A List Of Free And Open Source Control Panels


To manage your businesses and your websites remotely you need to use control panel. With such tool you will have the possibility to manage all your web services under the same location which is very fantastic. Without control panel, you will need to install or compile specific tools such as: Php, MySQL and others on your host server which is not usually recommended with normal people. Since they need to have technical knowledge. With control panel, no expert knowledge of server administration is needed, just install it and benefit of its features. These web based control panels offers you the possibility also to manage your emails accounts, FTP accounts, disk space, bandwidth and many others.

The most known and powerful control panels are cPanel and Plesk. Unfortunately they are paid softwares and a monthly fee will be demanded to install them on the suitable server. But don’t worry, there are other alternative open source control panels available for every one with the same features and no fees are required. You will discover those tools in our article then later you can give us your attitudes.


ISPconfig is Open source, BSD-licensed, hosting control panel for Linux, designed to manage Apache, BIND, FTP, and databases, supporting many Linux distributions.With the ISPConfig Monitor App, you can check your server status and find out if all services are running as expected. You can check TCP and UDP ports and ping your servers. ISPConfig is multiserver-capable, you can check all servers that are controlled from your ISPConfig master server.


Concerning its features we can list the following:

  • Manage one or more servers from one control panel.
  • Supports Many Linux Distributions
  • Support For Many Daemons
  • Managed Services
  • Translated In More Than 20 Languages

For download and usage instructions, please visit the official website.


ZPanel is a free and complete web hosting control panel for Microsoft® Windows™ and POSIX (Linux, UNIX and MacOSX) based servers. ZPanel is written in PHP and uses several open-source (or freely available) software packages to provide a secure, web hosting system.


ZPanel comes with a core set of ‘essential’ modules to help you run a web hosting service these range from Server resource monitoring to DNS management.

The core comes includes Apache Web Server, hMailServer,FileZilla Server, MySQL, PHP, Webalizer, RoundCube, phpMyAdmin, phpSysInfo, FTP Jailing and many more.

For download and usage instructions, please visit the official website


OpenPanel is a is another free open source control panel. It has lots of functionality, an attractive interface and is very user friendly. OpenPanel is a platform for developers. Because it is extremely open and modular it can be utilized to control any process on a Linux server. The OpenPanel graphical user interface is a modern JavaScript application with a a simple, modern design.


We can list the following features of OpenPanel:

  • Inviting and attractive interface
  • Easy-to-use Command Line Interface
  • Full control over all technical processes
  • Easy to add modules in order to provision new services

For download and usage instructions, please visit the official website


Webmin is a web-based interface for system administration for Unix. Using any modern web browser, you can setup user accounts, Apache, DNS, file sharing and much more. Webmin removes the need to manually edit Unix configuration files like /etc/passwd, and lets you manage a system from the console or remotely.


We can list the following features of Webmin

  • Configure and create virtual server on Apache.
  • Manage, install or delete a software packages (RPM format).
  • For security you can set up firewall.
  • Modify DNS settings, IP address, routing configuration.
  • Manage database, tables and fields on MySQL.

For download and usage instructions, please visit the official website.


Sentora provides the most common control panel features ‘out of the box’ but when you need more head over to our ‘add-ons store’ and download third-party modules, translations and even theme sets.

Sentora is based on the solid foundations of ZPanel and developed by the original team, Sentora provides a robust open-source web hosting control panel for small to medium ISPs.


Sentora is designed to simplify web hosting management, it gives your clients the ability to quickly and easily manage their web hosting. Sentora Add-ons store provides  users with a central repository to install, rate, sell and publish modules, themes and localisations.

For download and usage instructions, please visit the official website.

CentOS Web Panel CWP

CentOS Web Panel CWP – Free Web Hosting control panel is designed for quick and easy management of (Dedicated & VPS) servers without of need to use ssh console for every little thing. There is lot’s of options and features for server management in this control panel.


CentOS Web Panel come with lots of features and free services:

  • Automatically installs full LAMP on your server
  • Apache Web Server (Mod Security + OWASP rules optional)
  • Varnish Cache server (improve your server performances by 3x)
  • DoS protection from the Slow-Loris attacks

For more information, you can visit the official website.

The description of our selected free and open source control panels systems in this article now is finished. Of course, there are other tools we don’t mention, if you want to include them in our article please feel free to leave a comment here with a brief description of the suggested tools. Thank you for reviewing our article and please don’t forget to share it.