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How to install Nginx, MySQL, PHP (LEMP) in Ubuntu

This article explains the detailed steps to configure Nginx, MySQL and PHP in Ubuntu server.

Step1: Login to the server via SSH as root.

Step2: Install Nginx.

#apt-get install nginx

Step3: Install MySQL.

#apt-get install mysql-server

Step4: Complete the initial configurations of MySQL.


Step5: Install PHP with required modules.

#apt-get install php php-fpm php-mysql

Please note that here we are installing the PHP with minimal modules only more modules might be required according to the environments.

Step6: Create the Nginx virtualhost configuration file.

#vi /etc/nginx/sites-available/domain

Where domain need to be replaced with the name of the domain.

Step7: Update the following lines and save.

server {
    listen 80;
    root /var/www/html;
    index index.php index.html index.htm index.nginx-debian.html;
    server_name domain;

    location / {
            try_files $uri $uri/ =404;

    location ~ \.php$ {
            include snippets/fastcgi-php.conf;
            fastcgi_pass unix:/var/run/php/php7.2-fpm.sock;

    location ~ /\.ht {
            deny all;

Where domain need to be replaced with the name of the domain.

Step8: Restart Nginx service.

#systemctl restart nginx

Step9: Restart PHP-FPM service.

#systemctl restart php-fpm

Step10: Put the web pages to the document root and the site can be accessible on browser through domain name.

That's all…