Setting up a Raspberry Pi NGINX PHP MySQL LEMP Stack

Published on Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Setting up a Raspberry Pi NGINX PHP MySQL LEMP Stack

Ste Wright has already written up how to install PHP 7 on a RPi3 the same works for RPi2 so i will not rewrite it here.

Ste Wright - Turn your Raspberry Pi 3 into a PHP 7 powered web server

Follow the blog except at step 2 run

sudo apt-get install php-fpm

Then check the version

$ php -v

You should see something like this

PHP 7.0.16-1~bpo8+1 (cli) (built: Feb 18 2017 02:34:09) ( NTS )
Copyright (c) 1997-2017 The PHP Group
Zend Engine v3.0.0, Copyright (c) 1998-2017 Zend Technologies
    with Zend OPcache v7.0.16-1~bpo8+1, Copyright (c) 1999-2017, by Zend Technologies

Then use these instructions to setup PHP with Nginx

Make sure to enable PHP in the Nginx config file, and ensure it is pointing to the correct location, for me that was

        location ~ \.php$ {
                include snippets/fastcgi-php.conf;
        #       # With php5-cgi alone:
        #       fastcgi_pass;
        #       # With php5-fpm:
                fastcgi_pass unix:/var/run/php/php7.0-fpm.sock;

restart Nginx to pick up the new configuration

sudo nginx -s reload

Test it with a simple php page using <?php phpinfo(); ?>

In order to serve extensionless html pages, update the try_files in the location block when setting up the sites-available server blocks config

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

Install MySQL by following this tutorial again by Ste Wright - Install MySQL Server on you Respberry Pi You should now have a working nginx server running PHP scripts, next time I will setup piwik so you can monitor the traffic to your website.