To get started with NGINX Open Source or NGINX Plus, you first need to install it on a system and learn some basics.

Installing on Debian/Ubuntu

Create a file named /etc/apt/sources.list.d/nginx.list that contains the following contents:

sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list.d/nginx.list

content of nginx.list

deb CODENAME nginx
deb-src CODENAME nginx

check you system OS and CODENAME

lsb_release -a

the file nginx.list should be look like below

# comment
deb focal nginx
deb-src focal nginx

Alter the file, replacing OS at the end of the URL with ubuntu or debian, depending on your distribution. Replace CODENAME with the code name for your distribu‐ tion; jessie or stretch for Debian, or trusty, xenial, artful, or bionic for Ubuntu. Then, run the following commands:

Get key

sudo wget

add key

sudo apt-key add nginx_signing.key

full update

sudo bash -c "apt update & apt upgrade -y && apt autoremove -y"

and now install NGINX

sudo apt-get install -y nginx

start NGINX

sudo /etc/init.d/nginx start

Verifying Your Installation

nginx -v

You can confirm that NGINX is running by using the following command:

ps -ef | grep nginx

To verify that NGINX is returning requests correctly, use your browser to make a request to your machine or use curl.

curl localhost

NGINX commands

nginx -h – Shows the NGINX help menu.

nginx -v – Shows the NGINX version.

nginx -V – Shows the NGINX version, build information, and configuration arguments, which shows the modules built into the NGINX binary.

nginx -t – Tests the NGINX configuration.

nginx -T – Tests the NGINX configuration and prints the validated configuration to the screen. This command is useful when seeking support.

nginx -s signal – The -s flag sends a signal to the NGINX master process. You can send signals such as stop, quit, reload, and reopen. The stop signal discontinues the NGINX process immediately. The quit signal stops the NGINX process after it finishes processing inflight requests. The reload signal reloads the configuration. The reopen signal instructs NGINX to reopen logfiles.


The file you just created instructs the advanced package tool (APT) package manage‐ ment system to utilize the Official NGINX package repository. Modifying the file to provide the correct endpoint and code name for your distribution ensures that the APT utility receives the correct .deb packages for your system. The following com‐ mands download the NGINX GPG package signing key and import it into APT. Pro‐ viding APT the signing key enables the APT system to validate packages from the repository. The apt-get update command instructs the APT system to refresh its package listings from its known repositories. After the package list is refreshed, you can install NGINX Open Source from the Official NGINX repository. After you install it, the final command starts NGINX.