Nginx is one of the most widely used web servers in the world. In addition to being a web server it has also become very popular for reverse proxy, HTTP Caching & Load Balancing.
This is a multipart part series where we will be installing, configuring and deploying Nginx on a local machine with Mac OS installed as it were a production machine.
Let's start with Part 1: Installing Nginx.
We will be using Homebrew to install Nginx. To install Homebrew open your terminal and fire the below command:
/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/HEAD/install.sh)"
You can visit brew.sh for more details
If Homebrew is already installed you can use the below command to update the repository index
Once Homebrew is installed, installing Nginx is as easy as
brew install nginx
Once installed you can see the version of the Nginx that is installed in the Summary.
Starting and Stopping Nginx
To start the Nginx server fire the below command.
It will start the web server. You can then visit http://127.0.0.1:8080 in your browser to see a welcome message by Nginx.
To stop the Nginx server add the stop signal as below.
nginx -s stop