Simplified Proxmox VE 8 Installation on Debian 12 Bookworm

Proxmox VE is a comprehensive, open-source server management platform that seamlessly integrates KVM hypervisor and LXC containers. Today, we present a streamlined process for installing Proxmox VE 8 on Debian 12 Bookworm, based on the official guidance from the Proxmox VE Installation Guide.


  • A fresh Debian 12 Bookworm installation.
  • A user with sudo privileges.
  • Internet connectivity.

Installation Scripts

We’ve divided the installation into two scripts. The first script prepares your system and installs the Proxmox VE kernel. The second script continues the process after a system reboot, installing the remaining Proxmox VE packages.

Remember, all these commands need to be executed from the root user level, so:

First Part: System Preparation and Kernel Installation

Start by downloading the first script which prepares your system and installs the Proxmox VE kernel:

Run the script with the following command:

Here is the content of the script:

After running the first script, your system will reboot. At this stage, you may encounter a few dialogs from the system, which are part of the normal package configuration steps. For this simplified installation, you can accept the default options by pressing Enter.

Screenshots during Installation

The selection of GRUB installation configuration.

GRUB Configuration – A new version of the GRUB bootloader configuration file is available. It’s recommended to keep the local version currently installed unless you are aware of the changes. As with the previous dialogs, pressing Enter will select the default action.

The selection of postfix installation configuration.

Postfix Configuration – This dialog appears when installing the postfix package, which is a mail transport agent. The default option “Internet Site” is suitable for most cases. Pressing Enter accepts this configuration.

Setting the system mail name.

System Mail Name – Here you specify the FQDN (Fully Qualified Domain Name) for the system mail. The default value is usually adequate unless you have a specific domain name for your server. Again, pressing Enter will continue with the default configuration.

There might be issues encountered towards the end of the first script installation, such as:

However, the second part of the script, executed after the reboot, addresses these problems.
After a successful reboot of the machine, log into the system and proceed to the second script.

Second Part: Completing Proxmox VE Installation

After your system has rebooted, proceed with downloading the second script:

Execute the second part of the installation with the command:

This is the content of the second script:

Once the second script completes, you will be able to access the Proxmox VE web interface using the URL displayed at the script’s conclusion. Log in with the ‘root’ username and your root password.

Upon loading the page, you may encounter a certificate trust error – this is normal at this stage, and you can safely accept that it is unsafe and proceed to access the page for managing Proxmox. If you don’t know the root password, you can reset it by executing ‘passwd‘ as root. Good luck!