Hamsa K
3 min read | 5 months ago

How to Install Nginx on Centos 8

Install nginx on centos 8

Nginx is free and open-source high-performance web server. It also acts as a reverse proxy server and load balancer.

In this article, we will see installation of nginx on centos 8 server.

Step 1: Install nginx

we can install nginx package using yum command

[root@centos ~]# yum install nginx

once it is installed start and enable the service on autoboot.

[root@centos ~]# systemctl start nginx
[root@centos ~]# systemctl enable nginx
Created symlink /etc/systemd/system/multi-user.target.wants/nginx.service → /usr/lib/systemd/system/nginx.service.
[root@centos ~]# systemctl status nginx

output should look something like below

[root@centos ~]# systemctl status nginx
● nginx.service - The nginx HTTP and reverse proxy server
   Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/nginx.service; enabled; vendor preset: disabled)
  Drop-In: /usr/lib/systemd/system/nginx.service.d
   Active: active (running) since Fri 2020-03-06 19:33:21 IST; 31s ago

Step 2: Allow ports 

If firewall service is running on your system then update firewall settings and open TCP port 80 and 443 with following commands.

[root@centos ~]# firewall-cmd --permanent --zone=public --add-service=http
[root@centos ~]# firewall-cmd --permanent --zone=public --add-service=https
[root@centos ~]# firewall-cmd --reload

Step 3: Test nginx

Now, you can test your nginx installation, open your browser and type your system ip like http://ip_address. It should open default Nginx welcome page.

Step 4: configure nginx

we will see few important nginx default file paths below

default document root for nginx is /usr/share/nginx/html

Main configuration file is located at /etc/nginx/nginx.conf

log files are located at /var/log/nginx.

All Nginx configuration files are located in the /etc/nginx.





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