Install LEMP MySQL 5.5 PHP 5.4 NGINX on Centos

13th June, 2014 by

The following guide describes how to install a LEMP stack on Centos 6. If you have a specific requirement for MySQL 5.6 please see our LEMP with MySQL 5.6 guide

Step 1 – Install Required Repositories

The following steps install and configure the required repositories.

rpm -Uvh
rpm -Uvh
rpm -Uvh

Disable the repositories to ensure correct depency management

sed -i s'/enabled=1/enabled=0/' /etc/yum.repos.d/epel.repo
sed -i s'/enabled=1/enabled=0/' /etc/yum.repos.d/remi.repo
sed -i s'/enabled=1/enabled=0/' /etc/yum.repos.d/nginx.repo

Step 2 – Install Software packages

The following steps install the required MySQL 5.6, PHP 5.4 and Nginx.

yum -y --enablerepo=remi install mysql-server php-fpm php-mysql
yum -y --enablerepo=nginx install nginx

Step 3 – Configure Software packages

Set the user and group for php-fpm

sed -i s'/user = apache/user = nginx/' /etc/php-fpm.d/www.conf
sed -i s'/group = apache/group = nginx/' /etc/php-fpm.d/www.conf

Edit the nginx config file to set site defaults

vi /etc/nginx/conf.d/default.conf
server {
    listen       80;                            # listen port
    server_name  localhost;                     # Server name (
    location / {
        root   /usr/share/nginx/html;           # Document root
        index index.php  index.html index.htm;
    location ~ .php$ {
        root           /usr/share/nginx/html;   # Document root
        fastcgi_index  index.php;
        fastcgi_param  SCRIPT_FILENAME  $document_root$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;

Step 4 – Start up the servers

To Start up MySQL, Nginx and PHP-FPM

service mysqld start
service php-fpm start
service nginx start

To set MySQL, PHP-FPM and Nginx to restart in case of a server reboot

chkconfig mysqld on
chkconfig php-fpm on
chkconfig nginx on

Step 5 – Test that it’s all working together

Create a phpinfo page

echo '<?php phpinfo(); ?>' > /usr/share/nginx/html/phpinfo.php

Navigate to the site in your browser and check that the php information is returned

http://ip address/phpinfo.php

Create a mysql access page

vi /usr/share/nginx/html/mysql.php

enter the following php code

$con = mysql_connect("localhost","root","");
if (!$con)
  die('Unable to connect to the server: ' . mysql_error());
  echo "Success - PHP has Connected to MySQL...!";

Navigate to the site in your browser and check that “Success – PHP has Connected to MySQL…!” is returned

http://ip address/mysql.php

Step 6 – Secure MySQL

Optionally to set the root password and secure the installation run the secure script as follows.


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