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1/27/2012 – Choosing the right operating system for cPanel

Posted by Jamison on 27 01 2012.

Since 1997, cPanel has provided web hosts with a stable and affordable interface for their clients. As part of the company’s commitment to its customers, cPanel integrates with a variety of operating systems (OS). This flexibility allows cPanel’s customers to operate the servers and operating systems that suit their own personal and specific needs. This further allows these web hosts to provide their own clients with perhaps the best point-and-click hosting solution available – cPanel.


cPanel supports the following operating systems:


  • CentOS versions 4.x, 5.x, 6.x
  • Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® versions 4.x, 5.x, 6.x
  • FreeBSD®-RELEASE versions 7.3, 7.4, 8.0, 8.1, 8.2
  • CloudLinux 5.x, 6.x

In addition, cPanel also supports the following virtual environments:


  • KVM
  • Linux-VServer
  • Microsoft Server® 2008 Hyper-V
  • OpenVZ (stable releases only)
  • Oracle VM VirtualBox, VirtualBox OSE
  • Virtuozzo™
  • VMware® Server, VMware® ESX Server
  • Xen, XenEnterprise™, XenExpress™, XenServer™


Many of us have our own preference that normally determines which operating system we use on our servers. These preferences are often the result of our own experiences and bias’. However, the tried and proven operating system for many server uses is based on the Linux kernel. This is easy to see from the operating system list above. The exception to this is in FreeBSD, which is a separate OS.


The supported virtual environments that cPanel supports includes several OSs, with many of them being non-Linux environments. This shows a great deal of flexibility for cPanel.


While there are many variables to consider when selecting which OS to use with your servers, reliability, security, and scalability, are some important factors to consider. It is also worthy of a mention at this point that it is beyond the scope for us to recommend a particular OS for your environment. This is a decision that must be made to fit your particular situation.


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