Nginx is a free, open source, high-performance web server. If you need HTTP and HTTPS but don’t want to run Apache, then Nginx is good choice at least for Linux.
First make sure the list of available packages is up to date:
apt-get -y update
Run the following command to install it:
apt-get -y install nginx
Once the installation is done the nginx service should automatically start and start listening on port 80.
Find your server’s IP address run the following command:
ip addr show eth0 | grep inet
Your result may look similar to:
inet xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx/22 brd yyy.yyy.yyy.yyy scope global eth0
Where xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx is the IP address of your server.
Verify that nginx is running by visiting http://yourserverip For example: http://126.96.36.199.
Manage the nginx Service
Here are the some example commands for Nginx:
Start the nginx Service:
service nginx start
Stop the nginx Service:
service nginx stop
Restart the nginx Service:
service nginx restart
Check the Status of the nginx Service:
service nginx status
Assure that nginx starts at boot:
update-rc.d nginx defaults