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Install NGINX

NGINX is a popular web server technology used for a number of different scenarios like a standard web server, a reverse proxy, and even load balancing. Configuration for those examples varies, but with a runbook, you can automate the installation of NGINX as a routine operational task.

Create the runbook

To create a runbook to install NGINX on an Ubuntu machine:

  1. From your project’s overview page, navigate to Operations ➜ Runbooks, and click ADD RUNBOOK.
  2. Give the runbook a name and click SAVE.
  3. Click DEFINE YOUR RUNBOOK PROCESS, and then click ADD STEP.
  4. Click Script, and then select the Run a Script step.
  5. Give the step a name.
  6. Choose the Execution Location on which to run this step.
  7. In the Inline source code section, select Bash and add the following code:
# Update repositories
sudo apt-get update

# Install NGINX
sudo apt-get install nginx -y

# Configure firewall
# Uncomment out the line that meets your needs
sudo ufw allow 'Nginx Full' # both ports 80 and 443
# sudo ufw allow 'Nginx HTTP' # port 80 only
# sudo ufw allow 'Nginx HTTPS' # port 443 only

# Uncomment to disable default virtual host
#unlink /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/default
# Update repositories
sudo yum check-update

# Install NGINX
sudo yum install nginx -y

# Configure firewall
# Uncomment out the line that meets your needs
sudo firewall-cmd --permanent --zone=public --add-service=http --add-service=https # both ports 80 and 443
# sudo firewall-cmd --permanent --zone=public --add-service=http # port 80 only
# sudo firewall-cmd --permanent --zone-public --add-service=https  # port 443 only
sudo firewall-cmd --reload

# Start the service
sudo systemctl start nginx

With a small script, you can include the installation of NGINX with your infrastructure provisioning.

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Last updated Sunday, January 1, 2023