Install Nginx with PHP-FPM on CentOS 8

The common way to run PHP with Nginx is the FastCGI module. The PHP-FPM (FastCGI Process Manager) dramatically increases the performance of your Nginx/PHP environment. So this is useful for high load websites. This tutorial will help you to configure PHP-FPM with Nginx on CentOS 8 and RHEL 8 Linux system.


Step 1 – Install Nginx

The Nginx packages are available under the default AppStream repository. You can simply update the DNF cache and install Nginx web server packages using the following commands.

sudo dnf update -y  
sudo dnf install nginx -y

After installation of packages starts Nginx service, Also enable Nginx service to auto-start on system boot.

sudo systemctl enable nginx 
sudo systemctl start nginx

Step 2 – Install PHP with PHP-FPM

The Remi repository contains the latest PHP packages for the CentOS 8 Linux system. So first of all, you need to add the REMI repository to your system. Just execute the following command to add the repository.

sudo dnf install dnf-utils -y

Then enable the required DNF module for PHP installation. Here we are enabling the module for installing PHP 7.4. You can change this to PHP 7.3 or PHP 7.2 as per your requirements.

sudo dnf module reset php 
sudo dnf module enable php:remi-7.4

Now, install the PHP on your system. As we are going to use FastCGI Process Manager (FPM) for this setup. So install the php-fpm package as well.

sudo dnf update -y 
sudo dnf install php php-fpm php-gd php-mysqlnd -y

You may also require some more PHP modules, So install them before going next. After completing PHP installation enable PHP-FPM service and start it.

sudo systemctl enable php-fpm 
sudo systemctl start php-fpm

Make sure the php-fpm service is running.

[[email protected] ~]# systemctl status php-fpm
● php-fpm.service - The PHP FastCGI Process Manager
Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/php-fpm.service; enabled; vendor pre>
Active: active (running) since Tue 2020-09-29 20:33:12 +07; 5s ago
Main PID: 9607 (php-fpm)
Status: "Ready to handle connections"
Tasks: 6 (limit: 23969)
Memory: 24.1M
CGroup: /system.slice/php-fpm.service
├─9607 php-fpm: master process (/etc/php-fpm.conf)
├─9608 php-fpm: pool www
├─9609 php-fpm: pool www
├─9610 php-fpm: pool www
├─9611 php-fpm: pool www
└─9612 php-fpm: pool www

Thg 9 29 20:33:12 wordpress systemd[1]: Starting The PHP FastCGI Process Manage>
Thg 9 29 20:33:12 wordpress systemd[1]: Started The PHP FastCGI Process Manager.

Step 3 – Configure PHP-FPM

At this step, you have installed all the required packages. Let’s start the configuration process. First, edit PHP-FPM configuration file:

sudo nano /etc/php-fpm.d/www.conf

Make the changes like below. The latest versions of Nginx can connect to the socket using a proxy. So make sure listen is set to a socket file.

Then set user and group the same as Nginx server using. If you need to connect FPM from a remote system change listen.allowed_clients to LAN IP instead of

;listen =
listen = /run/php-fpm/www.sock

user = nginx
group = nginx

listen.allowed_clients =

;listen.owner = nobody
; = nobody
;listen.mode = 0660

listen.acl_users = apache,nginx
listen.acl_groups = apache,nginx

listen.mode = 0660
pm = dynamic

After making changes restart the php-fpm service to apply changes.

sudo systemctl restart php-fpm

Step 4 – Create Nginx Server Block

Now, create a server block in Nginx for your domain and configure it to use php-fpm for processing PHP files. Create a server block file and edit in a text editor:

sudo nano /etc/nginx/conf.d/

Now added proxy configuration using a socket file. Also configured all PHP script to use fpm handler for execution.

server {
listen 80; 
root /var/www/html;
# Load configuration files for the default server block.
include /etc/nginx/default.d/*.conf;
location / {
location ~* \.php$ {
# With php-fpm unix sockets
fastcgi_pass unix:/var/run/php-fpm/www.sock;
include fastcgi_params;
fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;
fastcgi_param SCRIPT_NAME $fastcgi_script_name;

Save the server block configuration file and restart the Nginx service to apply changes.

sudo systemctl restart nginx

Step 5 – Enable Firewall Rules

Your server is ready to serve the application. If there is a firewall enabled on your system, make sure HTTP ports are open to access from remote systems.

The following commands will open the required ports for you.

sudo firewall-cmd --zone=public --permanent --add-service=http 
sudo firewall-cmd --zone=public --permanent --add-service=https
sudo firewall-cmd --reload

Step 6 – Test Setup

All done. To test the environment, create a PHP script with phpinfo() function. Place this file to your server document root. Use the below command to do this.

echo "<?php phpinfo(); ?>" > /var/www/html/info.php

Then access info.php using server IP address (for default VirtualHost) for your configured domain in the Nginx server block.


nginx php fpm centos8

Slide down the page and check value of $_SERVER[‘SERVER_SOFTWARE’] under PHP Variables section. This will show you the Web server name running on.

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You have successfully configured an Nginx with PHP-FPM on your CentOS 8 or RHEL 8 Linux system. You can now host a website from your server.

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