How to Install Lighttpd With PHP5 (PHP-FPM) and MySQL on CentOS 6.5

Lighttpd (pronounced “lighty”) is an open-source web server as an alternative to Apache and Nginx. It is a secure, flexible, fast and designed for speed-critical environments. It has a low memory footprint and can handle large number of connections in one server especially for busier sites.

PHP is an acronym for “PHP Hypertext Preprocessor”; PHP is a widely-used server-side scripting language executed on the server.

PHP-FPM (FastCGI Process Manager) is an alternative PHP FastCGI implementation with some additional features useful for sites of any size, especially busier sites.

MySQL is a popular database solution for use in web applications.

This post will show you how to install Lighttpd With PHP5 (PHP-FPM) and MySQL on CentOS 6.5 VPS or dedicated server.

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2. Install Lighttpd, MySQL and PHP5 work in Lighttpd through PHP-FPM :

[root@centos6-05 ~]# yum install lighttpd php php-fpm lighttpd-fastcgi php-mysql mysql mysql-server -y

3. Configure Lighttpd :

[root@centos6-05 ~]# vi /etc/lighttpd/lighttpd.conf
server.use-ipv6 = "enable"

Change to :

server.use-ipv6 = "disable"

4. Make lighttpd start at boot and also start lighttpd service:

[root@centos6-05 ~]# chkconfig --levels 235 lighttpd on
[root@centos6-05 ~]# /etc/init.d/lighttpd start

Browse your web server and Lighttpd welcome page should be displayed :

5. Configure PHP to work in Lighttpd through PHP-FPM :

[root@centos6-05 ~]# vi /etc/php-fpm.d/www.conf

Enable PHP-FPM use a TCP connection instead of unix socket :

;   '/path/to/unix/socket' - to listen on a unix socket.
; Note: This value is mandatory.
listen =

Configure user and group to lighttpd :

; 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

6. Make php-fpm start at boot and also start the php-fpm service :

[root@centos6-05 ~]# chkconfig --levels 235 php-fpm on
[root@centos6-05 ~]# /etc/init.d/php-fpm start

7. Open and modify /etc/php.ini :

[root@centos6-05 ~]# vi /etc/php.ini

Uncomment the line cgi.fix_pathinfo=1

; cgi.fix_pathinfo provides *real* PATH_INFO/PATH_TRANSLATED support for CGI.  PHP's
; previous behaviour was to set PATH_TRANSLATED to SCRIPT_FILENAME, and to not grok
; what PATH_INFO is.  For more information on PATH_INFO, see the cgi specs.  Setting
; this to 1 will cause PHP CGI to fix its paths to conform to the spec.  A setting
; of zero causes PHP to behave as before.  Default is 1.  You should fix your scripts

8. Open and modify /etc/lighttpd/modules.conf :

[root@centos6-05 ~]# vi /etc/lighttpd/modules.conf

Uncomment the line include “conf.d/fastcgi.conf”:

## FastCGI (mod_fastcgi)
include "conf.d/fastcgi.conf"

9. Open and modify /etc/lighttpd/conf.d/fastcgi.conf :

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Add below fastcgi.server at bottom of the file :

fastcgi.server += ( ".php" =>
                "host" => "",
                "port" => "9000",
                "broken-scriptfilename" => "enable"

10. Reload the PHP-FPM and Lighttpd service :

[root@centos6-05 ~]# /etc/init.d/php-fpm reload
[root@centos6-05 ~]# /etc/init.d/lighttpd reload

11. Since MySQl has been install, dont forget to make MySQL start at boot and start the MySQL service :

[root@centos6-05 ~]# chkconfig --levels 235 mysqld on
[root@centos6-05 ~]# /etc/init.d/mysqld start

12. Create info.php under ligghttpd document root :

[root@centos6-05 ~]# vi /var/www/lighttpd/info.php

Browse your page http://IP-Adress/info.php. Thats all.


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