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How to Install OpenLitespeed Web Server (Ubuntu 18.04)

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LiteSpeed is a web server developed and owned by LiteSpeed Technologies.  HostWinds installs the LiteSpeed Web Server Enterprise Edition (LSWS) on all Business Web Hosting servers to provide the fastest possible performance for multiple websites.

LiteSpeed Technologies also offers a FREE Edition of LSWS called OPENLiteSpeed.  OPENLiteSpeed has similar features as the Enterprise Edition,  but it lacks several 3rd-party plugins and extensions by comparison. 

Installation of the FREE version of LSWS (OpenLiteSpeed) will be covered in this guide. 


We suggest taking a snapshot backup of your server before continuing with this guide.

Installation Steps

1 – Update System Packages

sudo apt update


2 – Install OpenLiteSpeed Dependencies

sudo apt-get install -y build-essential
sudo apt-get install -y rcs libpcre3-dev libexpat1-dev libssl-dev libgeoip-dev libudns-dev zlib1g-dev libxml2 libxml2-dev libpng-dev openssl


3 – Create Directory

sudo mkdir /opt/OpenLiteSpeed
cd /opt/OpenLiteSpeed


4 – Check Latest Version of OpenLiteSpeed (Firefox, Chrome, Vivaldi, etc)

Use your browser to visit this URL –


5 – Download Latest or Preferred Version of OpenLiteSpeed



6 – Unpack the OpenLiteSpeed Archive File and install

(OpenLiteSpeed will be automatically installed in /usr/local/lsws)

cd openlitespeed-1.6.4/
sudo ./


7 – Configure OpenLiteSpeed

sudo /usr/local/lsws/admin/misc/

Below is the OUTPUT on the screen from command above:


  • Please specify the user name of administrator
  • This is the user name required to login the administration Web interface
    • User name [admin]:  <accept default or enter preferred name>


  • Please specify the administrator’s password.
  • This is the password required to login the administration Web interface.
    • Password:
    • Retype password:


  • Administrator’s username/password is updated successfully!



8 – Start OpenLiteSpeed web server

sudo /usr/local/lsws/bin/lswsctrl start


sudo /etc/init.d/lsws start


9 – Welcome page is at http://<your-IP>:8088  OR  http://<your-domain>:8088

Tutorial] How to setup and login to OpenLiteSpeed webadmin console ...


10 – ADMIN page is at http://<your-IP>:7080  OR  http://<your-domain>:7080

screenshot of the default OpenLiteSpeed demo page


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