Chapter 1. Overview

Cockpit is a user-friendly web-based interface for administering servers. It allows monitoring system resources and adjusting configuration with ease.

1.1. What makes Cockpit unique?

  • Cockpit builds upon existing functionality.
  • There is no lock-in. Feel free to use other tools alongside Cockpit. Switch back and forth with ease.
  • Cockpit does not need special infrastructure or configuration. Once installed, it is ready to use.
  • When not in use, Cockpit uses no memory or CPU on the server.
  • Cockpit always updates its data to reflect the current state of the server, within seconds.
  • Cockpit stores no data or policy. People keep their system-wide permissions and use the system credentials.
  • Optionally take advantage of single sign-on with Kerberos.
  • Cockpit itself is not used for configuration management. However, Cockpit can interact with configuration management and custom server tools.

1.2. The role of this guide

This document helps you get started with Cockpit. It walks through installation, explains typical server configuration, and demonstrates the Cockpit interface in detail.