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Nginx Server Configs


Nginx Server Configs is a collection of configuration snippets that can help your server improve the website's performance and security, while also ensuring that resources are served with the correct content-type and are accessible, if needed, even cross-domain.

Getting Started

Using the Nginx server configs repo directly has a few required steps to be able to work.


The first thing to check is that the

file contains appropriate values for your specific install.

Most specific variables are:

  • user
  • error_log
  • pid
  • access_log

Nginx test and restart

  • To verify Nginx config
  nginx -t
  • To verify Nginx config with a custom file
  nginx -t -c nginx.conf
  • To reload Nginx and apply the new config
  nginx -s reload

Basic structure

This repository has the following structure:

├── conf.d/
│   ├── default.conf
│   └── templates/
├── h5bp/
│   ├── basic.conf
│   ├── location/
│   └── .../
├── mime.types
└── nginx.conf
  • conf.d/

This directory should contain all the


Except if they are dot prefixed or non

extension, all files in this folder are loaded automatically.
  • templates

    Files in this folder contain a

    template for secure and non-secure hosts. They are intended to be copied in the
    folder with all
    occurrences changed to the target host.
    • h5bp/

This directory contains config snippets (mixins) to be included as desired.

There are two types of config files provided, individual config snippets and combined config files which provide convenient defaults.

  • basic.conf

    This file loads a small subset of the rules provided by this repository to add expires headers, allow cross-domain fonts and protect system files from web access. The

    file includes the rules which are recommended to always be defined.
  • location/

    Files in this folder contain one or more

    directives. They are intended to be loaded in the
    context (or, in a nested
    • mime.types

The mime.types file is responsible for mapping file extensions to mime types.

  • nginx.conf

The main Nginx config file.


As a reference

To use as reference requires no special installation steps, download/checkout the repository to a convenient location and adapt your existing Nginx configuration incorporating the desired functionality from this repository.

Download the latest release archive.


To use directly, replace the Nginx config directory with this repository. For example:

nginx -s stop
cd /etc
mv nginx nginx-previous
git clone nginx
# install-specific edits

Manage sites

cd /etc/nginx/conf.d
  • Creating a new site
  cp templates/ .actual-hostname.conf
  sed -i 's/' .actual-hostname.conf
  • Enabling a site
  mv .actual-hostname.conf actual-hostname.conf
  • Disabling a site
  mv actual-hostname.conf .actual-hostname.conf
nginx -s reload


  • Nginx v1.8.0+


Anyone is welcome to contribute, however, if you decide to get involved, please take a moment to review the guidelines:


Nginx Server Configs is only possible thanks to all the awesome contributors!


The code is available under the MIT license.

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