Sat 04 April 2015


Nginx - PHP-FPM - MySQL OpenBSD 5.6

El siguiente articulo esta en Ingles y fue escrito por mi para

OpenBSD is most used in firewall implementations,however, many people around the world are using OpenBSD as web server, mainly programmers and sysadmins. We assume a knowledge of OpenBSD, nginx and Unix in general.

nginx [engine x] is an HTTP and reverse proxy server, as well as a mail proxy server, written by Igor Sysoev. For a long time, it has been running on many heavily loaded Russian sites . (from the website).

PHP-FPM (FastCGI Process Manager) is an alternative PHP FastCGI implementation with some additional features useful for sites of any size, especially busier sites. (from the site)


  • OpenBSD 5.6 installed in your VPS
  • set the PKG_PATH =`arch -s`
  • super user access

Install nginx

$ sudo pkg_add -v nginx
Ambiguous: choose package for nginx
a     0: <None>
      1: nginx-1.4.7p0
      2: nginx-1.4.7p0-lua
      3: nginx-1.4.7p0-naxsi
      4: nginx-1.4.7p0-passenger
      5: nginx-1.5.7p3
      6: nginx-1.5.7p3-lua
      7: nginx-1.5.7p3-naxsi
      8: nginx-1.5.7p3-passenger
  Your choice:

For the purposes of this document, we install the "5" option.

Install PHP-FPM

$ sudo pkg_add -v php-fpm-5.5.14.tgz

The /etc/rc.conf.local must be containt the next line


And the /etc/rc.conf for start automatically in each reboot.

# rc.d(8) packages scripts
# started in the specified order and stopped in reverse order

Editing /etc/nginx/nginx.conf and /etc/php-fpm.conf

Basic requeriments for /etc/nginx/nginx.conf in the server section.

location ~ \.php$ {
            try_files $uri =404;
            fastcgi_split_path_info ^(.+\.php)(/.+)$;
            fastcgi_index index.php;
            fastcgi_param  SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;
            include fastcgi_params;

Edit /etc/php-fpm.conf

; Unix user/group of processes
; Note: The user is mandatory. If the group is not set, the default user's 
; group will be used.
user = www
group = www

; The address on which to accept FastCGI requests.
; Valid syntaxes are:
; ''    - to listen on a TCP socket to a specific address on
;                            a specific port;
;   'port'                 - to listen on a TCP socket to all addresses on a
;                            specific port;
;   '/path/to/unix/socket' - to listen on a unix socket.
; Note: This value is mandatory.

listen =

Installing MySQL

$ sudo pkg_add -v mysql-server-5.1.73p0v0.tgz

Update candidates: quirks-2.9 -> quirks-2.9 (ok)
quirks-2.9 signed on 2014-07-31T22:37:55Z
mysql-server-5.1.73p0v0:p5-Net-Daemon-0.48: ok
mysql-server-5.1.73p0v0:p5-PlRPC-0.2018p1: ok
mysql-server-5.1.73p0v0:p5-Clone-0.36p0: ok
mysql-server-5.1.73p0v0:p5-Params-Util-1.07p0: ok
mysql-server-5.1.73p0v0:p5-SQL-Statement-1.405: ok
mysql-server-5.1.73p0v0:p5-FreezeThaw-0.5001: ok
mysql-server-5.1.73p0v0:p5-MLDBM-2.05: ok
mysql-server-5.1.73p0v0:p5-DBI-1.631p0: ok
mysql-server-5.1.73p0v0:mysql-client-5.1.73v0: ok
mysql-server-5.1.73p0v0:p5-DBD-mysql-4.027: ok
mysql-server-5.1.73p0v0: ok
The following new rcscripts were installed: /etc/rc.d/mysqld
See rc.d(8) for details.
Look in /usr/local/share/doc/pkg-readmes for extra documentation.
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Initial setup

Later to install MySQL you need setup this.

Create the initial database:

$ sudo /usr/local/bin/mysql_install_db

You can run the /usr/local/bin/mysql_secure_installation script for optimize your mysql installation or set the root password directly with the next command.

$ sudo /usr/local/bin/mysqladmin -u root password 'password'

And execute mysql as root for administrations tasks only, you can create databases and users.

$ mysql -u root -p
Enter password: 
Welcome to the MySQL monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MySQL connection id is 47
Server version: 5.1.73-log OpenBSD port: mysql-server-5.1.73p0v0

Copyright (c) 2000, 2013, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.

Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle Corporation and/or its
affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective

Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the current input statement.


MySQL support for PHP

$ sudo pkg_add -v php-pdo_mysql-5.5.14.tgz

Starting daemons

$ sudo /etc/rc.d/nginx start
$ sudo /etc/rc.d/php-fpm start
$ sudo /etc/rc.d/mysqld start

You can write a basic info.php file into documentroot, in my case, /var/www/htdocs/


if all is ok, then you can view the PHP information web page.


Basic log files are found in /var/log/nginx subdirectory for audit purposes.


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