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3 Best Webmin Themes for modern Linux servers

My increased needs prompted me to dig and find the best Webmin theme that can enhance productivity and add some convenience. Webmin is one of my favorite software for WebUI based server administration, with or without a desktop environment. It makes Ubuntu and other Linux server administration tasks (eg. setting up scheduled cron jobs) a breeze. Previously, I have shown how to install Webmin on Ubuntu Server and secure it. I also showed you how to extend Webmin’s features by installing Webmin modules. I like Webmin so much that I added it my famous AtoMiC ToolKit, which makes installing and managing home server apps easier. But enough of Webmin praise. Now let me describe how to take your server WebUI to a whole new level with some of these best Webmin themes.

Best Webmin Themes or Skins

I do several of my admin tasks on WebUI, one of them being file editing. The default Webmin theme is great and lightweight. The recently upgraded file manager is awesome, yet navigation is not the best and reaching modules and folder locations of my interest were not the easiest of tasks. I found myself wasting a lot of time and clicking too many times to do these. [Read: How to install Shellinabox on ubuntu?]

This led me to do some research and find a good Webmin theme that can enhance my webmin experience. In this post, I am sharing what I found to help others out.

1. Authentic Theme

Update: Authentic theme is the new default Webmin theme since version 1.740.

First of all, let me blow the surprise and tell you upfront that Authentic is my favorite Webmin theme. Authentic is being very actively developed on GitHub (if you like it please consider donating to the project). It is a Webmin/Usermin/Virtualmin/Cloudmin theme based on Bootstrap and Font Awesome. Its development objective is to make the theme fully support Webmin and Usermin modules, be beautiful, fast, light and easy to use, and be compatible with all platforms and devices.

Authentic Theme Features:

  • Configurable theme options using Webmin UI
  • Favorites feature for any content page
  • Unprecedentedly convenient and complete navigation menu for both desktop and mobile
  • Notification slider for quick access to pushed system messages
  • Autocomplete for quick and effective navigation with ability to execute shell commands *
  • Hotkeys for quick access control
  • Dynamically updated page title based on current module
  • Security mail notifications
  • Code highlight when editing files manually
  • Extensive list of customizable theme options, with ability to embed user logos, styles and scripts
  • Extended support for File Manager and ConfigServer Security & Firewall modules

Listed below are some screenshots to show how awesome this Webmin skin is. Webmin Authentic Theme is responsive, meaning it adapts and displays well on devices of all form factors. As shown below, it displays well on both desktops and mobiles, although Authentic Filemin Theme is still not very responsive. But compared to the default it is significantly better. [Read: 5 Easy steps to Increase Shellinabox Security]

Authentic Theme for Webmin - Best Webmin Themes
Authentic Theme for Webmin – Desktop and Mobile

The layout of the left sidebar menu and icons are well thought out and in my opinion very modern looking. Most modern Linux servers should be able to run Authentic theme without any issues.

Webmin Authentic Theme Webmin Configuration
Webmin Authentic Theme Webmin Configuration

Two biggest features of File manager that sold me on this skin were 1) right-click context menu and 2) tabbed file browsing.

Webmin Authentic Filemin Theme
Webmin Authentic Theme File Manager

The file editor pops out and supports several shortcut keys that make coding very easy.

Best Webmin Theme - Authentic Theme File Editor
Webmin Authentic Theme File Editor

All supported shortcut keys can be viewed by clicking the “?” icon on the right-top corner of the editor. The favorites feature also makes reaching various sections of Webmin or folders a cakewalk. Hopefully, this summary shows why I think Authentic is one of the top Webmin themes.

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About the author


Anand is a self-learned computer enthusiast, a part-time blogger, and a Food Scientist by career. He has been blogging since 2010 on Linux, Ubuntu, Home/Media/File Servers, Smart Home Automation, and related HOW-TOs on htpcbeginner.com and smarthomebeginner.com.