nginx, PHP 5.3 and FastCGI on CentOS 5.5, Fedora 13, Red Hat RHEL 5.5/6

This is guide howto install nginx, PHP 5.3 and FastCGI webserver with MySQL and/or PostgreSQL and Memcache support on Fedora 12 and Fedora 13, CentOS 5.5, Red Hat (RHEL) 5.5/6.

nginx (engine x) is a robust, small and high performance http server, reverse proxy server and also mail proxy server.

1. Add and enable needed repositories:

Updated 19.3.2010

Use following repositories to install nginx 0.8.xx version (currently 0.8.36 version)

rpm -Uvh rpm -Uvh rpm -Uvh rpm --import /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-CHL

Just Epel repository is now obsolete, since there can be found only nginx 0.6.xx branch (currenlty version 0.6.39) Check this comment for more info.

rpm -Uvh
rpm -Uvh

2. Install following packages:

  • nginx
  • php
  • php-mysql
  • php-pgsql
  • php-pecl-memcache
  • fcgi
  • spawn-fcgi

with following command:

yum --enablerepo=remi install nginx php php-mysql php-pgsql php-pecl-memcache fcgi spawn-fcgi ... Dependencies Resolved ================================================================================================= Package Arch Version Repository Size
Installing: fcgi i386 2.4.0-4.el5 epel 43 k nginx i386 0.6.39-2.el5 epel 318 k php i386 5.3.1-1.el5.remi remi 1.3 M php-mysql i386 5.3.1-1.el5.remi remi 140 k php-pecl-memcache i386 3.0.4-2.el5.remi.1 remi 64 k php-pgsql i386 5.3.1-1.el5.remi remi 119 k spawn-fcgi i386 1.4.22-2.el5 epel 17 k Transaction Summary
Install 7 Package(s) Update 0 Package(s) Remove 0 Package(s)

3. Add Fast-CGI init script:

Save following script to /etc/init.d/phpfcgi file.

# Startup script for the PHP FastCGI server.
# chkconfig: 345 85 15
# description: PHP is an HTML-embedded scripting language
# processname: php
# config: /etc/php.ini # Source function library.
. /etc/rc.d/init.d/functions SPAWNFCGI="/usr/bin/spawn-fcgi" PHPFCGI="/usr/bin/php-cgi"
PIDFILE=/var/run/ if [ -z "$PHP_FCGI_CHILDREN" ]; then PHP_FCGI_CHILDREN=5
fi ALLOWED_ENV="$ALLOWED_ENV PHP_FCGI_CHILDREN PHP_FCGI_MAX_REQUESTS FCGI_WEB_SERVER_ADDRS" case "$1" in start) PHPFCGI_START=$"Starting ${NAME} service: " echo -n $PHPFCGI_START # check for $PHPUSER, create if non-existent if [ -z "`id -u $PHPUSER 2> /dev/null`" ]; then useradd -s /sbin/nologin $PHPUSER fi # clean environment E= for i in $ALLOWED_ENV; do E="$E $i=${!i}"; done #daemon --user $PHPUSER --pidfile $PIDFILE "env - $E $PHPFCGI -q -b $FCGIADDR:$FCGIPORT &> /dev/null &" daemon $SPAWNFCGI -a ${FCGIADDR} -p ${FCGIPORT} -u ${USER} -g ${GROUP} -P ${PIDFILE} -C ${PHP_FCGI_CHILDREN} -f ${PHPFCGI} retval=$? #pid=`pidof php-cgi` #if [ -n "$pid" ]; then # echo $pid > $PIDFILE # success $PHPFCGI_START #else # failure $PHPFCGI_START #fi #echo ;; stop) echo -n "Stopping php-fcgi: " killproc -p $PIDFILE phpfcgi echo ;; status) status phpfcgi ;; restart) $0 stop $0 start ;; *) echo "Usage: $0 {start|stop|status|restart}" exit 1
esac exit 0

Originally from here:, but modified little bit, because original script not worked.

Now normal start, stop, status, restart should work:

/etc/init.d/phpfgci start
/etc/init.d/phpfgci stop
/etc/init.d/phpfgci status
/etc/init.d/phpfgci restart

4. Configure nginx:

Modify /etc/nginx/nginx.conf file following rows:

worker_processes 2; keepalive_timeout 25; gzip on; # pass the PHP scripts to FastCGI server listening on
location ~ \.php$ { root /usr/share/nginx/html; fastcgi_pass; fastcgi_index index.php; fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME /usr/share/nginx/html$fastcgi_script_name; include fastcgi_params;
} # deny access to .htaccess files, if Apache's document root
# concurs with nginx's one
location ~ /\.ht { deny all;

5. Start FastCGI and nginx services:

/etc/init.d/phpfcgi start
/etc/init.d/nginx start

6. Create PHP file and print phpinfo:

echo "<?php echo phpinfo(); ?>" > /usr/share/nginx/html/info.php

7. Test info.php file:

Go to and check that everything is working.

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