Install Nginx, PHP, PostgreSQL for Laravel/Lumen Ubuntu Server


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Install the PostgreSQL Database Server Package

  1. Add the PostgreSQL repository to your server's APT sources.

      $ sudo sh -c 'echo "deb $(lsb_release -cs)-pgdg main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/pgdg.list'
  2. Import the PostgreSQL repository key to your server using the wget utility.

     $ wget --quiet -O - | sudo tee /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/postgresql.asc > /dev/null
  3. Update the server packages to synchronize the new PostgreSQL repository.

     $ sudo apt update
  4. Install PostgreSQL on your server.

     $ sudo apt install postgresql-15
  5. Start the PostgreSQL database server.

     $ sudo systemctl restart postgresql
  6. View the PostgreSQL service status and verify that it's active.

     $ sudo systemctl status postgresql


      ● postgresql.service - PostgreSQL RDBMS
           Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/postgresql.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
           Active: active (exited) since Sun 2024-04-21 16:08:10 UTC; 13s ago
          Process: 6756 ExecStart=/bin/true (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
         Main PID: 6756 (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
              CPU: 1ms

Install PHP-FPM


sudo apt update && apt upgrade -y
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php #private repo
sudo apt update
sudo apt-get install -y php8.2-fpm php8.2-cli php8.2-common php8.2-zip php8.2-gd php8.2-mbstring php8.2-curl php8.2-xml php8.2-bcmath php8.2-pgsql

1. Run system updates

The first thing to do in a new system is to update our repositories in order to make them up to date. Run upgrade command also.

sudo apt update && apt upgrade -y

2. Add Ondrej sury PPA repository

To run PHP 8.2 on Ubuntu 22.04, we need to add Ondrej sury PPA into our system. This is the maintainer of the PHP repository at the moment. This PPA is not currently checked so installing from it will not be guaranteed 100% results.

To add this PPA use the following command on our terminal.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php

After installation is complete we need to update the repositories again for the changes to take effect.

sudo apt update

3. Install PHP 8.2 on Ubuntu Server

We should now be able to install PHP 8.2 on Ubuntu 22.04 Linux machine. The commands to run are as shared below:

sudo apt install php8.2-fpm -y

Check for the currently active version of PHP with the following command:

php --version

4. Install PHP 8.2 Extensions

Besides PHP itself, you will likely want to install some additional PHP modules. You can use this command to install additional modules, replacing PACKAGE_NAME with the package you wish to install:

sudo apt-get install php8.2-PACKAGE_NAME

You can also install more than one package at a time. Here are a few suggestions of the most common modules you will most likely want to install:

sudo apt-get install -y php8.2-cli php8.2-common php8.2-zip php8.2-gd php8.2-mbstring php8.2-curl php8.2-xml php8.2-bcmath php8.2-pgsql

This command will install the following modules:

  • php8.2-cli – command interpreter, useful for testing PHP scripts from a shell or performing general shell scripting tasks

  • php8.2-common – documentation, examples, and common modules for PHP

  • php8.2-zip – for working with compressed files

  • php8.2-gd – for working with images

  • php8.2-mbstring – used to manage non-ASCII strings

  • php8.2-curl – lets you make HTTP requests in PHP

  • php8.2-xml – for working with XML data

  • php8.2-bcmath – used when working with precision floats

  • php8.2-pgsql – for working with PostgreSQL databases

Install Composer Ubuntu Server

sudo apt-get install curl php8.2-cli php8.2-mbstring git unzip
curl –sS | php
sudo mv composer.phar /usr/local/bin/composer
composer -V

Install Latest Nginx Ubuntu Server

Ubuntu 22.04

Install the prerequisites:

sudo apt install curl gnupg2 ca-certificates lsb-release ubuntu-keyring

Import an official nginx signing key so apt could verify the packages authenticity. Fetch the key:

curl | gpg --dearmor \
    | sudo tee /usr/share/keyrings/nginx-archive-keyring.gpg >/dev/null

Verify that the downloaded file contains the proper key:

gpg --dry-run --quiet --no-keyring --import --import-options import-show /usr/share/keyrings/nginx-archive-keyring.gpg

The output should contain the full fingerprint 573BFD6B3D8FBC641079A6ABABF5BD827BD9BF62 as follows:

pub   rsa2048 2011-08-19 [SC] [expires: 2024-06-14]
uid                      nginx signing key <>

If the fingerprint is different, remove the file.

To set up the apt repository for stable nginx packages, run the following command:

echo "deb [signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/nginx-archive-keyring.gpg] \ `lsb_release -cs` nginx" \
    | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/nginx.list

If you would like to use mainline nginx packages, run the following command instead:

echo "deb [signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/nginx-archive-keyring.gpg] \ `lsb_release -cs` nginx" \
    | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/nginx.list

Set up repository pinning to prefer our packages over distribution-provided ones:

echo -e "Package: *\nPin: origin\nPin: release o=nginx\nPin-Priority: 900\n" \
    | sudo tee /etc/apt/preferences.d/99nginx

To install nginx, run the following commands:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install nginx

Debian/Ubuntu 20.04 packages

The available NGINX Ubuntu release support is listed at this distribution page. For a mapping of Ubuntu versions to release names, please visit the Official Ubuntu Releases page.

Append the appropriate stanza to /etc/apt/sources.list. If there is concern about persistence of repository additions (i.e. DigitalOcean Droplets), the appropriate stanza may instead be added to a different list file under /etc/apt/sources.list.d/, such as /etc/apt/sources.list.d/nginx.list.

## Replace $release with your corresponding Ubuntu release.
deb $release nginx
deb-src $release nginx

e.g. Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa):

deb focal nginx
deb-src focal nginx

To install the packages, execute in your shell:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install nginx

If a W: GPG error: InRelease: The following signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY $key is encountered during the NGINX repository update, execute the following:

## Replace $key with the corresponding $key from your GPG error.
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-keys $key
sudo apt update
sudo apt install nginx

You have now nginx installed on your server but not ready to serve web pages. you have to start the nginx. You can do this by using this command:

sudo systemctl start nginx

Server Config Laravel & Lumen




server {
    listen 80;
    listen [::]:80;
    root /var/www/;

    add_header X-Frame-Options "SAMEORIGIN";
    add_header X-Content-Type-Options "nosniff";

    index index.php;

    charset utf-8;

    location / {
        try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php?$query_string;

    location = /favicon.ico { access_log off; log_not_found off; }
    location = /robots.txt  { access_log off; log_not_found off; }

    error_page 404 /index.php;

    location ~ \.php$ {
        fastcgi_pass unix:/var/run/php/php8.2-fpm.sock;
        fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $realpath_root$fastcgi_script_name;
        include fastcgi_params;

    location ~ /\.(?!well-known).* {
        deny all;

    server_tokens off; # for production

    access_log  /var/log/nginx/app_access.log;
    error_log  /var/log/nginx/app_error.log crit;


server {
    listen 80 default_server;
    listen [::]:80 default_server ipv6only=on;

    root /var/www/lumen/public;
    index index.php index.html index.htm;

    location / {
        try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php?$query_string;

    location ~ \.php$ {
        try_files $uri /index.php =404;
        fastcgi_split_path_info ^(.+\.php)(/.+)$;
        fastcgi_pass unix:/var/run/php/php8.2-fpm.sock;
        fastcgi_index index.php;
        fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;
        include fastcgi_params;

    server_tokens off; # for production

    access_log  /var/log/nginx/app_access.log;
    error_log  /var/log/nginx/app_error.log crit;

Set Permission

cd /var/www/
sudo chown www-data:www-data <DIR>
sudo chmod g+w <DIR>

set user nginx

sudo nano /etc/nginx/nginx.conf


user  nginx;
worker_processes  auto;

error_log  /var/log/nginx/error.log notice;
pid        /var/run/;


user  www-data;
worker_processes  auto;

error_log  /var/log/nginx/error.log notice;
pid        /var/run/;

restart nginx and php-fpm

sudo systemctl restart nginx
sudo systemctl restart php8.2-fpm