November 18, 2023

How to Install Varnish for OpenLiteSpeed (Ubuntu)

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How to Install Varnish for OpenLiteSpeed (Ubuntu)

Varnish is a powerful open-source reverse proxy tool that enhances both the speed and security of your OpenLiteSpeed web server. It works by caching static content like images and JavaScript files, resulting in faster website loading times. Additionally, Varnish serves as a protective shield against various cyber threats, including DDoS attacks.


I’ll show you how to install Varnish for OpenLiteSpeed on Ubuntu.

  • An Ubuntu server running OpenLiteSpeed
  • A user with sudo privileges

Step 1: Update your package repository

The first step is to update your package repository. This will ensure that you have the latest version of the OpenLiteSpeed packages.

sudo apt update -y

Step 2: Install the Varnish package

After updating your package repository, proceed to install the Varnish package.

sudo apt install varnish

Step 3: Configure Varnish

Once the Varnish package is installed, you need to configure it. The configuration file is located at /etc/varnish/varnish.conf.

Open it with sudo /etc/varnish/varnish.conf

And then paste following code:

upstream openlitespeed {
  server localhost:8080;

server {
  listen 80;

  location / {
    proxy_pass http://openlitespeed;

This configuration file will proxy all requests to the OpenLiteSpeed web server on port 8080.

Step 4: Start Varnish

Once you have configured Varnish, you can start it.

sudo service varnish start

Step 5: Check the status of Varnish

You can check the status of Varnish by running the following command:

sudo service varnish status

If it looks like this, it’s working correctly:

image 6


In this comprehensive guide, we have demonstrated the installation process of Varnish on an Ubuntu system, specifically tailored for use with OpenLiteSpeed. By diligently following the provided steps, you will be able to significantly enhance both the speed and security of your OpenLiteSpeed web server, ensuring a smoother and more protected online experience for your users.

And that’s it. I hope your site is faster.

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