Sharon Gil Sharon Gil - 3 years ago 208
Linux Question

Nginx downloads php instead of running it

Iv'e setup an Nginx php server on a linux REHL machine.
When accessing html files all goes well, but trying to access php file, the file is downloaded instead of being executed.

This is my nginx.conf:

user nginx;
worker_processes 1;

error_log /var/log/nginx/error.log warn;
pid /var/run/;

events {
worker_connections 1024;

http {
include /etc/nginx/mime.types;
default_type application/octet-stream;

log_format main '$remote_addr - $remote_user [$time_local] "$request" '
'$status $body_bytes_sent "$http_referer" '
'"$http_user_agent" "$http_x_forwarded_for"';

access_log /var/log/nginx/access.log main;

sendfile on;
#tcp_nopush on;

keepalive_timeout 65;

#gzip on;

include /etc/nginx/conf.d/*.conf;

...and this is the server block:

server {
listen 80;
server_name {mywebsitename};

#access_log logs/host.access.log main;

location / {
root /usr/share/nginx/html/{mywebsitename}/;

location /ngx_status_2462 {
stub_status on;
access_log off;
allow all;

location ~ \.php$ {
# fastcgi_pass unix:/var/run/php5-fpm.sock;

fastcgi_index index.php;
fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME /usr/share/nginx/html/{mywebsitename}$fastcgi_script_name;
include fastcgi_params;

error_page 404 /404.html;

location = /404.html {
root /usr/share/nginx/html;

error_page 500 502 503 504 /50x.html;
location = /50x.html {
root /usr/share/nginx/html;

Answer Source

I just had this exact same problem. I was using Ubuntu 12.04 and Linux Mint 14 so different OS but likely to have the same issues.

A couple of issues may happening. Firstly, you need to have php5-fpm installed (FastCGI Process Manager). I was trying to run it with my standard version of PHP but it was not working -

I also had Apache installed, and even if it weren't running it must have had some conflict because once I uninstalled Apache I was able to execute the PHP files.

I would also look at this line


And consider changing it to

fastcgi_pass   unix:/var/run/php5-fpm.sock;

Here is a detailed guide to installation of Nginx and PHP5-FPM for RHEL (and other OS's)

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