Installing Nginx and Zend Server

Zend Server makes installing NGINX easy!

NGINX is the fastest growing Web server in the world and second in adoption only to Apache.

Zend Server and NGINX combine on Linux to make the most powerful “out of the box” PHP stack available and getting started is EASY!

Point your browser to the Zend Server Download Page ( - make sure the “Linux” option is selected.



Then, download the Installer Script.

When the download has finished, decompress the .tar.gz file to a location that will be convenient to access from a Linux terminal window.

Next, open a terminal, and cd (change directory) to the location where you decompressed the Zend Server Installer Script. If you took the defaults, the directory name will be ZendServer-Repositoryinstaller-linux.

Now run the installer script specifying the version of PHP that you want to run, and that you want to use NGINX as your web server:

./ 5.4 nginx

The installer will begin performing its magic, pausing on occasion to ask you to accepts some defaults. If you like, you can append the --automatic command line directive to automatically accept all the defaults.

If you're interested in the behind the scenes details, what the Zend Server Install script is doing under the covers is exactly what you would do “manually”.

It determines whether it's running on a system that supports DEB packaging or RPM packaging. Then it adds the required repositories to the .repo or .list files.

Next it fetches the necessary public key(s) to be used for package verification.

Finally the script invokes the appropriate installation command depending on the time of system you are running on (aptitude or yum). This means you can re-install and update using the conventional Linux Tools.

When the installer completes you can point your browser at http://localhost to confirm that the installation has completed successfully.

For most development purposes the NGINX default configuration will suit just fine. More information about configuring NGINX can be found here:

Next we can point our browser at http://localhost:10081, and begin the configuration of Zend Server as usual. (More information about setting up Zend Server can be found at - the screen shots are from installing on a Mac but the steps to get started with the installed Zend Server are the same.)

To check out the Zend Server documentation, see here:

For documentation on NGINX, see