Legacy software center

NethServer is highly modular: at the end of the installation a bare minimum set of features like network configuration and log viewer is installed. The Software center page allows the administrator to select and install additional modules, and also list and update the already installed software packages.

A module is usually constituted by multiple packages. It extends the system functionality. For instance a module can transform NethServer into an Email server, or a Web proxy.

A software package is an atomic unit of software. It is published by a public software repository. NethServer packages are files in the RPM [1] file format. Thus within this context the terms package and RPM can be used as synonyms.

Software updates

A NethServer 7 system receives updates from different software projects:

  • the NethServer project itself [2]
  • the CentOS project [3]
  • the EPEL repository [4]

Each project releases software updates according to its specific rules and development cycle, but all of them prefer software stability over bleeding edge features.

Refer to the Community forum [5] and Release notes 7 for more information about NethServer updates.

Updates released by the CentOS project are immediately available on NethServer directly from the CentOS mirrors. Only updates for the current system release (i.e. “7.6.1804”) are considered, until a manual upgrade to the next system release is started.

More info about CentOS updates:

Updates released by EPEL are immediately available from the official EPEL mirrors. As EPEL is not bound to the current system release number, the Software center always installs the latest available software versions from EPEL.

More info about EPEL updates:


Even if the above projects strive for software stability, care is necessary to check if the updates fit well together. Every time the system is going to be updated, create a backup of the data and review the updates changelog to understand what is going to happen. If possible, test the updates in a non-production system. For any doubt ask the NethServer community forum! [5]

Manual update procedure

When updates are available, a warning message appears in the Software center page.

Updates for the installed software are listed under the Updates tab. Further details about them are available under Updates CHANGELOG.

To start the system update click the Download and install button.


Regularly update the installed software to fix bugs, security issues and receive new features

Automatic update procedure

It is possible to perform some automatic actions when new software updates are available.

  • Download and (optionally) install the updates
  • Send an email to the system administrator (root) and to an additional list of recipients

The updates availability is checked by a task that runs at a random time overnight.


If the notification email is not delivered or is marked as spam, it is possible to configure a smarthost

Modules installation

The Available tab lists all of the modules that can be installed. This list can be filtered by category. See also Additional languages.

To install a module, check the corresponding box and click on Add. Some modules suggest optional packages that can be installed also at a later time.

Once a module has been installed, it is listed under the Installed tab.

To install optional packages at a later time, select Installed tab and push the Edit button on a listed entry. On the new Server Manager all optional packages will be installed by default.

To remove a module from the old Server Manager, go to the Installed tab and push the corresponding Remove button. To remove an application from the new Server Manager, go to the Applications page and click the corresponding Remove button.


When removing a module other modules could be removed, too! Read carefully the list of affected packages to avoid removing required features.

List of installed packages

The complete list of installed RPM packages is available under Installed > Packages.

The section Installed software displays all packages already installed into the system with the full package version.

Additional languages

The Server Manager allows selecting the interface language at the login screen. Only installed languages are listed.

In Available tab, select the Languages category and install the desired languages.


[1]RPM Package Manager – http://rpm.org
[2]NethServer – http://www.nethserver.org
[3]CentOS – Community ENTerprise Operating System https://www.centos.org/
[4]EPEL – Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/EPEL
[5](1, 2) NethServer community forum – http://community.nethserver.org