CentOS / RHEL 7

# yum install epel-release
# rpm -Uvh http://rpms.famillecollet.com/enterprise/remi-release-7.rpm
# rpm -Uvh https://mirror.webtatic.com/yum/el7/webtatic-release.rpm
# rpm -Uvh http://repo.mysql.com/mysql-community-release-el7-5.noarch.rpm

CentOS / RHEL 6

# yum install epel-release
# rpm -Uvh http://rpms.famillecollet.com/enterprise/remi-release-6.rpm
# rpm -Uvh https://mirror.webtatic.com/yum/el6/latest.rpm
# rpm -Uvh http://repo.mysql.com/mysql-community-release-el6-5.noarch.rpm

Step 2. Install PHP 7

Now install php 7 packages from webtatic rpm repository using following command.

# yum install php70w

Now install required php modules. Use following command to list available modules in yum repositories.

# yum search php70w

Now check all listed modules in above command and install required modules like below.

# yum install php70w-mysql php70w-xml php70w-soap php70w-xmlrpc
# yum install php70w-mbstring php70w-json php70w-gd php70w-mcrypt

Step 3. Install NGINX

NGINX is the popular web server used on Linux systems. Let’s install Nginx web server using following command on your system.

# yum install nginx

Now start nginx service and enable to start on boot using below commands.

# systemctl enable nginx.service
# systemctl start nginx.service

Step 4. Install MySQL 5.6

In step 1 we already have installed required yum repository in your system. Lets use following command to install MySQL server on your system.

# yum install mysql-server

You need to execute mysql_secure_installation once after installation of MySQL server using following command. First it will prompt to set a password for root account, after that ask few questions, I suggest to say yes ( y ) for all.

# systemctl start mysqld.service
# mysql_secure_installation

Now restart MySQL service and enable to start on system boot.

# systemctl restart mysqld.service
# systemctl enable mysqld.service

Step 5 — Setup PHP-FPM

Now use following command to install php7 fpm package using following command.

# yum install php70w-fpm

Step 6 — Create Nginx VirtualHost

Finally do the configuration of Nginx VirtualHost. For this example we are editing default configuration file.

$ sudo nano /etc/nginx/conf.d/example.conf

and make changes as below.

server {
        listen   80;

        root /var/www;
        index index.php index.html index.htm;
        server_name  example.com www.example.com;

        location / {
                try_files $uri $uri/ /index.html;

        error_page 404 /404.html;
        error_page 500 502 503 504 /50x.html;
        location = /50x.html {
              root /usr/share/nginx/www;

        location ~ .php$ {
                try_files $uri =404;
                fastcgi_index index.php;
                fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;
                include fastcgi_params;

You have to do the same changes in all Virtual Hosts configured.

Step 7 – Restart Services

After installing all services on your system, start all required services.

# systemctl restart nginx.service
# systemctl restart php-fpm.service

Step 8. Open Port in Firewall

Finally open firewall ports for http (80) and https (443) services using following command.

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

Step 9. Verify Setup

Let’s check the installed versions of packages on system using following commands one by one.

# php -v

PHP 7.0.2 (cli) (built: Jan  9 2016 14:00:11) ( NTS )
Copyright (c) 1997-2015 The PHP Group
Zend Engine v3.0.0, Copyright (c) 1998-2015 Zend Technologies
# nginx -v

nginx version: nginx/1.6.3

Finally verify installation of PHP 7 with NGINX. Let’s create a file index.php on website document root using following content.


Now browse this file in web browser. It will so all the details about version’s and installation.

You have successfully configured LEMP Stack setup on your CentOS / RHEL 7.1 & 6.7 system.

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