Drupal + Ubuntu + PHP-FPM + Nginx Configuration

Get a Drupal site running on Ubuntu with PHP-FPM, and Nginx easily with the following help documentation.

Note: Replace yourdomain.com with your domain name.

Create the following Nginx config file in your /etc/nginx/sites-available folder using the following command.

nano /etc/nginx/sites-available/yourdomain.com

Drupal Nginx Config File

The following Nginx config file works with Drupal 7, Ubuntu 14.04.1, PHP5-FPM 5.5.9, and Nginx 1.8.0.

server {
    server_name yourdomain.com;  ## <-- Your domain name.
    root /var/www/yourdomain.com; ## <-- Your only path reference.

    # Enable compression, this will help if you have for instance advagg‎ module
    # by serving Gzip versions of the files.
    gzip_static on;

    location = /favicon.ico {
            log_not_found off;
            access_log off;

    location = /robots.txt {
            allow all;
            log_not_found off;
            access_log off;

    # This matters if you use drush prior to 5.x
    # After 5.x backups are stored outside the Drupal install.
    #location = /backup {
    #        deny all;

    # Very rarely should these ever be accessed outside of your lan
    location ~* \.(txt|log)$ {
            deny all;

    location ~ \..*/.*\.php$ {
            return 403;

    # No no for private
    location ~ ^/sites/.*/private/ {
            return 403;

    # Block access to "hidden" files and directories whose names begin with a
    # period. This includes directories used by version control systems such
    # as Subversion or Git to store control files.
    location ~ (^|/)\. {
            return 403;

    location / {
            # This is cool because no php is touched for static content
            try_files $uri @rewrite;
    location @rewrite {
            # You have 2 options here
            # For D7 and above:
            # Clean URLs are handled in drupal_environment_initialize().
            rewrite ^ /index.php;
            # For Drupal 6 and bwlow:
            # Some modules enforce no slash (/) at the end of the URL
            # Else this rewrite block wouldn't be needed (GlobalRedirect)
            #rewrite ^/(.*)$ /index.php?q=$1;

    location ~ \.php$ {
            fastcgi_split_path_info ^(.+\.php)(/.+)$;
            #NOTE: You should have "cgi.fix_pathinfo = 0;" in php.ini
            include fastcgi_params;
            fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $request_filename;
            fastcgi_intercept_errors on;
            fastcgi_pass unix:/tmp/php5-fpm.sock;

    # Fighting with Styles? This little gem is amazing.
    # This is for D6
    #location ~ ^/sites/.*/files/imagecache/ {
    # This is for D7 and D8
    location ~ ^/sites/.*/files/styles/ {
            try_files $uri @rewrite;

    location ~* \.(js|css|png|jpg|jpeg|gif|ico)$ {
            expires max;
            log_not_found off;

Symlink a copy to your /etc/nginx/sites-enabled folder. Run the following command from in your /etc/nginx/sites-enabled folder.

ln -s ../sites-available/domain.com .

Nginx Config for Adaptive Image Styles Module

AIS: Adaptive Image Style Configuration

location = /modules/image/sample.png {

location / {
  if ($request_uri ~ "^(.+)/files/styles/adaptive/(.+)"){
  rewrite ^/(.+)/files/styles/adaptive/(.+)$ /$1/files/styles/%1/$2 redirect;

Disable SSL v3 for Nginx

Add the following line to your Nginx configuration to disable SSL v3 to protect against the POODLE SSL v3.0 vulnerability.

ssl_protocols TLSv1 TLSv1.1 TLSv1.2;