How to Install LEMP Stack (Nginx, MariaDB, PHP7.2) on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS?

Nginx, MariaDB and PHP7.2 are called (LEMP). Following are the steps to install LEMP on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

  1. Let us update our Ubuntu Package.

    # sudo apt update
    # sudo apt upgrade
  2. Install Nginx Webserver. It is a high-performance server and used as Reverse Proxy.

    # sudo apt install Nginx
  3. Start and Enable the Nginx. It will auto-start the Nginx at boot time.

    # sudo systemctl start nginx
    # sudo systemctl enable nginx
  4. You can check the Nginx Version with the below command.

    # nginx -v
    nginx version: nginx/1.14.0 (Ubuntu)

          You can access the server IP Address in Browser and it will bring the default Nginx page.


          We can set www-data (Nginx user) as the owner of the web directory.

# sudo chown www-data:www-data /usr/share/nginx/html -R 
  1. Install MariaDB with below Command. MariaDB is a replacement for MySQL.

    # sudo apt install mariadb-server mariadb-client
  2. Start and Enable the MariaDB. It will auto-start the MariaDB at boot time.

    # sudo systemctl start mariadb 
    # sudo systemctl enable mariadb
  3. Run below command for the post-installation security script.

    # sudo mysql_secure_installation

  4. Enter MySQL root password and confirm the password and set the required configuration.

  5. Verify the MariaDB Version with the below command.

    # mariadb --version

It will give below output.

 # mariadb  Ver 15.1 Distrib 10.1.43-MariaDB, for debian-linux-gnu (x86_64) using readline 5.2
  1. By Default, PHP 7.2 is included with the default Ubuntu Repository for 18.04. However, please enter the below command to install php7.2 with some common extensions.

    # sudo apt install php7.2 php7.2-fpm php7.2-mysql php-common php7.2-cli php7.2-common php7.2-json php7.2-opcache php7.2-readline php7.2-mbstring php7.2-xml php7.2-gd php7.2-curl
  2. Start and Enable the PHP 7.2-fpm It will auto-start the PHP at boot time.

    # sudo systemctl start php7.2-fpm
    # sudo systemctl enable php7.2-fpm
  3. Run the below command to remove the default symlink in the sites-enabled directory.

    # sudo rm /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/default
  4. Create a new server block file inside /etc/nginx/conf.d/ directory.

    # sudo nano /etc/nginx/conf.d/default.conf
  5. Add the below text in default.conf

    server {
      listen 80;
      listen [::]:80;
      server_name _;
      root /usr/share/nginx/html/;
      index index.php index.html index.htm index.nginx-debian.html;
      location / {
        try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php;
      location ~ \.php$ {
        fastcgi_pass unix:/run/php/php7.2-fpm.sock;
        fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;
        include fastcgi_params;
        include snippets/fastcgi-php.conf;
     # A long browser cache lifetime can speed up repeat visits to your page
      location ~* \.(jpg|jpeg|gif|png|webp|svg|woff|woff2|ttf|css|js|ico|xml)$ {
           access_log        off;
           log_not_found     off;
           expires           360d;
      # disable access to hidden files
      location ~ /\.ht {
          access_log off;
          log_not_found off;
          deny all;
  6. Save and Close it and restart the Nginx service.

    # sudo systemctl reload nginx 
  7. We will test the PHP-FPM with NGINX Web Server. Let us create phpinfo.php page in root directory.

    # sudo nano /usr/share/nginx/html/info.php
  8. Paste the php info code as below.

    <?php phpinfo();>
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