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Enable PHP-FPM in Nginx on Ubuntu/Debian

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Lets start with install nginx.

apt update && apt -y upgrade
apt install nginx

Restart nginx with command

service nginx restart

Now you will be able to visit server with IP address, will see default page like

Nginx config for default web site is at /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/default, if you remove all comments, it look like

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

	root /var/www/html;

	index index.html index.htm index.nginx-debian.html;

	server_name _;

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


Install PHP

We install PHP and common modules with command

apt -y install php php-cli php-curl php-gd php-mysql php-imagick php-imap php-mcrypt php-json php-xml php-mbstring php-zip php-xmlrpc php-soap php-intl

Install PHP-FPM

Install php-fpm

apt -y install php-fpm

On Ubuntu 16.04, start php-fpm with

service php7.0-fpm start 

This command may be different depending on the version of PHP installed.

We need to find socket or port used by php-fpm, this can be found with command

cat /etc/php/7.0/fpm/pool.d/www.conf | grep listen 

Path may wary depending on PHP version. In this cause, we use unix socket for php-fpm, the socket path is /run/php/php7.0-fpm.sock

Configure Nginx with PHP-FPM

Edit Nginx default config

vi /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/default


index index.html index.htm index.nginx-debian.html;

Replace with

index index.php index.html index.htm index.nginx-debian.html;


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

Add below

    location ~ \.php$ {
        include snippets/fastcgi-php.conf;
        fastcgi_pass unix:/run/php/php7.0-fpm.sock;

    location ~ /\.ht {
        deny all;

Here is config after edit.

Restart nginx

service nginx restart

Testing if PHP working

To test if PHP work for default nginx web site, we need to create a PHP file under /var/www/html folder

echo "<?php phpinfo(); ?>" > /var/www/html/phpinfo.php

Now access the web site with IP address of the server.


You will see phpinfo() page.

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