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How to Install Caddy on AlmaLinux 8

In this article, we’ll explain you how to install Caddy on AlmaLinux 8.  Host your website on Caddy web server.

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.

Prerequisites

Install Caddy on AlmaLinux 8

1. Keep the server up to date

# dnf update -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.

# dnf install 'dnf-command(copr)'

# dnf copr enable @caddy/caddy

# dnf install caddy -y

Next, start and enable caddy.service using following command:

# systemctl start caddy && systemctl enable caddy

Configure Firewall

Assuming that you are using firewalld as your server’s firewall, run following command to add the HTTP and HTTPS port in the firewall.

# firewall-cmd --add-port=80/tcp --permanent

# firewall-cmd --add-port=443/tcp --permanent

# firewall-cmd --reload

Now, navigate to your browser and enter your server IP or domain name:

http://Server-IP

OR

http://example.com

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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 /usr/share/hostnextra.com/

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 /usr/share/hostnextra.com/ as

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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 /usr/share/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 AlmaLinux 8.

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