Install and Configure nginx with PHP on Linux 🌱

  1. Log into the Linux device
  2. Run the following commands in a terminal window
    # update software repositories
    sudo apt update
    # install available software updates
    sudo apt upgrade -y
    # install nginx and php
    sudo apt install nginx php7.3-fpm php7.3-common php7.3-mysql php7.3-gmp php7.3-curl php7.3-intl php7.3-mbstring php7.3-xmlrpc php7.3-gd php7.3-xml php7.3-cli php7.3-zip php7.3-soap php7.3-imap
    # set the owner of the web root
    sudo chown -R www-data /usr/share/nginx/html
    # edit the nginx config to add PHP support
    sudo nano /etc/nginx/conf.d/default.conf
  3. Paste the following configuration into default.conf

    server {
        listen 80;
        listen [::]:80;

        root /usr/share/nginx/html;
        index index.php index.html index.htm;

        server_name localhost;

        location / {
            try_files $uri $uri/ =404;

        location ~ \.php$ {
            include snippets/fastcgi-php.conf;
            fastcgi_pass unix:/var/run/php/php7.3-fpm.sock;

  4. Press CTRL+O, Enter, CTRL+X to write the changes to default.conf
  5. Continue with the following commands
    # restart nginx service
    sudo systemctl restart nginx
    # create a test phpinfo file
    sudo nano /usr/share/nginx/html/phpinfo.php
  6. Paste the following into the .php page


  7. Press CTRL+O, Enter, CTRL+X to write the changes to phpinfo.php
  8. Open a web browser and navigate to http://DNSorIP/phpinfo.php