How to update the directadmin license manually

cd /usr/local/directadmin/scripts
./ 123 1234
service directadmin restart



Updating your DirectAdmin License manually Last Modified: Aug 22, 2013, 3:57 pm

If you need to update your DirectAdmin license manually, you can do so by running the following commands:

cd /usr/local/directadmin/scripts
./ 123 1234
service directadmin restart

Where 123 and 1234 are your Client ID and License ID, respectively. If there are errrors extracting the update.tar.gz file, then run:
head -n 1 /usr/local/directadmin/conf/license.key

to search for an error. If there is an readable error inside the file, double check the IP you are using matches the IP in the license on our system.  Also check that it’s active in our clients section.  Failing that, you’ll need to contact to get your license activated or updated.

If you have multiple IPs on your device and wget is binding to the incorrect one, you can specify the IP to bind to by adding it as the last argument:

cd /usr/local/directadmin/scripts
./ 123 1234
service directadmin restart

If you’re not able to connect to port 443 on (https), or are not getting any results (no returned data), it may be a block somewhere on 443.
For that case, you can try using port 80 to get the license.  To do this, type:

echo 1 > /root/.insecure_download

and the scripts will automatically download over port 80, without encryption.

If you get errors during the restart, eg:

Stopping DirectAdmin: [ FAILED ]
Starting DirectAdmin: [ OK ]

your PID file may be out of sync. In the case, restart directadmin forcefully:

killall -9 directadmin
/etc/init.d/directadmin start

Retry the restart command, to ensure that both the “Stopping” and “Starting” sections are “[ OK ]”.

If you cannot connect to port 2222 at all, see this guide:

July 16, 2013: New license relay server

If you cannot connect to via any means, a new script has been added to let you get the license via a license relay server.
More info and fallback automation will come in time, but for now, manually running this from your server will work:

cd /usr/local/directadmin/conf
cp -f license.key license.key.old
wget -O license.key –no-check-certificate ‘
chown diradmin:diradmin license.key
chmod 600 license.key

You must connect from your server using the correct IP address.  Use the –bind-address= option if needed, to force the correct IP.


directadmin admin password location and how to reset


DirectAdmin determines the admin password during installation and saves these passwords into the file called setup.txt. If you havent changed this password, you can find it in this file, to see the file contents:

less /usr/local/directadmin/scripts/setup.txt

adminpass= you can find admin password here, and if you didn’t change it after installing you should be able to log in to your admin interface

to change admin password by ssh or console, write:

passwd admin

and enter your new password.