How To Install LEMP on Manjaro 20

Install LEMP on Manjaro 20

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install LEMP on Manjaro 20. For those of you who didn’t know, LEMP stands for Linux, Nginx (pronounced as Engine X), MySQL/MariaDB, and PHP or Perl or Python. All components are free and open-source software, and the combination is suitable for building dynamic web pages. The LEMP stack is one of the most popular server configurations in the world.

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 LAMP Stack on a Manjaro 20 (Nibia).


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Manjaro 20.
  • 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).
  • 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.

Install LEMP on Manjaro 20 Nibia

Step 1. Before running the tutorial below, make sure that our system is up to date:

sudo pacman -Syu

Step 2. Installing Nginx.

Install Nginx on Manjaro Linux by running the command below:

sudo pacman -S nginx

Once Nginx has been installed, start it and enable it to start on system boot:

sudo systemctl start nginx
sudo systemctl enable nginx

To verify Nginx setup, open your browser and browse to the server hostname or IP address and you should see the Nginx default test page as shown below:



Install LEMP on Manjaro 20

Step 3. Install MariaDB.

Run the following command to install MariaDB Server on Manjaro:

sudo pacman -S mariadb

Then, initialize the MariaDB data directory and create system tables as shown below:

sudo mysql_install_db –user=mysql basedir=/usr –datadir=/var/lib/mysql

Next, enable and start it by using the following commands:

sudo systemctl start mariadb
sudo systemctl enable mariadb

By default, MariaDB is not hardened. You can secure MySQL using the mysql_secure_installation script. you should read and below each step carefully which will set a root password, remove anonymous users, disallow remote root login, and remove the test database and access to secure MariaDB:

$ sudo mysql_secure_installation

In order to log into MariaDB to secure it, we'll need the current
password for the root user. If you've just installed MariaDB, and
haven't set the root password yet, you should just press enter here.

Enter current password for root (enter for none): 
OK, successfully used password, moving on...

Setting the root password or using the unix_socket ensures that nobody
can log into the MariaDB root user without the proper authorisation.

You already have your root account protected, so you can safely answer 'n'.

Switch to unix_socket authentication [Y/n] Y
Enabled successfully!
Reloading privilege tables..
 ... Success!

You already have your root account protected, so you can safely answer 'n'.

Change the root password? [Y/n] n
 ... skipping.

By default, a MariaDB installation has an anonymous user, allowing anyone
to log into MariaDB without having to have a user account created for
them.  This is intended only for testing, and to make the installation
go a bit smoother.  You should remove them before moving into a
production environment.

Remove anonymous users? [Y/n] Y
 ... Success!

Normally, root should only be allowed to connect from 'localhost'.  This
ensures that someone cannot guess at the root password from the network.

Disallow root login remotely? [Y/n] Y
 ... Success!

By default, MariaDB comes with a database named 'test' that anyone can
access.  This is also intended only for testing, and should be removed
before moving into a production environment.

Remove test database and access to it? [Y/n] Y
 - Dropping test database...
 ... Success!
 - Removing privileges on test database...
 ... Success!

Reloading the privilege tables will ensure that all changes made so far
will take effect immediately.

Reload privilege tables now? [Y/n] Y
 ... Success!

Cleaning up...

All done!  If you've completed all of the above steps, your MariaDB
installation should now be secure.

Thanks for using MariaDB!

Step 4. Installing PHP.

Run the following command to install PHP:

sudo pacman -S php php-fpm

Once the installation is complete, start and enable php-fpm to start on boot with the below commands:

sudo systemctl start php-fpm
sudo systemctl enable php-fpm

We need to make a few modifications to the Nginx configuration file:

sudo nano /etc/nginx/nginx.conf

Add the following lines:

location ~ \.php$ {
fastcgi_pass unix:/var/run/php-fpm/php-fpm.sock;
fastcgi_index index.php;
root /usr/share/nginx/html;
include fastcgi.conf;

Save the file and restart both Nginx and PHP-FPM for the changes to come into effect:

sudo systemctl restart nginx
sudo systemctl restart php-fpm

To test the PHP installation, creating an info.php file in the /usr/share/nginx/html/ path:

sudo nano /usr/share/nginx/html/info.php

Append the following lines and save the file:


Step 5. Configure firewall.

To allow external connections to our Manjaro Linux web server, we need to open web ports 80 and 443. But first, let’s install ufw a firewall:

sudo pacman -S ufw
sudo ufw allow 80/tcp
sudo ufw allow 443/tcp
sudo ufw enable

Congratulations! You have successfully installed the LEMP server. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing LEMP (Nginx, MariaDB, and PHP) in Manjaro 20 systems. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Nginx, MariaDB, and PHP websites.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, 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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