Stack Setup

Lighttpd on Debian 6

This wiki-entry will guide you through quickly setting up lighttpd to serve php-files.

Initial steps

apt-get update && apt-get upgrade --force-yes

Installing needed packages:

apt-get install nano lighttpd php5-cgi

Changing the configs

Next we proceed to edit our lighttpd.conf file to allow it to serve php-files

nano /etc/lighttpd/lighttpd.conf

Modify the server.modules section to include:


And at the end of the config add this:

fastcgi.server = ( ".php" => ((
                     "bin-path" => "/usr/bin/php5-cgi",
                     "socket" => "/tmp/php.socket"

Now save and restart your lighttpd-server using

/etc/init.d/lighttpd restart

You may test that PHP is beign served correctly by creating a test.php file in your webroot, this file should contain the following:


If all is done successfully you should now see PHP-information.