Require Login

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This is recommended only for advanced users, proceed with caution.


NOTE: The one-click Web Apps will provide this capability in Amahi 7 or greater.


Would you like to control which HDA users can access certain web applications? This can be easily done in Amahi 6. To use this function, select the web apps section in the apps tab. Expand the desired app and select the Require login check box. If selected, this settings makes it such that the application will ask for a user name and a password. The perform the steps below to create the htpasswd file.


NOTE: This is a global setting at the moment, i.e. the users and password are all the same to all the apps that have Require login selected. This feature IS NOT compatible with Access Web Apps over SSL.

How to do it

This requires creation of the htpasswd be placed in the /var/hda/web-apps directory. The htpasswd file will identify user names and passwords (encrypted).


Create the htpasswd File

There are two options for creating the htpasswd file:

  • Enter desired Username, Password, and Path (physical location where .htpasswd will be stored). For example, Username amahi, Password amahi, and Path /var/hda/web-apps.
  • Select the Generate .htaccess button.
  • Copy the text from "And this is what your .htpasswd file should look like..." box and paste it into the .htpasswd file. It should look similar to this:
amahi:amb24e1pXrqFY
  • Proceed to the Copy and Set File Permissions section to complete.
  • Create the htpasswd file (change username and password):
htpasswd -c -b .htpasswd username password
  • Proceed to the Copy and Set File Permissions section to complete.

User Maintenance (Add/Delete)

  • Add additional users, repeat the previous step (NOTE: the -c option is only needed the first time you create the file for that web application):
bash code
sh: warning: setlocale: LC_ALL: cannot change locale (C.UTF-8) ​htpasswd -b /var/hda/web-apps/htpasswd username password​
  • Delete a user, do the following:
bash code
sh: warning: setlocale: LC_ALL: cannot change locale (C.UTF-8) ​htpasswd -D /var/hda/web-apps/htpasswd username​


Copy and Set File permissions:

  • Copy the .htpasswd file to the web application directory:
bash code
sh: warning: setlocale: LC_ALL: cannot change locale (C.UTF-8) ​cp .htpasswd /var/hda/web-apps/htpasswd​
  • Ensure the permissions are correctly set on the two files as follows:
bash code
sh: warning: setlocale: LC_ALL: cannot change locale (C.UTF-8) ​chmod 600 /var/hda/web-apps/htpasswd chown apache:apache /var/hda/web-apps/htpasswd​


If you have Webmin installed

  • After logging into Webmin select “Others” on the left-hand side, click on “Protected Web Directories” and then select “Add protection for a new directory”.
  • In "Directory path" browse to/or enter the path to the html web directory you wish to protect, in “Authentication realm” enter something like for example “Authentication required” (this will show up on the popup login box) and then click on create.
  • Now you need to setup users to allow login by clicking on “Add a new user” in “Associated users and groups”, when users have been created you should be good to go.


NOTE: After you have completed this process using Webmin you can then select "un-protect selected directory" and use the HDA-Dashboard to enable/disable password protection.