AlternC is a set of open source Web Hosting server management software for Linux / UNIX-like systems, Whose aim is to Promote Self hosting by Individuals or small structures and Provide icts users with an easy web-based to interface manages a web and email Server (and other Internet-based services).

Its main specificity is to provide its users with a non-technical web interface. It also has some advanced options so that technical-savvy users can still fine-tune it.

It also features documentation in French and English.


In 2000, the French free hosting provider Alternatively, Estelle Hallyday , 47005 websites. [3] Later, Valentin Lacambre is a free and easy-to-use hosting software.

In May 2001, Valentin’s source code Was abandoned and a rewrite started by the technical team at the Other Net (a non-profit hosting provider Organized in as self-managed association), qui gave birth to AlternC , qui wanted to follow la même Valentin’s panel (mostly on usability and design).

As of today, some non-profit hosting providers are using and developing that software suite: Lautre Net, the founder of that project, but also Globenet , and other structures in Belgium, Quebec and Africa.

Some professional web hosting companies are also using AlternC and participate actively to the code, such as Octopuce , Neuronnexion and Webelys .

A poll from 2010 Estimated That at least 110 servers Were Running AlternC, Having a total of 3500 accounts, hosting more than 9500 domain names, and 25000 POP / IMAP email accounts, domain names with 2200 and around thousand users from the Other Net , (This poll was only counting people actively helping the project)

This project is still actively developed.

Version numbering

After a long series of 0.9.preXX and 0.9.x versions, version 1.0 was published in June 2011, with a new web interface design, more current and usable. A paperback book, in English, was also published at that time, making a milestone in this software history.

The next version, released in February 2013, was version 3.0, mainly because some plugins where on different version numbers, and the development team wanted to make them coherent with the main software version (the Mailman plugin was version 2.1 already). Many new features and bugfixes where present in that version. The one notable MOST Was the migration from Courier to Dovecot for the email service and the separation, for security Reasons, of all web hosted services using different Unix user accounts, thanks to the ITK unit of the Apache HTTP Server .

The latest versions of AlternC are:

3.1.10 (for Squeeze) / 3.2.10 (for Wheezy) / 3.3.10 (for Jessie) released on January 18, 2016 3.1.8 (for Squeeze) / 3.2.8 (for Wheezy) released on August 3, 2015


  • Domain name management
  • DNS management
  • Subdomain creation
  • User account management
  • Website and Web application hosting
  • Email hosting
  • Mailing list hosting
  • Online file manager
  • Security of the files and configuration
  • Website statistics

AlternC is based on Debian GNU / Linux , and is using the standard Debian packages, so it can be used with the same level of security as Debian, and its standard configuration tools. This allows a system administrator to manage a server with AlternC and other services in the same machine.

See also


Bernard-Putz, Chantal; Sonntag, Benjamin (2011). AlternC As if you were there . In Libro Veritas. ISBN  978-2-35922-035-3 .

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  1. Jump up^ AlternC 3.0 released,official announceat the developers’ mailinglist [ dead link ]
  2. Jump up^ “COPYING file in AlternC repository” . Retrieved 2016-06-30 .
  3. Jump up^ “The small story of” (in French) . Retrieved 16 February 2014 .

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