How to Install Lighttpd on CentOS 8

Install Lighttpd on CentOS 8

In this article, we will have explained the necessary steps to install and configure Lighttpd on CentOS 8. Before continuing with this tutorial, make sure you are logged in as a user with sudo privileges. All the commands in this tutorial should be run as a non-root user.

Lighttpd is a “secure, fast, compatible, and very flexible” web server optimized for high-performance environments. It consumes very few resources compared to other web servers and especially fast for running AJAX applications. Lighttpd comes with a rich set of features, such as FastCGI, SCGI, Auth, URL-Rewriting, Output-Compression, event mechanism, and more.

Install Lighttpd on CentOS 8

Step 1. The first command will update the package lists to ensure you get the latest version and dependencies.

sudo dnf install epel-release
sudo dnf update

Step 2. Install Lighttpd on CentOS system.

Run the following command to install Lighttpd web server:

sudo dnf install lighttpd

After successfully install Lighttpd, issue the commands below to start and enable the service to automatically start at boot time:

sudo systemctl start lighttpd
sudo systemctl enable lighttpd

Check the version of the Lighttpd server installed with the command:

lighttpd -v

Once done, now you need to allow HTTP and HTTPS traffic on your firewall:

sudo firewall-cmd --permanent --zone=public --add-service=http
sudo firewall-cmd --permanent --zone=public --add-service=https
sudo firewall-cmd --reload

Then, open a web browser and go to http://localhost if you installed locally or http://your-server-ip-address if you installed remotely.

Step 3. Install PHP and PHP-FPM with FastCGI.

Install PHP and PHP-FPM packages using the dnf command:

sudo dnf install php php-fpm lighttpd-fastcgi php-mysqlnd php-pdo php-gd php-mbstring

Next, edit the configuration ‘/etc/php-fpm.d/www.conf‘ :

nano /etc/php-fpm.d/www.conf

Change the default ‘user’ and ‘group’ to Lighttpd:

user = lighttpd
group = lighttpd

Also, change the default PHP-FPM listen using the local IP address with port ‘9000’:

listen =

Next, edit the PHP configuration ‘/etc/php.ini‘ using nano editor:

nano /etc/php.ini

Uncomment the following line to get support with the PHP-CGI for the Lighttpd web server:


Save and close the file., restart Lighttpd and PHP-FPM service to apply all the configuration changes:

sudo systemctl restart lighttpd
sudo systemctl restart php-fpm

Congratulation, you have learned how to install and configure Lighttpd web server on CentOS 8. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.