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WebAdmin Console Issues

WebAdmin Page is Unavailable

Here are some possible reasons why your LiteSpeed Web Server WebAdmin page may not be available.

Firewall is Blocking Port 7080

On occasion you may run into problems accessing the LSWS WebAdmin Console. We have found that in most cases this is due to it being blocked by a firewall. LSWS uses port 7080 for the WebAdmin Console/Panel by default. This port must be open to be accessible from outside of your server.

With LSWS started, run the following command from your hosting machine to check if there are any processes listening on port 7080:

netstat -na | grep 7080

If so, take a further step to verify what that process is:

curl -i http://localhost:7080

If it returns the correct output, something similar to Server:LiteSpeed, then the LSWS WebAdmin Console is working as intended within your server, but is likely being blocked by your firewall.

At this point you should check your firewall rules and either append allow rules or remove blocking rules as needed. Use the following command to list your current rules in iptables:

iptables -L 

If using cPanel and CFS, there are options to add this TCP port to the allow list.

In most scenarios, the above steps should fix the problem.

Different Admin Port

If you are still unable to access the WebAdmin Console, check your LSWS Admin configuration to see if the default admin listener address value of *:7080 has been changed. If so, open the correct port accordingly. You can find the admin configuration file in:


Error 403 in LiteSpeed WebAdmin

There is an option to restrict access to the WebAdmin. If you forget to add your IP address, or if it changes, you can edit it from the configuration file in /usr/local/lsws/admin/conf/admin_config.xml:


Put your IP address in the allow list. For multiple IP addresses it looks like this:


External Firewall

If, after these steps, you are still unable to access the WebAdmin Console page, it is possible that some external firewall may be causing the problem. If this is the case you will have to find it and change it accordingly.

LSWS is not Running

If LiteSpeed Web Server is not running, then the LiteSpeed Web Server WebAdmin page won't be available for sure.

Check if LSWS is running:

ps -ef | grep litespeed

On cPanel, you may be running Apache instead of LSWS at the moment. The following command should show which server is currently running:

ps -ef | grep httpd  

Last update: October 16, 2023