Nginx (pronounced “Engine-X”) is an open source Web server and a reverse proxy server for HTTP, SMTP, POP3 and IMAP protocols, with a strong focus on high concurrency, performance and low memory usage. It is licensed under a BSD-like license and it runs on Unix, Linux, BSD variants, Mac OS X, Solaris, AIX, HP-UX and Microsoft Windows.

Replacing apache with nginx in LAMP, Linux with nginx, php and mysql is another way to build a general purpose web server. This tutorial will explain how to install and setup LNMP on Ubuntu 12.04 Precise.

  • 1. Install mysql with this command:
    sudo apt-get install mysql-server mysql-client

    while installation, it will prompt to set mysql root password.

  • 2. Install nginx:
    sudo apt-get install nginx

    Then start nginx via:

    sudo /etc/init.d/nginx start

    web files host under /usr/share/nginx/www

  • 3. In web browser, input http://localhostto test if nginx works.
  • 4. Install php5
    sudo apt-get install php5-fpm
  • 5. Configure nginx.nginx configuration file is /etc/nginx/nginx.conf


  • 6. Check if php is running.create and edit info.php under /usr/share/nginx/www/
    sudo vim /usr/share/nginx/www/info.php

    add following code and save it:


    then visit http://localhost/info.php

  • 7. Install following packages to add module and restart php
    sudo apt-get install php5-mysql php5-curl php5-gd php5-idn php-pear php5-imagick php5-imap php5-mcrypt php5-memcache php5-ming php5-ps php5-pspell php5-recode php5-snmp php5-sqlite php5-tidy php5-xmlrpc php5-xsl
    sudo /etc/init.d/php5-fpm restart