Migrating Direct Admin accounts to cPanel server

Direct admin accounts to cpanel

In this tutorial, We are going to see how to migrate accounts from a Direct Admin server to a cPanel server.

Migrating accounts manually is surprisingly a simple task. The things we need to done.

  1. Populate /etc/trueuserdomains on the source server
  2. Package an account into a single file
  3. Copy the packaged account to the cPanel server
  4. Restore the account on the cPanel server
Step 1

On the source server (Direct Admin) download the following scripts which builds the list of accounts

wget http://httpupdate.cpanel.net/cpanelsync/transfers_DEVEL/pkgacct/updateuserdomains-universal
Step 2

Now download the script, that packages the accounts

wget http://httpupdate.cpanel.net/cpanelsync/transfers_DEVEL/pkgacct/pkgacct-da
Step 3

Make the both scripts executable

chmod +x updateuserdomains-universal
chmod +x pkgacct-*
Step 4

Now execute


This will create a plan text at /etc/trueuserdomains with list of domain name and it user that can be packaged.

Step 5

To package an account, select a user from /etc/trueuserdomains and run the pkgacct script file as below.

./pkgacct-da username

This will package the entire account to a single file and stores in /home/username.tar.gz

To move the backups to specific folder use the below command

./pkgacct-da username /backup/cpbackup

The drawback is you have to run this command for each accounts in /etc/trueuserdomains file.

Once the conversion completed, use rsync commad to move the backup files to new cPanel server.

Note : If you are getting the following error

Can't locate Digest/MD5.pm in @INC (@INC contains: /tmp/JSXFWg6ryr/lib /tmp/JSXFWg6ryr/lib /usr
/local/lib64/perl5 /usr/local/share/perl5 /usr/lib64/perl5/vendor_perl /usr/share/perl5/vendor_perl /usr/lib64/perl5 /usr/share/perl5 .)
at /tmp/JSXFWg6ryr/lib/Cpanel/Pkgacct/Archive/Writer.pm line 12.

BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at /tmp/JSXFWg6ryr/lib/Cpanel/Pkgacct/Archive/Writer.pm line 12.
Compilation failed in require at /tmp/JSXFWg6ryr/lib/Cpanel/Pkgacct/Archive.pm line 37.
BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at /tmp/JSXFWg6ryr/lib/Cpanel/Pkgacct/Archive.pm line 37.
Compilation failed in require at /tmp/JSXFWg6ryr/scripts/main.pl line 28.
BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at /tmp/JSXFWg6ryr/scripts/main.pl line 28.

You need to install Digest-MD5 in direct admin server by using the below command

yum install perl-Digest-MD5 -y

Once you installed, try ./pkgacct-da username to proceed with backup

Step 6

Use Restore a Full Backup/cpmove File or /scripts/restorepkg command to restore the backup in cPanel server.

Hope this helps your need, Please share your comments to improve us.

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