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Nginx HTTP Server - Fourth Edition

By : Martin Bjerretoft Fjordvald, Clement Nedelcu
Book Image

Nginx HTTP Server - Fourth Edition

By: Martin Bjerretoft Fjordvald, Clement Nedelcu

Overview of this book

Nginx is a lightweight HTTP server designed for high-traffic websites, with network scalability as the primary objective. With the advent of high-speed internet access, short loading times and fast transfer rates have become a necessity. This book is a detailed guide to setting up Nginx in ways that correspond to actual production situations: as a standalone server, as a reverse proxy, interacting with applications via FastCGI, and more. In addition, this complete direct reference will be indispensable at all stages of the configuration and maintenance processes. This book mainly targets the most recent version of Nginx (1.13.2) and focuses on all the new additions and improvements, such as support for HTTP/2, improved dynamic modules, security enhancements, and support for multiple SSL certificates. This book is the perfect companion for both Nginx beginners and experienced administrators. For beginners, it will take you through the complete process of setting up this lightweight HTTP server on your system and configuring its various modules so that it does exactly what you need quickly and securely. For more experienced administrators, this book provides different approaches that can help you make the most of your current infrastructure. Nginx can be employed in many situations, whether you are looking to construct an entirely new web-serving architecture or simply want to integrate an efficient tool to optimize your site loading speeds.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)

Porting your Apache configuration

That's it. You've had enough of Apache. You finally decided to make a complete switch to Nginx. There are quite a few steps ahead of you now, the first of which is to adapt your previous configuration to ensure that your existing websites work 1:1 after the switch.


This first section will summarize some of the common Apache configuration directives and attempt to provide equivalent or replacement solutions from Nginx. The list follows the order of the default Apache configuration file:

Apache directive

Nginx equivalent

ServerTokens: Apache allows you to configure the information transmitted in request headers regarding the server OS and software name and versions.

server_tokens: In Nginx, you may enable or disable transmission of server information by using the server_tokens directive from the main HTTP module.

ServerRoot: Lets you define the root folder of the server, which will contain the configuration and logs folder.

--prefix build-time option: With...