How to configure nginx for Joomla

With the recent release of version 3.9, Joomla is still one of the most popular CMS platforms in the world. This latest release features full PHP 7 support, drag-and-drop images…

This assumes you have a working Joomla installation and have located the files at /var/www/html/. If you need an installation guide, try the official documentation available at

To use Joomla with NGINX, we need a simple NGINX configuration file. This is a very basic PHP-FPM configuration with no changes required.

nano /etc/nginx/conf.d/joomla.conf

Then copy and paste the content below into the file and save.

server { 
    listen       80; 
    server_name  joomla.local; 
    access_log  /var/log/nginx/joomla.access.log  combined; 
    index index.php; 
    root   /var/www/html/; 
    location / { 
        try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php?$args; 
    location ~ \.php$ { 
        fastcgi_pass unix:/var/run/php/php7.3-fpm.sock; 
        fastcgi_index index.php; 
        fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name; 
        include fastcgi_params; 
    location ^~ /cache/ { 
        deny all; 

Reload NGINX to read the new configuration file.

sudo service nginx reload

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