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The Internet is full of wrong advice everywhere. Unfortunately, first results in Google tend to lead you to the worst advice of compiling NGINX from source to avail of features like ALPN or integrating some module. See my post on [where compilation is wrong][https://www.getpagespeed.com/server-setup/where-compilation-went-wrong] to realize why compilation should be absolutely avoided.
Follow these instructions on how to install the latest stable NGINX web server in RHEL 7 / CentOS 7 server.
Step 1. Prepare your system
First things first. You have to upgrade your RHEL / CentOS 7 to the latest release:
sudo yum -y upgrade
Next, decide on the repository to fetch NGINX from:
Step 2. Setup RPM repository
Option 1. Install latest stable NGINX from
To add this repository, import NGINX package signing key and install release package which contains the YUM repository file.
sudo rpm --import https://nginx.org/keys/nginx_signing.key sudo yum -y install http://nginx.org/packages/centos/7/noarch/RPMS/nginx-release-centos-7-0.el7.ngx.noarch.rpm
NGINX may be present in other repositories which are found on your system. Popular EPEL repository has NGINX as well. So let’s make sure that the NGINX version from the configured repository will have priority over other versions.
Install priorities yum plugin and adjust NGINX repository priority:
sudo yum -y install yum-plugin-priorities echo 'priority=1' | sudo tee -a /etc/yum.repos.d/nginx.repo
yum will prefer to install NGINX from the official repository.
Option 2. Install latest stable NGINX from GetPageSpeed (
Our CDN powered repository builds on exact same binaries released by official
Recommended: It can work as a standalone base for installing NGINX because it has copies of stable NGINX builds. In that case, only install this repository.
Alternatively, GetPageSpeed repository can be used to extend the official (
nginx.org) repository with many NGINX modules. This way you can install the base
nginx package from the official repository, while all the amazing modules will be fetched from GetPageSpeed. In that case, you would install both repositories.
To setup GetPageSpeed repository, run
sudo yum -y install https://extras.getpagespeed.com/release-el7-latest.rpm
Step 3. Install NGINX
Install NGINX with:
sudo yum -y install nginx
Now we are ready to run NGINX:
sudo systemctl start nginx
And don’t forget to enable it at boot time:
sudo systemctl enable nginx
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