How To Install Lighttpd With PHP5-FPM And MySQL Support On Debian

Valic —  February 7, 2013 — Leave a comment

Lighttpd is an open-source web server more optimized for speed-critical environments than common products while remaining standards-compliant, secure and flexible.

In this tutorial I will show you how yo install Lighttpd on Debian with PHP-FPM and MySQL support.

Step1. Install MySQL

apt-get install mysql-server mysql-client libmysqlclient16

Make sure that you provide a strong password for the MySQL root user.

Step2. Install Lighttpd on Debian

apt-get install lighttpd

You can access now this page http://localhost/index.lighttpd.html from your browser and you should see the Lighttpd default page


Step3.  Install PHP5-FPM

echo "deb stable all" >> /etc/apt/sources.list
echo "deb-src stable all" >> /etc/apt/sources.list
cat dotdeb.gpg |apt-key add -
apt-get update
apt-get install php5-fpm php5

Step4. Configure Lighttpd And PHP5

4.1 To enable PHP5 in Lighttpd you need to open  /etc/php5/fpm/php.ini file and uncomment the line cgi.fix_pathinfo=1

nano /etc/php5/fpm/php.ini

Remove ; from line.


4.2 Now you need to  enable PHP-FPM by modifying 15-fastcgi-php.conf file as follows:

nano /etc/lighttpd/conf-available/15-fastcgi-php.conf

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

4.3 Enable the fastcgi module and restart Lighttpd server:

lighttpd-enable-mod fastcgi
lighttpd-enable-mod fastcgi-php

/etc/init.d/lighttpd restart
Stopping web server: lighttpd.
Starting web server: lighttpd.

4.4 Test now  PHP5 configuration by creating a phpinfo page:

echo " " > /var/www/phpinfo.php

Now when you will access the phpinfo.php file from your browser you should see that PHP5-FPM is enabled. (at this point you don’t have MySQL enabled)


Step5. Configure MySQL to work with PHP5

To get MySQL work with PHP you need to install the php5-mysql package.

apt-get install php5-mysql

Now reload php-fpm configuration and check again phpinfo.php file. Scroll down to the modules section and you should see that MySQL is now enabled.

/etc/init.d/php5-fpm reload



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