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Mastering NGINX - Second Edition

By : Dimitri Aivaliotis
Book Image

Mastering NGINX - Second Edition

By: Dimitri Aivaliotis

Overview of this book

NGINX is a high-performance HTTP server and mail proxy designed to use very few system resources. But despite its power it is often a challenge to properly configure NGINX to meet your expectations. Mastering Nginx is the solution – an insider’s guide that will clarify the murky waters of NGINX’s configuration. Tune NGINX for various situations, improve your NGINX experience with some of the more obscure configuration directives, and discover how to design and personalize a configuration to match your needs. To begin with, quickly brush up on installing and setting up the NGINX server on the OS and its integration with third-party modules. From here, move on to explain NGINX's mail proxy module and its authentication, and reverse proxy to solve scaling issues. Then see how to integrate NGINX with your applications to perform tasks. The latter part of the book focuses on working through techniques to solve common web issues and the know-hows using NGINX modules. Finally, we will also explore different configurations that will help you troubleshoot NGINX server and assist with performance tuning.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
Mastering NGINX - Second Edition
About the Author
About the Reviewer
Directive Reference
Persisting Solaris Network Tunings

NGINX global configuration parameters

The global section is used to configure the parameters that affect the entire server and is an exception to the format shown in the preceding section. The global section may include configuration directives, such as user and worker_processes, as well as sections, such as events. There are no open and closing braces ({}) surrounding the global section.

The most important configuration directives in the global context are shown in the following table. These configuration directives will be the ones that you will be dealing with for the most part.

Global configuration directives



The user and group under which the worker processes run is configured using this parameter. If the group is omitted, a group name equal to that of the user is used.


This directive shows the number of worker processes that will be started. These processes will handle all the connections made by the clients. Choosing the right number depends...