How to Install Webmin on OS X 10.5 Server

Webmin is a powerful web based administration tool for UNIX and Linux operating systems. Now you can enjoy all that Webmin has to offer on your OS X 10.5.x Leopard Server.

System Requirements

Webmin will run on versions older than 10.5, but that usually requires additional software to be installed prior to setting up Webmin. For purposes of this HelpFile, you need OS X 10.5.x Server.


Go to Webmin website, and download the TAR package to your server. Extract it to "/usr/local", it should automatically create a sub directory named "".

Open a terminal and run the following commands:
*Be sure to properly substitute the correct name of your webmin directory.

sudo -s
cd /usr/local/

The Webmin setup script will guide you through the rest of the setup. It's safe to accept the defaults, and make sure you type in a secure password.

Accessing Webmin

It's as simple as opening up a web browser and going to the web address shown to you at the end of the webmin installation. For example:

Enter the username and password you created, and your all set.


I recently learned of Webmin and would be interested to know if it works with Snow Leopard Server. I'd use Leopard server, except the web calendars work so much better with Snow Leopard... any ideas?

The differences between Leopard and Snow Leopard (on the Unix side of things) are very minimal and Webmin should (at the very least) run on it. Not 100% sure if it will work as desired since Webmin on OS X still has it's minor issues. Best thing I can suggest is to go ahead and follow my install instructions and report any bugs to the Webmin developers.

Sun, 03/07/2010 - 08:25

Mac OS X Leopard non server version

Hi just adding followed your simple instructions.
Found there was no /local in /usr so mkdir wala

From there i proceeded with your instructions
and all is well :-)

Webmin has been installed and started successfully. Use your web
browser to go to (localhost in this case).

Thank you was looking for another alternative to Cpanel (not an option?)
and iTools great but not quite what i was after.

This should do nicely many thanks.