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Install Nginx On CentOS 5.5

Nginx is a free, open-source, high-performance HTTP server. Nginx is known for its stability, rich feature set, simple configuration, and low resource consumption. This tutorial shows how you can compile and install Nginx on CentOS 5.5 server with SSL, PCRE, GeoIP, Zlib, Gzip and DAV support.


First we install httpd-devel, pcre, pcre-devel, zlib, zlib-devel, perl, geoip and geoip-devel packages:

#  yum install -y httpd-devel pcre perl pcre-devel zlib zlib-devel GeoIP GeoIP-devel

Download required packages:

#  wget
#  wget
#  wget

Now you have to untar these files:

#  tar -xvf zlib-1.2.5.tar.gz
#  tar -xvf pcre-8.10.tar.gz
#  tar -xvf openssl-0.9.8o.tar.gz

Download Nginx source package:

You need to download Nginx source package from

#  wget
#  tar -xvf nginx-0.7.67.tar.gz
#  cd nginx-0.7.67

Compile and Install Nginx:

Now you can compile and install Nginx with the following commands:

#  ./configure --user=nginx --group=nginx --prefix=/usr/share/nginx --sbin-path=/usr/sbin/nginx --conf-path=/etc/nginx/nginx.conf --error-log-path=/var/log/nginx/error.log --http-log-path=/var/log/nginx/access.log --http-client-body-temp-path=/var/lib/nginx/tmp/client_body --http-proxy-temp-path=/var/lib/nginx/tmp/proxy --http-fastcgi-temp-path=/var/lib/nginx/tmp/fastcgi --pid-path=/var/run/ --lock-path=/var/lock/subsys/nginx --with-http_ssl_module --with-http_realip_module --with-http_addition_module --with-http_sub_module --with-http_dav_module --with-http_flv_module --with-http_gzip_static_module --with-http_stub_status_module --with-http_perl_module --with-mail --with-mail_ssl_module --with-cc-opt='-m32 -march=i386' --with-openssl=/root/openssl-0.9.8o --with-pcre --with-pcre=/root/pcre-8.10 --with-zlib=/root/zlib-1.2.5 --with-http_geoip_module

You can find out more options by using the following command:

#  ./configure --help

Now run:

#  make
#  make install

Configuration Summary:

nginx path prefix: "/usr/local/nginx"

nginx binary file: "/usr/local/nginx/sbin/nginx"

nginx configuration prefix: "/usr/local/nginx/conf"

nginx configuration file: "/usr/local/nginx/conf/nginx.conf"

nginx pid file: "/usr/local/nginx/logs/"

nginx error log file: "/usr/local/nginx/logs/error.log"

nginx http access log file: "/usr/local/nginx/logs/access.log"

nginx http client request body temporary files: "client_body_temp"

nginx http proxy temporary files: "proxy_temp"

nginx http fastcgi temporary files: "fastcgi_temp"

Start Nginx Server:

#  /usr/local/nginx/sbin/nginx -c /usr/local/nginx/conf/nginx.conf

Testing Nginx:

#  /usr/local/nginx/sbin/nginx -V

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