Wed. Dec 4th, 2019

Host your Website

Read and learn

FatCow Web Hosting $1.00/mo* Trust your web hosting to the #1 web host provider, GoDaddy!

How to install the UniFi Controller Software on a Debian Based Linux Distro such as Ubuntu

1 min read

Amazon Affiliate Store

Gear we used on Kit

Affiliates that help us out and can get you discounts!

Affiliates We Love

Lawrence Systems Shirts and Swag

PIA Internet Access Affiliates Link
How to install the UniFi Controller Software on a Debian Based Linux Distro such as Ubuntu


14140 Pennsylvania Southgate MI 48195
[email protected]


[email protected]

28 thoughts on “How to install the UniFi Controller Software on a Debian Based Linux Distro such as Ubuntu

  1. You don't just pop it in the browser. You need the port 8443. For everybody like me who was WTFing all over the place, have a good close look at his URL in the browser. Replace the IP with yours and THAT will get you going.

    Still man, thanks for this. I was pulling my hair out trying to figure out how to connect to this thing.

  2. Great help. Linux is great but until now had to use Virtual box and windows whilst under pressure on site to get this working. I could download the Linux software from Ubiquitu, install it but there was no link to it to run it…Linux command line always seems to get things running in instances like these and in my case it didnt fail it worked first time

  3. Hi Lawrence, first off i have to say, your videos are awesome. I have learned alot from your walktroughs.

    I'm building a CCTV network for my business and i'm looking into UniFi, could you help me clarify if UniFi will do it for me?
    Currently, i got a hypervisor running at the office and one at home. I got alot of storage avaliable on both of these hypervisors and i was thinking to use them for storage and as a UniFi controller. I got 4 different stores where i want to pull camera streams from.

    How do i approach this setup in the most orderly fashion?

    Thanks again, hope to see some more pfSense stuff soon!

  4. Hello Lawrence. I have installed the Unifi Controller but the ip address doesn't work for me! I have 2 ethernet cards on the vm, tried both. How do I check if the controller is up and running ? What else can I do ? Please help. Great video btw!

  5. Thanks! Just a heads up for anyone having problems, the service failed to start for me. I had Java 9 installed and apparently this wont work with 9. I removed 9 and used 8 and it works now.

  6. Lawrence sorry for the delay.. i just follow every step you say, service is running (Linux Mint ) i enter on chrome perfect but when i put credentials it just says "invalid username or password". i try from another computer with windows wich is running correctly and everything is fine…any idea?

  7. Hi Lawrence, I’ve written a script to automate the UniFi Controller installation process. Great for installers who installs UniFi Controllers and newcomers alike!

    The script is easy to use (minimal user commands) and fast! In most cloud servers, this script takes LESS THAN 3 MINUTES to get UniFi controller up and running!

    General Debian/Ubuntu server:

    Raspberry Pi:

    Maybe you would like to review this in one of your videos? 🙂

  8. Great video! Thanks as always.

    Just wanted to add a few tips for others in this boat. You will notice Tom uses sudo apt-get install -f to retroactively pull down dependencies after the initial install fails. A, perhaps, cleaner way around this is to add the unifi repo to your install, and then pull down "unifi" with apt-get.

    I lifted these steps from the AWS guide (, and they work fine on a standard Ubuntu/Debian install:

    1. Add the Ubiquiti repository to /etc/apt/sources.list:
    echo "deb stable ubiquiti" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list

    2. Add the Ubiquiti GPG Key:
    sudo apt-key adv –keyserver –recv 06E85760C0A52C50

    3. Update the server's repository information:
    sudo apt-get update

    4. Install UniFi:
    sudo apt-get install unifi

    This will install the unifi controller for you (along with all dependencies during initial install), and I believe give you the ability to do a simple update in the future when a new unifi version is pushed to ubiquiti's unifi repo.

  9. Nice video buddy, but I got a problem…. I just did an install on a debian server just as you did on the video, but when I run the browser on a client machine and I put the ip address and its port it doesnt load the page… What can I do?

Comments are closed.

Copyright © All rights reserved. | Newsphere by AF themes.