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How to Install Nginx, MySQL, and PHP (LEMP) on an Ubuntu 15.04 Server

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In this How-To, we will walk you through installing LEMP on your Ubuntu 15.04 cloud server. LEMP is simply a software bundle that consists of 4 components. Linux (L) is the core of the platform which will sustain the other components. Nginx (E) is used for the web hosting service. MySQL (M) is used for database management. PHP (P) is the application programming language.


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Installing Nginx

Install Nginx with the following command for to begin the install:

apt-get -y install nginx

Verify if all is working by opening your browser and going to http://<ipaddress>

If you are unsure what you IP address is run the following:

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ifconfig command

In this example, we would go do which should open a page looking like this

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Default Nginx site

Configure Nginx

The Nginx configuration file is located in /etc/nginx/nginx.conf so we will use our text editor (In this article, it would be nano) and open the file by running the following command:

nano /etc/nginx/nginx.conf

You will need to change the worker_processes to the amount of CPUs your server is running. The default is set to 4.

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Nginx configuration file


If you are unsure of the amount of CPUs your server is running, you can use the command “lscpu” to see the amount.

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Lscpu command

Next, we will need to edit the default vhost (server block) which is located in /etc/nginx/sites-available/default. Use your text editor to go into the file. This article uses nano for text editing, but you may use whichever program you’re most comfortable with.

nano /etc/nginx/sites-available/default

Under the server section, you will need to change the FQDN or IP address beside “server_name” as shown below.

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Configuration file for default vhost

Scroll down a little farther to the section that starts with “location ~ \.php$ {“. Here you will need to uncomment the section and change the following lines to look like below.

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Nginx default vhost configuration file

Once done, save and exit the file.

We will now test the Nginx configuration by running the following command.

nginx -t

You should see something like this if it is ok.

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Testing Nginx Configuration


Installing MySQL

Next we will install MySQL by running the following command:

apt-get install mysql-server mysql-client

You will be prompted to enter a new password for MySQL “root” user, enter what you would like.

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MySQL root database password

You are then asked to enter the password again.

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Re-enter MySQL root database password

Once complete, you can verify MySQL is installed by running the below command.

systemctl status mysql

It will show active(running)

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MySQL status command

Next, you will want to secure MySQL by running the following command:


This command will first ask you for your current MySQL “root” user password which we created earlier when installing MySQL. Enter the password and continue. You are then asked if you would like to change the root password, type “n” and press enter unless you want to change it. The next couple of questions you will say yes to as it will secure your MySQL. The command will remove anonymous user access, disallow root login remotely, remove the test database and access to it. Last question is to reload the privilege tables, say yes and press Enter.

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MySQL secure installation questions

Installing PHP

To install PHP, run the following command:

apt-get -y install php5 php5-fpm php5-mysql

Before testing the install, we will need to configure PHP by opening the php.ini file. This is located in /etc/php5/fpm. Open this php.ini file with your text editor.

nano /etc/php5/fpm/php.ini

Now, we need to change cgi.fix_pathinfo to equal 0 instead of 1. Below is how it would look.

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Save and exit the file.

We will have to restart PHP5-FPM using the following command.

systemctl restart php5-fpm

After a restart, check the status of php5-fpm by running,

systemctl status php5-fpm

You will see an output similar to this,

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PHP5-FPM status

To test PHP, we will save a basic PHP script under the web root directory. For Ubuntu 15.04 with Nginx, this is located in /usr/share/nginx/html so we would want to open a test file called something like test.php by running the following command:

nano /usr/share/nginx/html/test.php

This will open an empty file, we will add the following text:


Save and close the file.

You will now need to restart Nginx for the changes to take effect. To restart Nginx, run the following command:

systemctl restart nginx

We can now test php by opening up an internet browser and opening up the PHP script we saved. In this article, our server IP address from earlier is and the PHP script are saved under the web root directory named test.php. We will now enter for the URL and press Enter. You will see the following screen if installed and working properly.

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PHP Information page

You have now completely installed LEMP on your Ubuntu 15.04 server.

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