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Getting Started

This section will help you get Hestia installed on your server. If you already have Hestia installed and are just looking for options, you can skip this page.


The installer needs to be run as root, either directly from the terminal or remotely, using SSH. If you do not do this, the installer will not proceed.



Hestia must be installed on top of a fresh operating system installation to ensure proper functionality. If on a VPS/KVM, and there is already an admin account, either delete that default admin ID, or use --force to continue with the installation. See custom installation below for further details.

CPU1 core, 64-bit4 cores
Memory1 GB (no SpamAssassin and ClamAV)4 GB
Disk10 GB HDD40 GB SSD
Operating SystemDebian 10, 11 or 12
Ubuntu 20.04, 22.04 LTS
Latest Debian
Latest Ubuntu LTS


Hestia only runs on AMD64 / x86_64 and ARM64 / aarch64 processors. It also requires a 64bit operating system! We currently do not support i386 or ARM7-based processors.

Supported operating systems

  • Debian 10, 11 or 12
  • Ubuntu 20.04 or 22.04


Hestia does not support non-LTS Operating systems. If you install it on, for example, Ubuntu 21.10, you will not receive support from us.

Regular installation

Interactive installer that will install the default Hestia software configuration.

Step 1: Download

Download the installation script for the latest release:


If the download fails due to an SSL validation error, please be sure you've installed the ca-certificate package on your system - you can do this with the following command:

apt-get update && apt-get install ca-certificates

Step 2: Run

To begin the installation process, simply run the script and follow the on-screen prompts:


You will receive a welcome email at the address specified during installation (if applicable) and on-screen instructions after the installation is completed to log in and access your server.

Custom installation

If you want to customise which software gets installed, or want to run an unattended installation, you will need to run a custom installation.

To view a list of available options, run

bash -h

List of installation options


An easier way to choose your installation options is by using the Install string generator.

To choose what software gets installed, you can provide flags to the installation script. You can view the full list of options below.

-a, --apache Install Apache [yes | no] default: yes
-w, --phpfpm Install PHP-FPM [yes | no] default: yes
-o, --multiphp Install MultiPHP [yes | no] default: no
-v, --vsftpd Install VSFTPD [yes | no] default: yes
-j, --proftpd Install ProFTPD [yes | no] default: no
-k, --named Install BIND [yes | no] default: yes
-m, --mysql Install MariaDB [yes | no] default: yes
-M, --mysql8 Install Mysql8 [yes | no] default: no
-g, --postgresql Install PostgreSQL [yes | no] default: no
-x, --exim Install Exim [yes | no] default: yes
-z, --dovecot Install Dovecot [yes | no] default: yes
-Z, --sieve Install Sieve [yes | no] default: no
-c, --clamav Install ClamAV [yes | no] default: yes
-t, --spamassassin Install SpamAssassin [yes | no] default: yes
-i, --iptables Install Iptables [yes | no] default: yes
-b, --fail2ban Install Fail2ban [yes | no] default: yes
-q, --quota Filesystem Quota [yes | no] default: no
-d, --api Activate API [yes | no] default: yes
-r, --port Change Backend Port default: 8083
-l, --lang Default language default: en
-y, --interactive Interactive install [yes | no] default: yes
-s, --hostname Set hostname
-e, --email Set admin email
-p, --password Set admin password
-D, --with-debs Path to Hestia debs
-f, --force Force installation
-h, --help Print this help


bash \
	--interactive no \
	--hostname host.domain.tld \
	--email [email protected] \
	--password p4ssw0rd \
	--lang fr \
	--apache no \
	--named no \
	--clamav no \
	--spamassassin no

This command will install Hestia in French with the following software:

  • Nginx Web Server
  • PHP-FPM Application Server
  • MariaDB Database Server
  • IPtables Firewall + Fail2Ban Intrusion prevention software
  • Vsftpd FTP Server
  • Exim Mail Server
  • Dovecot POP3/IMAP Server

What’s next?

By now, you should have a Hestia installation on your server. You are ready to add new users, so that you (or they) can add new websites on your server.

To access your control panel, navigate to https://host.domain.tld:8083 or http://your.public.ip.address:8083

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