WHMCS is a popular web hosting automation platform that enables hosting providers to manage billing, support, and client management tasks. Softaculous is a user-friendly software installer available in cPanel that simplifies the installation of various applications, including WHMCS. This KB article provides step-by-step instructions on how to install WHMCS using Softaculous in cPanel, allowing you to quickly set up and utilize WHMCS for your hosting business.

Step 1: Accessing cPanel

  1. Open your preferred web browser and enter the URL for your cPanel login page. Typically, this is accessed by appending "/cpanel" to your domain name (e.g.,
  2. Enter your cPanel login credentials (username and password) and click "Log in."

Step 2: Locating Softaculous in cPanel

  1. After logging in to cPanel, scroll down to the "Software" section.
  2. Look for the Softaculous Apps Installer icon and click on it to access the Softaculous interface.

Step 3: Searching for WHMCS in Softaculous

  1. In the Softaculous interface, you will find a search bar at the top-left corner.
  2. Enter "WHMCS" in the search bar and press Enter or click the search icon.

Step 4: Initiating the WHMCS Installation

  1. Once the search results appear, locate the WHMCS application and click on it.
  2. On the WHMCS overview page, click the "Install" button to initiate the installation process.

Step 5: Configuring the WHMCS Installation

  1. In the installation settings, you will need to provide the necessary details:
    • Choose Protocol: Select the appropriate protocol (HTTP or HTTPS) from the dropdown menu.
    • Choose Domain: Select the domain on which you want to install WHMCS from the dropdown menu.
    • In Directory: Leave this field blank if you want to install WHMCS directly on the chosen domain (e.g., ""). Enter a directory name if you want to install WHMCS in a subdirectory (e.g., "").
    • Admin Username: Enter a username for the WHMCS admin account.
    • Admin Password: Enter a secure password for the WHMCS admin account.
    • Admin Email: Enter the email address associated with the WHMCS admin account.
    • Language: Choose your preferred language for WHMCS.
  2. Scroll down to review and customize any additional settings if desired.
  3. Click the "Install" button at the bottom of the page to start the WHMCS installation.

Step 6: Completing the Installation

  1. Softaculous will now install WHMCS using the provided configuration.
  2. Once the installation is complete, you will see a success message with links to access your WHMCS installation and admin area.

Conclusion: By following these steps, you can easily install WHMCS using Softaculous in cPanel. Softaculous simplifies the installation process, allowing you to quickly set up WHMCS and start managing your hosting business efficiently. Remember to update your WHMCS installation with the latest security patches and regularly backup your data to ensure smooth operation. If you encounter any difficulties or have further questions, please reach out to your hosting provider's support team for assistance.