How to install Nginx on Ubuntu 20.04

Nginx is an open source software for web serving. It uses single-threaded architecture and is designed for maximum performance and stability, so it is more efficient than Apache if configured correctly. In addition to HTTP server capabilities, NGINX can also act as a proxy server for email (POP3, SMTP, …), a load balancer and reverse proxy for HTTP, TCP and UDP servers.

Step 1: Install Nginx

Since Nginx is available in the Ubuntu repositories, you can directly install Nginx using the aptpackage management and installation system.

First, proceed to update the packages in the system:

     sudo apt install -y update

Install Nginx for your Ubuntu server:

     sudo apt install -y nginx

Check Nginx version:

    sudo nginx -v

Out put:

   nginx version: nginx/1.17.10 (Ubuntu)

Allow Nginx to start on system:

  sudo systemctl enable nginx

Start and check the status of the Nginx service:

   systemctl start nginx

   systemctl status nginx

Step 2: Configure the firewall

Use ufw to know how to use the firewall configuration for Nginx :

    sudo ufw app list

(please note:  If an error occurs” sudo: ufw: command not found ” ,you can heck whether ufw is installed or enabled by typing the following command : sudo ufw enable

If error still prevails install ufw by typing : sudo apt-get install ufw )

Output will have the following:

You see that for nginx, there are 3 possible configurations to configure for nginx, but currently I do not have a configuration to use SSL for the website, so I only allow traffic to go through port 80.

Enable the above using the following command:

    sudo ufw allow 'Nginx HTTP'

Then check the change again with the following command:

    sudo ufw status

Step 3: Check the website


You will be redirected to the default Nginx web page:

When you show this, it is successfully installed and nginx is ready to be managed.


Nginx with many extended features can be a great application for your system. In this tutorial, I have shown you how to install Nginx for Ubuntu 20.04