Caddy is an open-source, cross-platform, enterprise-ready web server written in Go language. Caddy can be configured to serve websites directly from its file system, or it can proxy requests to other web servers. It is a cross-platform web server that runs on different operating systems such as Linux, macOS, Windows, BSD, and Solaris. If you are looking for a high-performance, flexible, and easy-to-use web server, then Caddy is the best option for you.

In this post, we will show you how to install and use the Caddy web server on Fedora Linux.

Step 1 – Install Caddy

By default, the Caddy web server package is available in the Fedora default repository. You can install it using the following command.

dnf install caddy -y

Once the Caddy package is installed, you can verify the Caddy installation using the following command.

caddy version

You will see the Caddy version in the following output.


Next, edit the Caddy default configuration file.

nano /etc/caddy/Caddyfile

Make the following changes:

:80 {
        root * /usr/share/caddy

Save and close the file, then start and enable the Caddy service with the following command.

systemctl enable --now caddy

You can verify the Caddy service status using the following command.

systemctl status caddy


● caddy.service - Caddy web server
     Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/caddy.service; enabled; vendor preset: disabled)
     Active: active (running) since Tue 2023-09-19 01:10:59 EDT; 4s ago
    Process: 7150 ExecStartPre=/usr/bin/caddy validate --config /etc/caddy/Caddyfile (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
   Main PID: 7155 (caddy)
      Tasks: 5 (limit: 2328)
     Memory: 16.7M
        CPU: 140ms
     CGroup: /system.slice/caddy.service
             └─7155 /usr/bin/caddy run --environ --config /etc/caddy/Caddyfile

Now, open your web browser and access the Caddy default page using the URL http://your-server-ip. You will see the Caddy default page on the following screen.

Step 2 – Create a New Site with Caddy

In this section, we will create a new website using Caddy.

First, create a document root and log directory for Caddy.

mkdir -p /var/www/
mkdir /var/log/caddy

Next, assign proper permissions to those directories.

chown caddy:caddy /var/www/ -R
chown caddy:caddy /var/log/caddy

Next, create an Index page for your website.

nano /var/www/

Add the following code:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<title>Congratulations! Caddy is working</title>
<h1>Congratulations! Caddy is working</h1>

Save and close the file when you are done.

Step 3 – Configure Caddy for Your Website

Next, you will need to configure the Caddy configuration file to serve your website.

nano /etc/caddy/Caddyfile

Remove the default configuration and add the following configuration. {
        root * /var/www/
        encode gzip

        log {
                output file /var/log/caddy/example.access.log

        @static {
                path *.ico *.css *.js *.gif *.jpg *.jpeg *.png *.svg *.woff *.pdf *.webp
        header @static Cache-Control max-age=5184000


Save and close the file, then validate the Caddy configuration.

caddy validate --adapter caddyfile --config /etc/caddy/Caddyfile

If everything is fine, you will see the following output.

2023/09/19 05:12:35.854	INFO	using provided configuration	{"config_file": "/etc/caddy/Caddyfile", "config_adapter": "caddyfile"}
2023/09/19 05:12:35.860	INFO	http	server is listening only on the HTTPS port but has no TLS connection policies; adding one to enable TLS	{"server_name": "srv0", "https_port": 443}
2023/09/19 05:12:35.861	INFO	http	enabling automatic HTTP->HTTPS redirects	{"server_name": "srv0"}
2023/09/19 05:12:35.861	INFO	tls.cache.maintenance	started background certificate maintenance	{"cache": "0xc0004902a0"}
2023/09/19 05:12:35.863	INFO	tls.cache.maintenance	stopped background certificate maintenance	{"cache": "0xc0004902a0"}
Valid configuration

Finally, restart the Caddy service to apply the changes.

systemctl restart caddy

Step 4 – Access the Caddy Website

At this point, your Caddy web server is configured to serve your new website. Now, it’s time to verify the website.

Open your web browser and access your website using the URL You will see your website page on the following screen.


Congratulations! You have successfully installed and configured the Caddy web server on Fedora Linux. You can now start deploying high-performance websites using the Caddy web server. Try to deploy the Caddy web server on dedicated server hosting from Atlantic.Net!