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 the step-by-step installation of the Nginx Mainline Version on a Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) server.
- A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus).
- 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).
non-root sudo useror 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 Nginx Mainline Version on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the 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:
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:
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 check the official Nginx website.