KISS Libre Hosting Panel
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KISS Libre Hosting Panel

Welcome in an actively developed keep-it-simple-and-stupid hosting panel designed for GNU/Linux operating systems. This software can be useful to serve everyday shared hosting services.

This panel is designed to respect the freedom of its users. It works without proprietary JavaScript. To be honest, without any line of JavaScript in any form.

This panel is designed to work without any external dependency not written by me. This allow fine-grained control over the software. It integrates with well-known and ultra-secure software packaged inside every GNU/Linux distribution in the world and used by millions of devices.

I would like to thank Giorgio Maone for his project NoScript, for the moral incentive, and Richard Stallman, for The JavaScript Trap paper.


FTP user administration:

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Mailbox administration:

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Activity log:

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Hosting plan administration:

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Centralized multi-MTA administration:

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Do not try to become a system administrator if you do not like responsibilities, if you do not want to understand your infrastructure, if you do not want to have information security paranoia, etc.


An hosting panel is just the iceberg summit of a lot of technologies and protocols involved. Do not try to implement such project in production if you do not know what you are doing. You must gain confidence with the technologies involved.


  • RFC 5321 - Simple Mail Transfer Protocol
  • RFC 7208 - Sender Policy Framework (SPF)
  • RFC 6376 - DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM) Signatures
  • RFC 7489 - Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting, and Conformance (DMARC)

Software involved:

  • Debian GNU/Linux stable (currently buster)
  • MariaDB / MySQL
  • Postfix
  • Dovecot
  • PureFTPd
  • OpenDKIM
  • PostSRSd
  • Apache HTTP server / nginx
  • PHP


Let me say that I love listening to the whishlist of my costumers. Here are the most important features/TODOs:

  • administration of own mailboxes (thanks to Postfix and Dovecot over MariaDB)
    • list
    • password reset
    • add
    • IMAP/SMTP documentation
    • view quota
    • remove
  • administration of own mail aliases (thanks to Postfix and Dovecot over MariaDB)
    • list
    • change forward destination(s)
    • add
    • remove
  • administration of own FTP accounts (thanks to Pure-FTPd over MariaDB)
    • list
    • add
    • remove
    • password reset
  • administration of own MariaDB databases
    • list own databases
    • list own users
    • change user password
  • administration of User(s)
    • create
    • password reset
    • create a Domain for that User
    • change login
    • change e-mail
  • plans
    • limit number of mailboxes per domain
    • limit number of mail forwardings
  • audit log
    • have an action log with translatable messages
    • have an action log with "clickable" things (<user foo created mailbox bar in date ...>)
    • see your last actions
    • see actions about specific objects (specific mailboxes, specific mail-forwardings, etc.)


Clone these somewhere:

git clone
git clone

Install a database server and other stuff for the web interface:

# database
sudo apt install mariadb-server

# web server
sudo apt install apache2 libapache2-mod-php libjs-bootstrap

Then create an empty database with a dedicated user (change the password!):

$ sudo mysql

CREATE DATABASE libre_hosting_panel;

CREATE USER libre_hosting_panel@localhost IDENTIFIED BY 'aaaah change me!';

GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON libre_hosting_panel.* TO libre_hosting_panel@localhost;

Now edit your panel configuration:

cp kiss-libre-hosting-panel/load-example.php kiss-libre-hosting-panel

nano kiss-libre-hosting-panel/load.php

Now install your database:


Now you should be able to create an user (change the password!):

./kiss-libre-hosting-panel/cli/add-user --uid admin  --pwd=please_change_meeee --role=admin --email=info@localhost --name="Super" --surname="Admin"

Now you can try your panel creating a dummy virtualhost in Apache like:

<virtualhost *:443>
	# you know what to do here
        ServerName localhost

	# path to the 'www' directory in the 'kiss-libre-hosting-panel' repository
	DocumentRoot /var/www/kiss-libre-hosting-panel/www

	# that's all!
a2ensite kiss-libre-hosting-panel

systemctl reload apache2
NOTE: If you want to use nginx instead of Apache note that this application uses the PATH_INFO feature. So it uses URLs like /mailbox.php/something because this shit works in Apache out-of-the-box but... not in nginx. Also, note that in Debian (and Ubuntu and everything...) Apache is configured in a cute way to serve the http://localhost/javascript with stuff in /usr/share/javascript but this is currently untrue in nginx. In short just use Apache if you have no fucking clue about what I'm telling about. Anyway, I want to note that Apache can scale as well as nginx if you know what you are doing so please stop shitstorming on Apache. It's stupid to insult your enemy without knowing him. asd
NOTE: Now you can play with your web panel without further steps.

Finally you can eventually install your hosting stuff:

# FTP server
apt install pure-ftpd-mysql

# mailserver
apt install postfix-mysql postfix-policyd-spf-python dovecot-mysql dovecot-imapd dovecot-pop3d spamassassin

You will find some useul configurations in kiss-libre-hosting-panel/documentation/etc.

Why PHP7

This project is writted in PHP7 because:

  • Node.js is not an hypertext preprocessor
  • Python is not an hypertext preprocessor
  • Ruby is not an hypertext preprocessor
  • Java is not an hypertext preprocessor. Well, Java JSP is an hypertext preprocessor but it's footprint is heavy as hell

This PHP7 application is stateless. Does not have sessions. It's well-designed. It scales. It has a minimal memory footprint. If you do not like it, you are free to implement such project with your favorite programming language, with your 200MB of dependencies and crap.

Report a bug

Report a feature


Copyright (C) 2018, 2019, 2020 Valerio Bozzolan - KISS Libre Hosting Panel

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Affero General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
See the GNU Affero General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU Affero General Public License along with this program. If not, see

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@0iras0r I've tested this guide and it works :)

Tell me if I can do something to further improve or simplify it.

valerio.bozzolan changed the title from Kiss Libre Hosting Panel to KISS Libre Hosting Panel.Mar 23 2021, 15:24