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FreeBSD Install Nginx Webserver

Q. How do I install Nginix websever under FreeBSD operating systems?

A. nginx [engine x] is a HTTP server, reverse proxy and mail proxy server written by Igor Sysoev. It is a lightweight web server, licensed under a BSD-like license. It the fifth most popular web server.

Update FreeBSD Ports Tree

Type the following command to update FreeBSD tree, enter:
# portsnap fetch update

FreeBSD Install Nginx Web Server

Type the following command to install Nginx web server:
# cd /usr/ports/www/nginx
# make install clean

Fig.01: FreeBSD Nginx Web Server Installation Options

Fig.01: FreeBSD Nginx Web Server Installation Options


Make sure you select important option such as REWRITE_MODULE, SSL_MODULE and others as per your requirements.

Turn on Nginx Webserver

Type the following command to turn on Nginx server
echo 'nginx_enable="YES"' >> /etc/rc.conf
To start Nginx, enter:
# /usr/local/etc/rc.d/nginx start

Important Information about Nginx Webserver

  • Nginx Default configuration file: /usr/local/etc/nginx/nginx.conf
  • Nginx Default http / https port: 80 / 443
  • Nginx Default error log file: /var/log/nginx-error.log
  • Nginx Default access log file: /var/log/nginx-access.log
  • Nginx Default DocumentRoot: /usr/local/www/nginx/
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{ 4 comments… add one }

  • cleroy61 September 14, 2010, 12:53 pm

    Can you add a nginx uninstall ?

    • aperson February 8, 2011, 1:41 pm

      cd /usr/ports/www/nginx
      make deinstall
      n00b

      • Steve Klabnik November 6, 2012, 7:55 am

        how can I install nginx with custom [3d-party] modules?

  • ADM April 23, 2012, 9:06 am

    to upgrade nginx and recompile with new option with ssl support on freebsd :
    portupgrade -СR nginx

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