Verified and Tested 06/22/15

Introduction

This tutorial shows you how to install Nginx on an Arch Linux Cloud or VPS Server. Nginx is known for its high performance and low memory usage which allow fewer resources to be used while getting the job done efficiently.

Prerequisites

You need an Arch Linux server that is configured with a static IP address. If you do not have a server already, why not consider one of our SSD Cloud Hosting solutions.

Server Preparation

To get started, let’s make sure that your server is fully up-to-date.

sudo pacman -Syu

With the server up-to-date, we can continue the process and install nginx on your server.

Install Nginx on Arch Linux

We begin by installing nginx with the following command:

sudo pacman -S nginx

Start the nginx service with the following command:

sudo systemctl start nginx.service

To edit the main Nginx configuration file for your website(s), open the nginx.conf file with your preferred text editor. This file is located in the following directory:

sudo nano /etc/nginx/nginx.conf

You can now verify that nginx is installed correctly by typing http:// and your IP address in your browser.

http://YOUR.IP.ADD.RESS

To get your servers IP Address type the following command:

curl -s icanhazip.com
This is the default page after Nginx has been installed in an Arch Linux server

This is the default page after Nginx has been installed in an Arch Linux server

What Next?

Congratulations! You have now installed and configured nginx. Thank you for following along, and feel free to check back with us for further updates.