rich remer rich remer - 3 months ago 12x
PHP Question

nginx serving some PHP URLs as downloads instead of executing

Some PHP URLs are being downloaded instead of executed by Nginx. I have an existing web application which is functioning fine. I'm tasked with adding additional mounted applications within folders of the primary application. Each of these applications has its own front controller


For this setup, I've created symlinks inside
, and the symlinks point to a folder containing an
front controller.

When I navigate to most URLs, everything works fine, the primary application front controller is executed, and I get expected results. When I navigate to a non-existent app, I get
404 Not Found
from nginx, which is expected. But when I navigate to one of the applications, the browser downloads the application front controller.

root /my/web/root;

location / {
try_files $uri

location ~ [^/]\.php(/|$) {
disable_symlinks off;
fastcgi_split_path_info ^(.+\.php\b)(.*)$;
fastcgi_param SERVER_NAME $host;
fastcgi_param PATH_INFO $fastcgi_path_info;
fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;
fastcgi_param SCRIPT_NAME /index.php;
fastcgi_index index.php;
include fastcgi.conf;
fastcgi_pass php-fpm;

location ~ ^/app/([a-z-]+)(/.*)?$ {
try_files $uri

URL which triggers download:

URL which 404s:
(does not exist)

URL which executes:


The .php file needs to be processed by the location ~ [^/]\.php(/|$) block. You have a common document root which makes things simpler.

However, look at this document regarding the location directive.

You will see that the regex locations are considered in order and the first matching location will be used to process the request.

In short, you need to place the location ~ [^/]\.php(/|$) block before any other conflicting regex location, if you want your .php files to be processed correctly.