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How To Install The Pi-hole Web Interface

Currently, those of you who are running the Pi-hole from the DietPi image have the added benefit of the Web interface, which shows how your advertisement black hole is performing.  Due to an issue, I haven’t included it in the automated installer just yet.  But you can easily add it to your existing install by running a few commands.

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8 replies on “How To Install The Pi-hole Web Interface”

Followed the instructions and got the web interface running on both my Pi’s. However, I’m only seeing results for the number of dns queries in the interface. Ads blocked today, % of today’s traffic are both 0, even domains being blocked is showing nothing. Both Pi’s are running Wheezy. Any idea what could be wrong?

Double check the permissions of /var/log/pihole.log as that is the usual culprit when everything is 0 except for the domains blocked (which is read from /etc/pihole/gravity.list

Permissions are ok. And I’m seeing the results for the number of dns queries (so dnsmasq can read the pihole.log) but nothing else.
But I see what is wrong now. I’m missing gravity.list in the /etc/pihole directory. Probably has to do with the fact that I set up both my piholes months ago and you added/changed something to the installation script since my setup ;-). I’ll see if `I can fix it somehow, otherwise I’ll just reinstall everything.

You can easily install the latest script using this command:

sudo curl -o /usr/local/bin/ ""

I did that and that got me the gravity.list in /etc/pihole. However, I still did not get any info for ads blocked today and % of today’s traffic. So I decided to reinstall everything which unfortunately resulted in my pi not booting anymore after upgrading wheezy. I haven’t got a clue why that is happening. Installation of the DietPi image had the same result so it’s probably the sd card.
Looking around for a solution I found out that a virtual machine of DietPi exists. Downloaded that and I now have two virtual Pi-holes with working web interface running on my esxi server (I’ve retired my second Pi as well). Installation and setup of Pi-hole on the DietPi VM only takes a couple of minutes. Incredibly easy.

That’s pretty awesome! I should install a VM too. It sure would make testing stuff easier!

While testing this on an Ubuntu Vbox image. The Web Admin Console shows 0 on ‘Ads Blocked Today’ and ‘DNS Queries Today’.
All settings checked as mentioned here, still no result. Then I started changing the command used in the index.php file. Instead of using ‘awk’ I changed it to ‘gawk’ and it worked! (after: sudo apt-get install gawk)
Only the ‘Queries Today’ shows a very big amount, almost the same as the ‘Domains being Blocked’ amount. Maybe you can help me sort this out a bit further?

I’m glad it’s working now. I have also found that some different OSes also have different fields so the {print $} part of the code sometimes need modification as well. I’ll have to update that FAQ with some of this information. Thanks!

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