How To Install Nginx MySQL PHP with PHP-FPM on CentOS/RHEL

How To Install Nginx MySQL PHP with PHP-FPM on CentOS/RHEL

NGINX (Engine X) is a web server, Its getting popular very fast due to its fast speed. NGINX is also used as reverse proxy server. To use php script with nginx it required to install php-fpm.

This article will help you To setup web hosting environment using Nginx, MySQL, PHP (LEMP) Stack with PHP-FPM on CentOS and RHEL 6 Server

Step 1: Install Required RPM Repositories

Fristly you would required to install EPEL and Remi repositories on your system. Use following commands to install repositories.

# rpm -Uvh
# rpm -Uvh

If you are using another system version/architecture, kindly refere below article

Yum Repositories for CentOS, RHEL Systems

Step 2: Install NGINX using Yum

Now we are installing nginx using yum command line utility. Follow given commands to install nginx and start nginx server.
To Install Nginx

# yum install nginx

To Start Nginx

# /etc/init.d/nginx start
Step 3: Install MySQL and Configure

Install MySQL server using following command.

# yum install mysql mysql-server

Start and configure mysql first time.

# /etc/init.d/mysqld start
# /usr/bin/mysql_secure_installation

Setup the mysql root password and follow the remaining instruction’s. For other steps it good to say Yes for all.

Step 4: Install PHP and PHP-FPM

php-fpm is available under remi repository. Use following command to install it.

# yum --enablerepo=remi install php php-fpm php-mysql php-cli
Step 5: Configure NGINX and Default Virtual Host

Edit nginx configuration file and update worker processes to 4.

# vim  /etc/nginx/nginx.conf
worker_processes  4;

Now configure the default virtual host in nginx virtual host file.

vi /etc/nginx/conf.d/default.conf

Configuration file should have settings like below. Update server_name and root path settings as per your requirements.

# The default virtual server
server {
    listen       80;

    location / {
        root   /var/www/;
        index index.php  index.html index.htm;

    error_page  404              /404.html;
    location = /404.html {
        root   /usr/share/nginx/html;

    error_page   500 502 503 504  /50x.html;
    location = /50x.html {
        root   /usr/share/nginx/html;

    # pass the PHP scripts to FastCGI server listening on
    location ~ .php {
        root           /var/www/;
        fastcgi_index  index.php;
        fastcgi_param  SCRIPT_FILENAME   $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;
        include        fastcgi_params;
Step 6: Configure PHP-FPM

Edit php-fpm configuration file and update user and group settings as below

# vim /etc/php-fpm.d/www.conf

Replace the values of user and group with nginx like below

; Unix user/group of processes
; Note: The user is mandatory. If the group is not set, the default user's group
;       will be used.
; RPM: apache Choosed to be able to access some dir as httpd
user = nginx
; RPM: Keep a group allowed to write in log dir.
group = nginx
Step 7: Restart Services

Restart following services and configure the to auto start on system boot.

# /etc/init.d/nginx restart
# /etc/init.d/php-fpm restart
# /etc/init.d/mysqld restart
# chkconfig nginx on
# chkconfig mysqld on
# chkconfig php-fpm on
Step 8: Test Your Setup

All the configuration has been completed. Now access your virtual host in browser. For this article I have create a phpinfo file in document root to insure php is working.

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