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Installing NGINX with PHP and MySQL

My OS: Windows 7 Home Premuim 64bit

Software Installed:

  1. NGINX 0.9.5 for Windows
  2. PHP:
  3. MySQL: mysql-5.5.9-winx64.msi
NGINX Installation
  1. Unzip into C:\nginx
  2. Change the nginx.conf in C:\nginx\conf as per instructions at
  3. See my nginx.conf file here.
Note that in this example, it is assumed that PHP is installed in C:\nginx\php (unzipped into this folder) and MySQl is installed in C:\Program Files\MySQL

PHP Installation
  1. After downloading the zip version of PHP (V6, threadsafe, zip), unzip into C:\nginx\php\
  2. Rename php.ini-production to php.ini
  3. Make changes to this file as given in at but do not expect the line numbers given to match exactly. Activate the extensions extension=php_mysql.dll and extension_dir  = "ext"

MySQL Installation

  1. After downloading the latest VC6 version, run the installer and follow the directions provided at
  2. Set the root password and note it somewhere. You will need it to manage the server.
  3. To manage the MySQL server, I would advice you use the mysql.exe console program in the bin directory of the MySQL installation folder. MySQL Administrator was a good GUI tool to administer MySQl but has been discontinued. MySQlL Workbench is a very messy tool that I guess you could figure out how to use if you have the time. I don’t. MySQL.exe is a command line tool. See tutorial at: In my case, I created a database called coursesb, created a table in this database and then used the LOAD INFILE command to load MS Excel data saved as a CSV file (comma delimited). Example:
Note the CSV file’s location is given as an absolute path.

My table creation was achieved with the following:
title VARCHAR(100) NOT NULL,

Environmental Variables

Both the location of PHP and MySQL are added to the PATH variable. In my case the paths included are: C:\nginx\php;C:\Program Files\MySQL\MySQL Server 5.5\bin

Starting and Stopping NGINX, PHP and MySQL

In my installation, the following are used to start the servers. They are in C:\nginx where the “RunHiddenConsole.exe” is also located(download from: ). The VBS scripts prevent the console window from showing. RunHiddenConsole.exe is also supposed to do the same but doesn’t seem to work. The actual file to run is “start.vbs” You can create a shortcut on your desktop or START menu.

Table : start.bat
ECHO Starting PHP FastCGI...
RunHiddenConsole.exe C:\nginx\php\php-cgi.exe -b
ECHO Starting nginx...
ECHO Starting MySQL...
RunHiddenConsole.exe "C:\Program Files\MySQL\MySQL Server 5.5\bin\mysqld" --defaults-file="C:\Program Files\MySQL\MySQL Server 5.5\my.ini"

Table : start.vbs
Dim sh
Set sh = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell") "start.bat", 0
Set sh = Nothing

Table : stop.bat

nginx -s quit
net stop MySQL
taskkill /f /IM php-cgi.exe

Table : stop.vbs
Dim sh
Set sh = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell") "stop.bat", 0
Set sh = Nothing

MySQL should already be running as a service that starts with Windows. The stop.bat scripts should stop MySQL server. Note that you should see php-cgi.exe in memory. NGINX used FastCGI implemented by php-cgi.exe

Test PHP

To test PHP, create the following PHP file and load it using the URL http://localhost/text.php

Test.php is shown below:

Table : test.php


Output of test.php:


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