Running OXID eShop Community Edition (Version 4.5.9) On Nginx (LEMP) on Debian Squeeze/Ubuntu 11.10

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Author: Falko Timme
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This tutorial shows how you can install and run OXID eShop Community Edition (version 4.5.9) on a Debian Squeeze or Ubuntu 11.10 system that has nginx installed instead of Apache (LEMP = Linux + nginx (pronounced “engine x”) + MySQL + PHP). OXID eShop is a feature-rich ecommerce platform; I will use the Community Edition here which is licensed under an open source certified license (GPL v3.0). nginx is a HTTP server that uses much less resources than Apache and delivers pages a lot of faster, especially static files.

I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!

1 Preliminary Note

I want to install OXID eShop in a vhost called here with the document root /var/www/

You should have a working LEMP installation, as shown in these tutorials:

A note for Ubuntu users:

Because we must run all the steps from this tutorial with root privileges, we can either prepend all commands in this tutorial with the string sudo, or we become root right now by typing

2 Installing APC

APC is a free and open PHP opcode cacher for caching and optimizing PHP intermediate code. It’s similar to other PHP opcode cachers, such as eAccelerator and XCache. It is strongly recommended to have one of these installed to speed up your PHP page.

APC can be installed as follows:


If you use PHP-FPM as your FastCGI daemon (like in Installing Nginx With PHP5 (And PHP-FPM) And MySQL Support On Ubuntu 11.10), restart it as follows:


If you use lighttpd’s spawn-fcgi program as your FastCGI daemon (like in Installing Nginx With PHP5 And MySQL Support On Debian Squeeze), we must kill the current spawn-fcgi process (running on port 9000) and create a new one. Run


to find out the PID of the current spawn-fcgi process:


In the above output, the PID is 1542, so we can kill the current process as follows:


Afterwards we create a new spawn-fcgi process:

/usr/bin/spawn-fcgi -a -p 9000 -u www-data -g www-data -f /usr/bin/php5-cgi -P /var/run/


3 Installing OXID eShop

The document root of my web site is /var/www/ – if it doesn’t exist, create it as follows:


Create the folder /tmp/oxid where we will put the OXID eShop archive:


Next download OXID eShop Community Edition from to your client PC and upload it from there to /tmp/oxid (e.g. with WinSCP).

Make sure unzip is installed:


Now uncompress OXID eShop and move it to your document root (/var/www/


It is recommended to make the document root and the OXID eShop files in it writable by the nginx daemon which is running as user www-data and group www-data:


If you haven’t already created a MySQL database for OXID eShop (including a MySQL OXID eShop user), you can do that as follows (I name the database oxid in this example, and the user is called oxid_admin, and his password is oxid_admin_password):






Because you can run your OXID eShop website under http and under https (that’s totally up to you if you want to offer https, but recommended if your customers submit sensitive data such as credit card numbers, etc.), we need to add the following section to the http {} section in /etc/nginx/nginx.conf (before the two include lines) which determines if the visitor uses http or https and sets the $fastcgi_https variable (which we will use in our vhost) accordingly:


Next we create an nginx vhost configuration for our vhost in the /etc/nginx/sites-available/ directory as follows:


See the comments in the above configuration if you want to enable https for the vhost. The procedure is described in this tutorial: How To Set Up SSL Vhosts Under Nginx + SNI Support (Ubuntu 11.04/Debian Squeeze)

To enable that vhost, we create a symlink to it from the /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/ directory:


Reload nginx for the changes to take effect:


3.1 Launching The Web-Based OXID eShop Installer

Now we can launch the web-based OXID eShop installer by going to The installer checks if all prerequisites are fulfilled:

If so, scroll down and click on the Proceed with setup button:

Next select your country and click on Start installation:

Accept the license and click on Continue:

On the next screen, fill in your MySQL database details; if you want to have a shop with demodata to play with, select Install demodata. Click on Create database now:

The database is now being created – this can take a few seconds:

On the Directory & login screen, you will see some paths. The default values should be ok, so please don’t change them unless you know what you’re doing. Fill in an administrator email address (this will also be the login username for the OXID eShop administration area) and a password:

The configuration is now being written – again, this can take a few seconds:

Afterwards, the installation is finished – you can now go to the shop ( or to the administration area (

If you want to go to the administration area, you must log in first:

This is how the administration area looks:

And this is how the OXID eShop demoshop looks:

That’s it! Have fun with your OXID eShop Community Edition shop.



About The Author

Falko Timme is the owner of Boost Your Site mit Timme Hosting - ultra-schnelles nginx-WebhostingTimme Hosting (ultra-fast nginx web hosting). He is the lead maintainer of HowtoForge (since 2005) and one of the core developers of ISPConfig (since 2000). He has also contributed to the O’Reilly book “Linux System Administration”.


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