Installing NGINX on Mac (OS X Mavericks)

First we need to install nginx. Using brew we just need to run the following command:

brew install nginx

Initialise nginx

To start nginx run the following commmand:

sudo nginx

If you want nginx server running automatically every time you log in, just run the following command:

ln -sfv /usr/local/opt/nginx/*.plist ~/Library/LaunchAgents

Test nginx server

At this point the nginx server should be running on port 8080. Open Safari and type the following address:


We should see the nginx welcome page. The page loaded by default can be found in the following path: “/usr/local/Cellar/nginx/1.6.0_1/html/index.html“. Note that the folder 1.6.0_1 could be different depending on the nginx version you have installed.

Updating Config file

We going to change port 8080 to port 80 (HTTP) so we can access nginx just using the address http://localhost. Also we will activate the server access and error logs.

Updating port

Open nginx configuration file:

vim /usr/local/etc/nginx/nginx.conf

Look for the following lines:

    server {
        listen       8080;
        server_name  localhost;

Now update the file writing 80 instead 8080.

Activating server logs

To activate logs we need to uncomment the following lines removing the dash “#“:

#error_log  logs/error.log;


#access_log  logs/host.access.log  main;

This will create useful logs at “/usr/local/Cellar/nginx/1.6.0_1/logs“. Remember that the folder “1.6.0_1” from the previous path could be different depending on the nginx version you have installed.

Saving new configuration

After doing all the previous changes to the config file we just need to save it and run the following command:

sudo nginx -s reload

And that was it, we have nginx running on http://localhost and generating error and access logs. For more information about the nginx config file please visit nginx documentation.

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