dovecot, Postfix, ProFTPd and MariaDB to name a few.


The history of the project

The Sentora project was officially born on the 27th June 2014 when the previous members of the ZPanel project decided that following the recent acquisition of the project by Hostwinds LLC. contact with the new organization was extremely limited and progress with the ZPanel project had almost seized; realizing that something needed to be done in order to secure the future development and maintainability for its current user-base.

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As per the GPL v3 license, team decided to fork the existing project and make various radical changes (such as remove Windows support) and clean up a lot of the core code in an attempt to optimize and build new, improved foundations for the new project.




Sentora is designed primarily to install and work with the following software packages out of the box:-

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Supported OS:

The officially supported installer is able to install Sentora on CentOS 6, CentOS 7, Ubuntu 12.04 and Ubuntu 14.04.


Unsupported OS:

Some OS derivate or very close from these above MAY work … or not.

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Pre-installation check:

The installer is designed o be as simple as possible. It will check that all mandatory requirements are meet :

  1. The OS must be installed with minimal options. No other server management panel must be already installed, nor any web service. (Examples: Nginx, MySQL, Apache, PHP, FTP Server, Mail Server, etc.) They MUST BE REMOVED or use the ‘minimal install’ before installing Sentora!
  2. You MUST have a domain name registered and a SUB-DOMAIN pointing to your server computer IP,
    The main domain will be used to setup email service (like webmaster@MAIN-DOMAIN.TLD – The subdomain will be dedicated to access to Sentora panel
  3. You MUST open and forward required ports – in your modem or router, and on the server firewall.
    See the list of required ports here.

Once the above are ALL completed, you may begin to install Sentora on your server.


How to install Sentora

Installation script currently support the following operating systems/distributions:

  • CentOS 6 and 7
  • Ubuntu 12.04 and 14.04


To install use the latest ‘stable’ and officially supported version, please use the following command:

bash <(curl -L -Ss

Please report any errors that you find with the installers to bug tracking system.

Alternatively (and for testing purposes only) you can install the latest MASTER version like so:

bash <(curl -L -Ss

Please note that the MASTER branch installer above is ONLY recommended for developers and project staff!



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