In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Lighttpd on a Centos 7 VPS as well as set up MariaDB and PHP.
Lighttpd is a secure, open-source, fast, flexible and more optimized web server. Lighttpd has a high-speed infrastructure that allows for better performance with the same hardware when compared to other alternative web-servers. Lighttpd supports the FastCGI, SCGI and CGI interfaces and allows web applications that are written in any programming language to be used with the server.
Lighttpd’s FastCGI can be configured to support PHP with opcode caches and also has received attention within the Perl, Python, and Ruby communities.
Let’s get started with the installation.
- For the purposes of this tutorial, we will use a Centos 7 VPS.
- Full SSH root access or a user with sudo privileges is also required.
Step 1: Connect via SSH and Update
Connect to your server via SSH as the root user using the following command:
ssh [email protected]IP_ADDRESS -p PORT_NUMBER
Remember to replace “IP_ADDRESS” and “PORT_NUMBER” with your server’s respective IP address and SSH port number.
Before starting with the installation, you will need to update your system packages to their latest versions. It’s easy to do, and it won’t take more than a few minutes.
You can do this by running the following command:
sudo yum update
Once the updates are completed, we can move on to the next step.
Step 2: Install Lighttpd
Before installing Lighttpd we need to enable the EPEL repository on our system and update our software packages once again using the following commands:
yum -y install epel-release yum -y update
Once the EPEL repository has been enabled, we can install the Lighttpd web server by running the following command:
yum install lighttpd
Once the Lighttpd packages have been installed, we can start and enable the service to automatically start at boot.
systemctl start lighttpd systemctl enable lighttpd
To check the status of the service run the following command:
systemctl status lighttpd
If everything is fine you should get the following output:
● lighttpd.service - Lightning Fast Webserver With Light System Requirements Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/lighttpd.service; disabled; vendor preset: disabled) Active: active (running) since Tue 2019-07-02 12:52:11 CDT; 2s ago Main PID: 11445 (lighttpd) CGroup: /system.slice/lighttpd.service └─11445 /usr/sbin/lighttpd -D -f /etc/lighttpd/lighttpd.conf
If you see any network errors in the status, open the
/etc/lighttpd/lighttpd.conf configuration file and change the line that says
Now, we need to restart the Lighttpd web server and everything should work fine.
systemctl restart lighttpd
Next, you can open your favorite web browser and enter your server’s IP Address. It will load the default Lighttpd web page.
The default document root for Lighttpd is
/var/www/lighttpd/ and the main configuration file is at
Step 3: Installing MariaDB support for Lighttpd
If you need database support with your Lighttpd setup, this step can be very useful.
We can install the MariaDB database server using the following commands:
yum -y install mariadb mariadb-server
Once the installation has been completed, we can start and enable the service with these following commands:
systemctl start mariadb.service systemctl enable mariadb.service
We can then check the status of the service by running the following command:
systemctl status mariadb.service
If everything is fine you should get the following output:
● mariadb.service - MariaDB database server Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/mariadb.service; enabled; vendor preset: disabled) Active: active (running) since Tue 2019-07-02 11:44:39 CDT; 1h 29min ago Main PID: 776 (mysqld_safe) CGroup: /system.slice/mariadb.service ├─ 776 /bin/sh /usr/bin/mysqld_safe --basedir=/usr └─1076 /usr/libexec/mysqld --basedir=/usr --datadir=/var/lib/mysql
We can connect to the MariaDB command line with the following command:
mysql -u root -p
If you logged in successfully, you will get the following output:
Welcome to the MariaDB monitor. Commands end with ; or \g. Your MariaDB connection id is 5 Server version: 5.5.60-MariaDB MariaDB Server
We have successfully installed and connected to the MariaDB database server. You can type ‘exit’ to exit the interface.
Step 4: Installing PHP and PHP-FPM with FastCGI
To install PHP along with all of its necessary extensions, run the following command:
yum -y install php php-mysqlnd php-pdo php-gd php-mbstring
Once PHP has been installed we can enable PHP-FPM and FastCGI support for Lighttpd by running the following command:
yum -y install php-fpm lighttpd-fastcgi
Next, open the following file
/etc/php-fpm.d/www.conf using your preferred text editor. For our tutorial, we’ll be using ‘nano’:
Once the file is open, change the next two lines:
; Unix user/group of processes ; Note: The user is mandatory. If the group is not set, the default user's group ; will be used. ; RPM: apache Choosed to be able to access some dir as httpd user = lighttpd ; RPM: Keep a group allowed to write in log dir. group = lighttpd
Now, we can start PHP-FPM service and enable it to start automatically at boot with the following commands:
systemctl start php-fpm.service systemctl enable php-fpm.service
To check the status of the service, run this:
systemctl status php-fpm.service
You should get the following output:
● php-fpm.service - The PHP FastCGI Process Manager Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/php-fpm.service; disabled; vendor preset: disabled) Active: active (running) since Tue 2019-07-02 13:30:09 CDT; 10s ago Main PID: 11571 (php-fpm) Status: "Processes active: 0, idle: 5, Requests: 0, slow: 0, Traffic: 0req/sec" CGroup: /system.slice/php-fpm.service
That’s all there is to it – in this tutorial, we learned how to install Lighttpd on Centos 7, as well as how to enable MariaDB, PHP and PHP-FPM with FastCGI in Lighttpd.
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