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Monitoring is sometimes a bit complicated because there are very complete tools that sometimes get us a bit confused. Today I will show you how to install Cockpit on Debian 10. A tool that stands out for its simplicity and ease of use.

Cockpit we like very much. It’s just that it’s pretty complete and easy to use the tool. Beyond monitoring, it allows us to control a Linux server through a web interface. Great, isn’t it?

In order to be a program used by multiple teams working on a server is that Cockpit has been carefully designed. In addition, it is friendly enough for those new to Linux and useful for seasoned admins too.

As I mentioned before, the installation of Cockpit is really simple since it is included in the official repositories of many Linux distributions.

As expected many sysadmins are experts in the use of the terminal and therefore using Cockpit is perfectly compatible with it. There’s even an embedded terminal in Cockpit.

In short, we are talking about a necessary program to complement the administration of a server efficiently.

So, let us start.

Install Cockpit on Debian 10

Cockpit is included in the official Debian 10 repositories. So we only need to use the following command:

:~$ sudo apt update 
:~$ sudo apt install cockpit --install-recommends
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following additional packages will be installed:
  cockpit-bridge cockpit-dashboard cockpit-networkmanager cockpit-packagekit cockpit-storaged cockpit-system cockpit-ws cracklib-runtime dirmngr dns-root-data
  dnsmasq-base dosfstools exfat-fuse exfat-utils exim4-base exim4-config exim4-daemon-light fuse gdisk glib-networking glib-networking-common glib-networking-services
  gnupg gnupg-l10n gnupg-utils gpg gpg-agent gpg-wks-client gpg-wks-server gpgconf gpgsm gsettings-desktop-schemas guile-2.2-libs libappstream4 libassuan0 libatasmart4
  libblockdev-crypto2 libblockdev-fs2 libblockdev-loop2 libblockdev-mdraid2 libblockdev-part-err2 libblockdev-part2 libblockdev-swap2 libblockdev-utils2 libblockdev2
  libbluetooth3 libbytesize1 libcrack2 libevent-2.1-6 libfribidi0 libgc1c2 libglib2.0-bin libgnutls-dane0 libgpgme11 libgsasl7 libgstreamer1.0-0 libjansson4
  libjson-glib-1.0-0 libjson-glib-1.0-common libksba8 libkyotocabinet16v5 liblzo2-2 libmailutils5 libmbim-glib4 libmbim-proxy libmm-glib0 libmpfr6 libndp0 libnm0
  libnpth0 libntfs-3g883 libntlm0 libpackagekit-glib2-18 libparted-fs-resize0 libparted2 libpcap0.8 libproxy1v5 libpwquality-common libpwquality-tools libpwquality1
  libpython2.7 libqmi-glib5 libqmi-proxy libssh-4 libstemmer0d libteamdctl0 libudisks2-0 libunbound8 libvolume-key1 mailutils mailutils-common mdadm modemmanager
  network-manager ntfs-3g packagekit packagekit-tools parted pinentry-curses ppp psmisc udisks2
Suggested packages:
  cockpit-doc cockpit-pcp cockpit-docker xdg-utils pinentry-gnome3 tor exim4-doc-html | exim4-doc-info eximon4 spf-tools-perl swaks parcimonie xloadimage scdaemon
  gstreamer1.0-tools libparted-dev libparted-i18n mailutils-mh mailutils-doc dracut-core libteam-utils appstream parted-doc pinentry-doc btrfs-progs f2fs-tools
  nilfs-tools reiserfsprogs xfsprogs udftools udisks2-bcache udisks2-btrfs udisks2-lvm2 udisks2-vdo udisks2-zram
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  cockpit cockpit-bridge cockpit-dashboard cockpit-networkmanager cockpit-packagekit cockpit-storaged cockpit-system cockpit-ws cracklib-runtime dirmngr dns-root-data
  dnsmasq-base dosfstools exfat-fuse exfat-utils exim4-base exim4-config exim4-daemon-light fuse gdisk glib-networking glib-networking-common glib-networking-services
  gnupg gnupg-l10n gnupg-utils gpg gpg-agent gpg-wks-client gpg-wks-server gpgconf gpgsm gsettings-desktop-schemas guile-2.2-libs libappstream4 libassuan0 libatasmart4
  libblockdev-crypto2 libblockdev-fs2 libblockdev-loop2 libblockdev-mdraid2 libblockdev-part-err2 libblockdev-part2 libblockdev-swap2 libblockdev-utils2 libblockdev2
  libbluetooth3 libbytesize1 libcrack2 libevent-2.1-6 libfribidi0 libgc1c2 libglib2.0-bin libgnutls-dane0 libgpgme11 libgsasl7 libgstreamer1.0-0 libjansson4
  libjson-glib-1.0-0 libjson-glib-1.0-common libksba8 libkyotocabinet16v5 liblzo2-2 libmailutils5 libmbim-glib4 libmbim-proxy libmm-glib0 libmpfr6 libndp0 libnm0
  libnpth0 libntfs-3g883 libntlm0 libpackagekit-glib2-18 libparted-fs-resize0 libparted2 libpcap0.8 libproxy1v5 libpwquality-common libpwquality-tools libpwquality1
  libpython2.7 libqmi-glib5 libqmi-proxy libssh-4 libstemmer0d libteamdctl0 libudisks2-0 libunbound8 libvolume-key1 mailutils mailutils-common mdadm modemmanager
  network-manager ntfs-3g packagekit packagekit-tools parted pinentry-curses ppp psmisc udisks2
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1.- Installing Cockpit on Debian 10
1.- Installing Cockpit on Debian 10

The second command not only installs Cockpit but also other recommended packages.

When the installation is finished, the service will be active and running.

And to access Cockpit, just use a current web browser and go to the following address:

https://your-server:9090

Make sure that the port is available on the firewall.

Then, you will see this.

2.- Cockpit on Debian 10
2.- Cockpit on Debian 10

Using cockpit

In that Log in screen, you only have to put your system credentials. Yes, the same ones you use to log in. If your user is in the sudo list you can check the option to reuse my password for privileged tasks. When you log in, you will see the following.

3.- Cockpit main screen
3.- Cockpit main screen

On the left side, you have all the driving options. For example, you can check the system logs:

4.- system logs
4.- system logs

In this case, there isn’t one in my system yet.

Then you can check the storage function.

5.- Storage function on Cockpit
5.- Storage function on Cockpit

A very useful function of Cockpit is the ability to monitor the state of the computer networks.

6.- Network status with Cockpit
6.- Network status with Cockpit

Also, managing system services such as postgreSQL, MariaDB or FTP are very easy thanks to Cockpit.

7.- Managing services with Cockpit
7.- Managing services with Cockpit

The sysadmin will appreciate that Cockpit includes a terminal ready to execute commands:

8.- Cockpit terminal
8.- Cockpit terminal

On the other hand, you can see the Cockpit dashboard there you will have information about the system resources.

9.- Cockpit on Debian 10
9.- Cockpit on Debian 10

So, enjoy this wonderfull tool.

Conclusion

Cockpit is one of those tools that works quite well and easily. That is, without complicated interfaces we can control a Linux server through a web interface. Now you know how to install it in Debian 10.

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