Web domains and SSL Certicates

How do Web templates work?


Modifying templates could cause errors on the server and services that are not able to reload or start.

Everytime you rebuild the user or domain the config files of the domain are overwritten by the new templates. This happens when: - HestiaCP is updated - the admin initiates it - the user modifies settings

The templates can be found in the /data/templates/ directory in the install folder. For webservers they consist of an initializer script (.sh), a default template (.tpl) and an ssl template (.stpl).

Template locations
Service Location
Nginx (Proxy) /usr/local/hestia/data/templates/web/nginx/
Nginx - PHP FPM /usr/local/hestia/data/templates/web/nginx/php-fpm/
Apache2 (Legacy / mod-php ) /usr/local/hestia/data/templates/web/apache2/
Apache2 - PHP FPM /usr/local/hestia/data/templates/web/apache2/php-fpm/
PHP-FPM /usr/local/hestia/data/templates/web/php-fpm/

When editing it is the best practice to copy the template before editing, as the default templates will reset after update of HestiaCP:

cp original.tpl new.tpl
cp original.stpl new.stpl
cp original.sh new.sh


Avoid modifying default templates as they are overwritten by updates.

When you are done modifying, enable the template with the selected domain from the control panel.

After modifying an existing template you need to rebuild the user configuration. This can be done using the v-rebuild-user command or bulk operation in the web interface (drop down list on a "User" page).

Available variables

Name Example Description
%ip% IP Address of Server
%proxy_port% 80 Port of Proxy
%proxy_port_ssl% 443 Port of Proxy (SSL)
%web_port% 80 or 8080 Port of Webserver
%web_ssl_port% 443 or 8443 Port of Webserver (SSL)
%domain% domain.tld Domain
%domain_idn% domain.tld Domain (Internationalised)
%alias_idn% alias.domain.tld Alias Domain (Internationalised)
%docroot% /home/username/web/public_html/ Document root of domain
%sdocroot% /home/username/web/public_shtml/ Private root of domain
%ssl_pem% /usr/local/hestia/data/user/username/ssl Location of SSL Certificate
%ssl_key% /usr/local/hestia/data/user/username/ssl Location of SSL Key
%web_system% Nginx / Apache Software used as Webserver
%home% /home Default home directory
%user% username Username of user
%backend_lsnr% proxy:fcgi:// Your default FPM Server
%proxy_extentions% List of extensions Extensions that should be handled by the proxy server

%sdocroot% can also be set to %docroot% with settings

How can I change settings for a specific domain

With the switch to PHP-FPM there are currently 2 different ways.

  1. Using .user.ini in the public_html folder
  2. Via PHP-FPM pool config

Config templates for the PHP pool can be found in

Template locations
Service Location
PHP-FPM /usr/local/hestia/data/templates/web/php-fpm/

Due to the fact we use multi PHP we need to recognise the PHP version to be used. Therefore we follow the following naming:


There X_Y is your PHP version.

How to install additional PHP packages / Modules

apt-get install php-package-name

For example

apt-get install php-memcached php-redis

Will install php-memcached and php-redis including the required additional packages for PHP.

Incase you use PHP-FPM you don't have to do anything.