In this article, we’ll explain you how to install Caddy on Ubuntu 20.04. This article will guide you with the installation process and host a website.
The Caddy web server is an open-source web server written in Go. It is designed around simplicity and security that comes with a number of features that are useful for hosting websites. Caddy is both a flexible, efficient static file server and a powerful, scalable reverse proxy.
- A Ubuntu install dedicated server or KVM VPS.
- A root user access or normal user with administrative privileges.
1. Keep the server up to date
# apt update -y && apt upgrade -y
2. Install Caddy
Following command will install and automatically starts and runs Caddy for you as a systemd service named caddy using our official caddy.service unit file.
First, add GPG key using following command:
# curl -1sLf ‘https://dl.cloudsmith.io/public/caddy/stable/gpg.key' | sudo apt-key add -
Next, add repository and update it:
# curl -1sLf ‘https://dl.cloudsmith.io/public/caddy/stable/debian.deb.txt' | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/caddy-stable.list
# apt update
Finally, install Caddy using following command:
# apt install caddy
Now, navigate to your browser and enter your server IP or domain name:
3. Configure Domain with Caddy
Before moving following, first set up domain’s A/AAAA DNS record at your registrar or control panel.
Note: Replace hostnextra.com with your domain name
Create a directory for your website files
# mkdir -p /var/www/html/hostnextra.com
Next, if you are using SELinux than you need to change the file security context for web content. (Optional)
# chcon -t httpd_sys_content_t /var/www/html/hostnextra.com -R
# chcon -t httpd_sys_rw_content_t /var/www/html/hostnextra.com -R
Now, open Caddy’s configuration file and add your domain name and change website’s root directory.
# vi /etc/caddy/Caddyfile
Replace :80 with your domain name and change the site root to /var/www/html/hostnextra.com as
Once you done with the changes reload the caddy.service to reflect the changes.
# systemctl reload caddy
Now, create a index.html file in /var/www/html/hostnextra.com using following command:
# echo ‘<!doctype html><head><title>Hello from Caddy!</title></head><body><h1 style=”font-family: sans-serif”>This page is being served via Caddy</h1></body></html>’ | sudo tee /var/www/html/hostnextra.com/index.html
Finally, refresh the page in your browser and you will see our newly created index.html.
In this article, we have seen how to install Caddy on Ubuntu 20.04.