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How To Fix “Unable to Connect” Error When Connecting to Webmin

Ubuntu 11

Webmin is a popular web-based interface used for system administration for Unix. It makes managing Apache, MySQL, DNS, file sharing, and other tasks easier. However, you may encounter an “Unable to Connect” error when trying to access Webmin. This article will guide you through several methods to resolve this issue.

Check the URL

Firstly, ensure you’re using the correct URL to access Webmin. The default URL is http://localhost:10000 or https://localhost:10000 if you have set up HTTPS. If you’re accessing Webmin from a remote computer, replace ‘localhost’ with the server’s IP address or hostname.

Ensure Webmin is Running

Webmin might not be running, causing the connection error. You can check if Webmin is running by executing the following command in the terminal:

sudo service webmin status

If Webmin is not running, you can start it with:

sudo service webmin start

If you want Webmin to start automatically when your computer boots, you can create a script in /etc/init.d.

  1. Create a new file named webmin in /etc/init.d using a text editor like nano:
sudo nano /etc/init.d/webmin
  1. Copy the provided startup script from the Webmin documentation and paste it into the file.
  2. Save and close the file. Make the script executable with:
sudo chmod 755 /etc/init.d/webmin
  1. Add the script to the startup procedure with:
sudo update-rc.d webmin defaults

After these steps, Webmin should start automatically with your computer.

Reinstall Webmin

If you’re still experiencing issues, you may need to reinstall Webmin. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Uninstall the current Webmin installation:
sudo /etc/webmin/
  1. Install the necessary dependencies:
sudo apt-get install perl libnet-ssleay-perl openssl libauthen-pam-perl libpam-runtime libio-pty-perl apt-show-versions python
  1. Download the latest .deb file from the Webmin website or use wget to download it:
  1. Install the .deb file:
sudo dpkg -i webmin_1.970_all.deb

Now, Webmin should be installed and configured. You can access it at https://localhost:10000 using your username and password.

Check Firewall Settings

If you’re still unable to connect, your firewall settings may be blocking the connection. You can allow connections on port 10000 by executing the following command:

sudo iptables -A INPUT -p tcp -d 0/0 -s 0/0 --dport 10000 -j ACCEPT

This command adds a rule to your iptables firewall to accept all incoming connections on port 10000. Save your iptables rules with:

sudo service iptables save

This command will ensure that the changes persist after a reboot.


In this article, we’ve covered several methods to fix the “Unable to Connect” error when connecting to Webmin. If you continue to experience issues, the Webmin documentation and community are excellent resources for additional help.

How do I access Webmin from a remote computer?

To access Webmin from a remote computer, you need to replace ‘localhost’ in the URL with the server’s IP address or hostname. For example, if the server’s IP address is, the URL would be or if using HTTPS.

How can I change the port number for Webmin?

To change the port number for Webmin, you need to edit the miniserv.conf file. This file is usually located in the /etc/webmin directory. Open the file with a text editor and locate the line that starts with port=. Change the number after the equal sign to the desired port number. Save the file and restart Webmin for the changes to take effect.

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