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Ever wanted to have a place where you could keep your files and access them anywhere you get an Internet connection? Say you wanted to have your music library available in case you wanted to give a song to one of your friends, or maybe you wanted to let your relatives download your entire library of vacation photos, or maybe you need a place to host programs you write or maps you make. How about a Web page? Ever wanted to have your own Web page? All of these can be accomplished with a home Web server...and more!

It's actually really simple to set up a Web server at home. I'm going to use this while I'm away at college to host game servers, have an offsite file backup, and share files with friends. Since the PC hosting the server will be at my house and I will be in my dorm room, obviously I can't just walk over and start changing system settings, so we'll need some kind of remote access.

Also, obviously, you'll need a dedicated PC, one you can leave running and leave connected at all times. What good is a server that goes down all the time? This PC doesn't have to be great, but remember, the more you run on it, the faster the PC needs to be to not lag (duh).
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goranhoblaj16 days ago

I be new on instructables.....

Question... My Internet privider change every 24 hours my IP.....

These is problem, while today is domain with one IP, tomorow with another etc...

If I wish only one IP, als provider, this cost to much.....

Thanks, and This what You write of home server is whery good... BRAVO!!!!

goran, MyPrototips

Shell is for the output of the server. If you want to access your output by pressing Ctrl + Alt + F1 then set it to /dev/tty1. It works for tty1-6 only (even if browsing /dev/ gives you 64 ttys) because Ctrl + Alt + F7 is your desktop.

SharanS31 month ago
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SureshK142 months ago

its very nice


MrSTUDofRC1 year ago

I cannot seem to get "sudo apt-get install proftpd" to work - it can't find the package - even when I do do "aptitude update" - please help

smaw51 MrSTUDofRC3 months ago

The package name was changed to gadmin-proftpd

smaw51 MrSTUDofRC3 months ago

I've got the same issue, did you figure it out yet?

MaanavS7 months ago

can you boot from a USB drive and if so what are specs need? USB 3.0? 64 GB?

ShaneF2 MaanavS3 months ago

yes and a usb 2.0 or higher will work I use an 8 gb but you only need a 4 gb to hold the os but Iwould get bigger so that you can store your files.

I think not,it will work only when it is connected to computer

SeAN153 months ago


If I wouldn't use an old desktop, would something like this work?

SeAN153 months ago

Is it possible to use any low end desktop? How would you know if somethings a good server? Checking it's specs?

dillonxti3 months ago
I made one with an android and bit webserver app
mudassira3 months ago
when i open dns registered with noip.com it open my home router's page. it does not open webpage from web directory.

Read it tip to toe! Awesome article. Gained a lot. Thanks!

hsnyc made it!4 months ago

Having your own web server gives you so much possibilities.. and it is a great way to learn Web Development too. Mine has been running since 2012! I am using an HP Proliant mini server which runs cool and quiet. Here is how I built it --> http://hsnyc.co/how-to-host-your-own-website-using-wamp-server/

chatmilitary6 months ago

In order to run a server for 1 mil members how much ram and store capacity do I need?

Whoa,idk,depends how much files does a registered user takes in your server,and depends on its size

Logan L.J5 months ago

can I set up an owncloud server on my windows 7 laptop and keep windows?

yes you can,see here


black.hell0075 months ago

u still not teeling us how to do it

can i contact you ?

ganganimaulik6 months ago

great tutorial :) :D

PlabonA6 months ago

I have use http://besthost.tld.cc for my site. and the result is good

MaanavS7 months ago

I have a computer that has about 65 gb of ram and a 5TB hardrive

im gonna use this as a server for a couple of months so will i be able to remove ubantu from my PC without causing damage to any of my files or windows 8 os

DarkS19 months ago

i think they should make, how it works rather than how to set it up. wth is goin on while you do the clicking.

RishitB9 months ago

are we supposed to select "standalone sever" or "service form inetd" in the proftpd installation?

9DIGI9 months ago

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joe.hughes.12510 months ago

I have started the install process (step 3). I've elected to install Ubuntu with Windows 7. When I reboot my laptop I do not get the operating system bootloader (GRUB). What corrective actions do you recommend? Thank you.

vishal411 year ago

very very good

SHeriff191 year ago

It works for streaming internet Radio ??

eamc3171 year ago

Awesome! Thank you very much!

fluttrz1 year ago

I have to just say after i read "This PC doesn't have to be great, but remember, the more you run on it, the faster the PC needs to be to not lag (duh)." I have to say I had to sign up right then and there. TOTAL HONESTY very nice touch. And I am very glad I did register your site is THE SITE I have been searching for, to bad it took ... lets just say WAY TO LONG to find it. I will be passing your site on to all those that will listen. Great job. Oh and thank you.

Hi every one,

Can any one tell me about the look of this server? Can I attach this server with the website like with user name and password box is it?

Its my skype: smartlink4u (add me for discuses)

hi great instructable you it helped me greatly
thesush2 years ago
Hi great instructable !! I just have a question about trouble shooting. When I try to search my internet ip it says my internet server can not be found. I suppose this means my port forwarding isn't working however I trying to troubleshoot this and nothing seems to be working :(. Any suggestions? Thanks!

Such a great instructable !

I really want to make a home web server too but will wait until you make an upto date windows server as i only know windows 1 !!!

Many thanks in advance for the Up and Coming Updated Windows Server for Home users-hack-thing-instructable, lol !!!
I have one question before I attempt this. Does the size of the hard drive matter?
I notice in your specs it says a 60 GB HDD, but is that enough to hold all of the data that your server is going to handle? I only ask because the PC I want to do this with has an 80 GB HDD
blazed013 years ago
Hello, I'll try to set-up a web hosting using ubuntu server 11.10 but, when i try do the step a got error also when i try install apache2, and the GUI. I don't what to do....please help me. thanks!
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