Newly installed, I can SSH into my FreedomBox but not connect via the web interface

Problem Description
I installed FreedomBox on a spare laptop, that had a fresh Debian install. Now I can SSH into my FreedomBox but not connect via the web interface. Other “inbound” connections e.g. with python3 -m http.server also do no seem to work.

Steps to Reproduce

  1. Install Debian
  2. Install FreedomBox following the instructions
  3. Reboot the machine
  4. FreedomBox logo is shown in the terminal
  5. Find local IP from my router
  6. Browse to the IP

Expected Results
I expected to see the Plinth web interface with the first run wizard.

Actual results

Website is unreachable.


  • FreedomBox version: (from Help -> About page)
  • Hardware: Samsung N100 laptop
  • How did you install FreedomBox?: apt install freedombox

I noticed yesterday that this can happen if installing recommended packages is disabled in apt configuration.

Please verify the following. If the setting is false, set it to true.

$ cat /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/00InstallRecommends
APT::Install-Recommends "true";

Manual recovery:

$ sudo apt install ssl-cert # this is the missing recommended package
$ sudo /usr/share/plinth/actions/apache setup
$ sudo systemctl restart apache2
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Thank you, I will try these steps and update here.

I’m sorry, I had misunderstood the install manual. I am on Debian Stretch but I missed the final setup+reboot steps. Thank you for your patience.

Even I had the same issue.
Now it’s resolved.