How To Completely Removing Nginx on CentOS

Completely Removing Nginx on CentOS

In this tutorial, we will show you how to completely remove Nginx on CentOS systems. For those of you who didn’t know, Nginx is a powerful web server software that can be used on your server. It is also known for its high performance and low memory usage which will allow fewer resources to be used but get the job done efficiently. A popular setup is to use it as a proxy for Apache, which can then serve application requests.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of completely removing Nginx on a CentOS server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: CentOS or RHEL-based.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • An active internet connection. You’ll need an internet connection to remove packages and dependencies for Nginx.
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Completely Removing Nginx on CentOS

Step 1. Checking for Nginx.

Before removing Nginx from your CentOS system, it is important to check if it is installed and running. To do this, run the following command:

sudo systemctl status nginx

Step 2. Completely Removing Nginx Packages.

To remove Nginx from your CentOS system, you will need to remove the Nginx packages that were installed. To do this, run the following command:

sudo yum remove nginx

Step 3. Removing Nginx Configuration Files.

Now we delete all Nginx files including engine (binary files), configuration files, and also jpg files:

[root@idroot.us ~]# sudo rm -rf /etc/nginx
[root@idroot.us ~]# sudo rm -rf /var/log/nginx
[root@idroot.us ~]# sudo rm -rf /var/cache/nginx/
[root@idroot.us ~]# sudo rm -rf /usr/lib/systemd/system/nginx.service

Finally, you will need to remove the Nginx user and group from your CentOS system. To do this, run the following command:

sudo userdel nginx
sudo groupdel nginx

Congratulations! You have successfully removed Nginx. Thanks for using this tutorial for Nginx completely removed, including its packages, configuration files, user, and group on the CentOS system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Nginx website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to idroot.us, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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