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How to install latest stable NGINX on CentOS/RHEL 8 properly

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Follow these instructions on how to install the latest stable NGINX web server in CentOS/RHEL 8 server.

Step 1. Prepare your system

First things first. You have to upgrade your RHEL / CentOS 8 to the latest release:

dnf -y upgrade

Step 2. Setup RPM repository

Latest stable NGINX can be found in GetPageSpeed ( repository.

This repository is a CDN powered repository and builds on exact same binaries released by official website.

More than that, GetPageSpeed repository holds many dynamic NGINX modules. So you can install both the base nginx package as well as all the amazing modules for it.

To setup GetPageSpeed repository, run

sudo dnf -y install

Step 3. Install NGINX

Install NGINX in RHEL 8:

sudo dnf -y --disablerepo=rhel-8-for-x86_64-appstream-rpms install nginx

Install NGINX in CentOS 8:

dnf --disablerepo=AppStream install nginx

Take note of the --disablerepo switch. It is required for the following reasons:

  • CentOS/RHEL 8 ships with new modular repository which has older NGINX version. This repository has priority over others
  • dnf has a preference towards modular packages unless a repository holding them is disabled


Now we are ready to run NGINX:

systemctl start nginx

And don’t forget to enable it at boot time:

systemctl enable nginx

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