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How do I change pi hole's URL?

It's currently 10.0.0.20/admin.

I want to use the /admin path for something else but couldn't find a way to change Pi-Hole's path to something else.

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  • It doesn't look to me as if this is supposed to be changed. If you head for their Github page and search for 'admin' it pulls up half a dozen different entries in half a dozen scripts. That suggests that the 'admin' value has been baked in pretty solidly - I think it might prove tricky (certainly not impossible, but liable to a few failures) to prune out all the instances and replace them with something else that worked. – goobering Aug 3 '16 at 10:40
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There are many ways that you could do this, but the easiest is to change the port that pi-hole is using.

Edit /etc/lighttpd.conf and change the line that says server.port = 80 to use some other port number such as 8080. Then restart LigHTTPD using sudo service lighttpd restart, and you will be able to access the pi-hole administrative interface at http://10.0.0.20:8080/admin.

Note that if you ever re-run the pi-hole installer, it will reset this value back to the original port 80.

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    This may have changed but the lighttpd.conf file is now at /etc/lighttpd/lighttpd.conf. That said if you want to make the change last through a pihole update you should put it in a new file called /etc/lighttpd/external.conf. – Pathead Nov 6 '19 at 20:13
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This is another way to change its port and the benefit is that it won't get reset any time you reconfigure pi-hole or update it.

Add server.port := 8000 or your desired port to /etc/lighttpd/external.conf then restart. Then restart lighttpd using sudo systemctl restart lighttpd, and you will be able to access the pi-hole administrative interface at http://localhost:8000/admin.

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  • Weirdly this causes an error on a restart and lighttpd fails to launch. – Colin Dec 30 '20 at 11:02
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    I think you may have added it like this- server.port = 8000 instead of this- server.port := 8000 , notice the colon? Only after omitting the colon am I able to reproduce the error at launch. Could you clarify if you did that? – Bananz0 Dec 30 '20 at 12:07
  • I wonder why : is needed here, whereas in lighttpd.conf not. – user3123159 May 14 at 13:39
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For whatever reason putting the server.port in external.conf results in an error on restart. Changing it in lighttpd.conf works fine.

To get rid of the /admin in the URL one could create a link in the /html folder. ln admin pi-hole -s

Together with the port change it could look like this http://op:88/pi-hole/ (well the /admin path would still be there, it would just be for cosmetics)

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