How to install Plesk control panel on Linux

“How to install Plesk 8.x on a plain VPS / Dedicated server”

1) Important Pre-Installation Tasks :

Run the following command to get the Operating System bit version so that you can download the appropriate installer package.

[root@server ~]# uname -i

2) Check version and name of the Operating system installed on the server, for downloading the appropriate installer package by the this command :

[root@server ~]# cat /etc/redhat-release
CentOS release 5.2 (Final)

3) Check if Apache, PHP & MySQL are already installed on the server by :

[root@server ~]# rpm -qa | grep -i http
[root@server ~]# rpm -qa | grep -i php
[root@server ~]# rpm -qa | grep -i mysql

4) If the above are found to be installed [most of the time they are] by the OS, they conflict with the applications Plesk installs, hence remove them using…

[root@server ~]# yum remove http*
[root@server ~]# yum remove php*
[root@server ~]# yum remove mysql*

5) Check SELinux status, we have it disabled but still… execute “getenforce” it should say “Disabled” or “Not enforcing”. If it’s enforcing, disable it by executing: “setenforce 0″.

root@server [~]# getenforce

6) Change your working directory to where you want to download the Auto-installer utility:

root@server ~]# mkdir /root/plesk
[root@server ~]# cd /root/plesk

7) Now you can download the Auto-installer utility from here.
Or Also you can download it from here

eg: [root@serverplesk]# wget

8) Set the execution permission for Auto-installer:

[root@server plesk]# chmod 755 plesk_auto_installer_file_name

9) Now run the Auto-installer:


Read installation notes displayed on the screen and type ‘n’ to proceed to the next screen. Press ENTER.
You can select the product version which you want by typing the number corresponding to the product and press ENTER, then type ‘n’ and press ENTER to continue.

Here’s a sample of installing Plesk control panel 8.4 on CentOS 5.x

i) 1. [*] Plesk Control Panel
then the following product versions which are available are displayed:
5. (*) Plesk 8.4.0

Select the components that you wish to install by selecting the installation type for Plesk Control Panel.

By default, typical installation is selected. It includes a minimal number of packages required for Plesk to work. To install all components of Plesk including all Plesk modules and Web applications, select Full installation. To install only selected components, select Custom installation. In this screen, choose the proper installation type and press ENTER.

ii) Select the third [Custom] option by entering 3 & press ENTER.
3. (*) Custom
Custom components selection. Recommended only for experienced users.

To review the components that will be installed, type L and then press ENTER. The selected packages are marked with [*] symbols.
To select or deselect a package, type the corresponding number and press ENTER.

When there are several versions of a component available for installing, for example, PHP v. 4 and PHP v.5, then you can choose the version that you want to install..

To continue with installation, type ‘n’ and press ENTER. When prompted, confirm installing: type ‘n’ and press ENTER again.

The packages will be downloaded and installed automatically.
When the installation is finished a trial license key is installed for evaluation purposes & Plesk will have started automatically.

Now to complete the initial configuration, log in to the Plesk control panel running on your server by using the URL https://ip-address:8443/ and the username admin and default password is setup. Change this password upon first login for security reason.

You can confirm the plesk admin password from

cat /etc/psa/.psa.shadow

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