In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configuration of Nginx on your Ubuntu 16.04 server. 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 while getting the job done efficiently. A popular setup is to use it as a proxy for Apache, which can then serve application requests. That will not be covered in this tutorial, though.
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 Nginx on a Ubuntu 16.04 server.
- A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 16.04.
- It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
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 on Ubuntu 16.04
Step 1. First, let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade
Step 2. Installing Nginx.
Installing the Nginx package on Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) is as easy as running:
apt-get install nginx
After that, run the commands to enable Nginx to automatically startup when your server starts:
sudo systemctl enable nginx sudo systemctl start nginx
To confirm if the Nginx service is indeed running, use the following command:
sudo systemctl status 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 Nginx web server on your Ubuntu 15.04 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Nginx website.