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Ngnix Installation and Configuration

How do I install and configure a ngnix FastCGI php5 HTTP / web server under Red Hat / RHEL / Fedora / CentOS Linux? This article shall describe Ngnix Installation.

Nginx is an HTTP(S) server, reverse proxy and IMAP/POP3 proxy server written by Igor Sysoev. It is known for its high performance, stability, rich feature set, simple configuration, and low resource consumption.
Step # 1: Enable EPEL repo
ngnix is not included in the base system. Turn on EPEL repo to install nginx stable release:
# rpm -Uvh http://download.fedora.redhat.com/pub/epel/5/$(uname -m)/epel-release-5-3.noarch.rpm
Step # 2: Install ngnix
Type the following command at a shell prompt:
# yum install nginx
Sample output:
Loaded plugins: downloadonly, fastestmirror, priorities, protectbase
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
* epel: archive.linux.duke.edu
* base: ftp.linux.ncsu.edu
* updates: centos.mirror.nac.net
* addons: mirror.cs.vt.edu
* extras: centos.mirror.nac.net
0 packages excluded due to repository protections
Setting up Install Process
Parsing package install arguments
Resolving Dependencies
–> Running transaction check
—> Package nginx.x86_64 0:0.6.34-1.el5 set to be updated
–> Finished Dependency Resolution
Dependencies Resolved
Package Arch Version Repository Size
nginx x86_64 0.6.34-1.el5 epel 319 k
Transaction Summary
Install 1 Package(s)
Update 0 Package(s)
Remove 0 Package(s)
Total size: 319 k
Is this ok [y/N]: y
Downloading Packages:
Running rpm_check_debug
Running Transaction Test
Finished Transaction Test
Transaction Test Succeeded
Running Transaction
Installing : nginx [1/1]
Installed: nginx.x86_64 0:0.6.34-1.el5
nginx configuration file
• Default config file: /etc/nginx/nginx.conf
• Default SSL config file: /etc/nginx/conf.d/ssl.conf
• Default virtual hosting config file: /etc/nginx/conf.d/virtual.conf
• Default documentroot: /usr/share/nginx/html
Configure PHP As FastCGI
Type the following to install php5 with other modules:
# yum install php-pear-Net-Socket php-pear php-common php-gd php-devel php php-mbstring php-pear-Mail php-cli php-imap php-snmp php-pdo php-xml php-pear-Auth-SASL php-ldap php-pear-Net-SMTP php-mysql
Install spawn-fcgi simple program for spawning FastCGI processes
Type the following command:
# yum install spawn-fcgi
Next, download spawn-fcgi init.d shell script:
# wget http://bash.cyberciti.biz/dl/419.sh.zip
# unzip 419.sh.zip
# mv 419.sh /etc/init.d/php_cgi
# chmod +x /etc/init.d/php_cgi
Start php app server, enter:
# /etc/init.d/php_cgi start
# netstat -tulpn | grep :9000
Sample output:
tcp 0 0* LISTEN 14294/php-cgi
By default php server listens on port. Finally, update /etc/nginx/nginx.conf as follows:
# vi /etc/nginx/nginx.conf
Modify / append as follows:

location ~ \.php$ {
root html;
fastcgi_index index.php;
fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME /usr/share/nginx/html$fastcgi_script_name;
include fastcgi_params;

Save and close the file. Restart nginx:
# service nginx restart
Create /usr/share/nginx/html/test.php as follows:

Enjoy !!!


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