What are the Ubuntu System Requirements for a Server?

Ubuntu is one of the top free operating systems. The number of PCs, servers and virtual machines that have booted Ubuntu runs into the hundreds of millions. Although the operating system and server software are free, that doesn't mean they aren't powerful. The incredible CGI effects of the smash-hit movie Avatar were all generated using an Ubuntu-powered server farm.

It may seem like a no-brainer to want to access this free, powerful software to run your own server. But you will need to make sure that your hardware is up to spec first.

Read on to learn more about the minimum Ubuntu server requirements you will need to get your server running smoothly with this operating system

See Also: Ubuntu Server Hosting

Ubuntu Server Pricing

Ubuntu is an open source operating system, so the cost to license it is free. Its system requirements are fairly modest and it can run on a $10 cloud server with 2GB of RAM and 1 CPU core fairly well. We also have a variety of Linux dedicated server options which all run Ubuntu well.

Ubuntu Minimum Requirements

The Ubuntu minimal requirements are as follows:

  • 1.0 GHz Dual Core Processor
  • 20GB hard drive space
  • 1GB RAM

The Ubuntu 16.04 system requirements, Ubuntu 18.04 system requirements, and Ubuntu 14.04 system requirements are all the same.

What processor speed is recommended?

For a standard installation, it is recommended that you have a processor that runs to at least 1GHz. This is the very minimum that the Ubuntu server can run at. In our opinion, the best performance requires at least 2 GHz dual core processor. This is especially true if you are planning to run more resource-intensive applications.

If your hardware does not meet this specification, there is the option of doing a minimal install of Ubuntu. This requires a minimum of 300MHz to run.

However, the minimal install is a very stripped down version. It doesn't include many of the features that you might need or want, particularly if you are new to the system.

Can Ubuntu run on 1gb RAM?

The official minimum system memory to run the standard installation is 512MB RAM (Debian installer) or 1GB RA< (Live Server installer). Note that you can only use the Live Server installer on AMD64 systems.

Once again, these are the bare minimum specifications. Our recommendation is that you have at least 2GB of system memory, regardless of your installation method. This gives you some headroom to run the more RAM-hungry applications.

The minimal install is supposed to be able to run on only 384MB of system memory --but we don't recommend using so little.

How much space does Ubuntu need?

In terms of disk space, you'll need 1.5GB of hard drive space allocated for the base installation. If you're looking to install all the additional packages, then you'll need 2.5GB of disk space to meet the minimum system requirements.

Realistically, you're going to have much more disk space than this. So, this isn't too much of an issue. It's more of a heads-up as to how much space the install will take up on your drive. The actual disk space you will require will depend upon the hard drive space you need for the applications running on the server.

Ubuntu Download and Installation

Every ServerMania Cloud or Dedicated server can come preinstalled with the Ubuntu server of your choice without any additional work required on your part. You can visit the Ubuntu for download website for the Ubuntu dl URL.

Ready to deploy an Ubuntu server?

Now that you understand the Ubuntu requirements, you're ready to start deploying an Ubuntu system.

We offer fully managed server hosting with a range of Ubuntu servers to choose, from dedicated servers to SSD cloud hosting. We use only the very best hardware and have true 24/7 support.

If you'd like to know more about the system requirements for your project or help to choose a server, please contact us for a customized quote.

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