How To Install Nginx Mainline Version on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Install Nginx Mainline Version on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Nginx Mainline Version on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Nginx has two primary repositories or branches that folks can use to install or update Nginx packages. When you install Nginx from Ubuntu default repositories, you’re installing Nginx from the stable repository.

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 through the step by step installation of Nginx Mainline Version on a Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) server.

Install Nginx Mainline Version on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running these following apt-get commands in the terminal.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Step 2. Installing Nginx mainline version.

First, we will need to add the official Nginx repository:

nano /etc/apt/sources.list

Next, append the following two lines at the end of the file:

deb http://nginx.org/packages/mainline/ubuntu/ xenial nginx
deb-src http://nginx.org/packages/mainline/ubuntu/ xenial nginx

Then, add the repository key. The key is there so Ubuntu can validate that the packages downloading from Nginx’s repository are trusted:

wget http://nginx.org/keys/nginx_signing.key
apt-key add nginx_signing.key

Run the commands below to install Nginx:

apt-get update
apt-get install nginx

Check the Nginx version:

### nginx -v
nginx version: nginx/1.13.8

Start Nginx and add it to automatically start on your system start-up using:

systemctl restart nginx
systemctl enable nginx

You can verify that Nginx is really running by opening your favorite web browser and entering the URL http://your-server’s-address, if it is installed, then you will see this:

Install Nginx Mainline Version on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Nginx. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the latest stable version of the Nginx mainline version web server on the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS  (Xenial Xerus) system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Nginx website.

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