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Nginx server configuration for EspoCRM

These instructions are supplementary to the server configuration guidelines. Note that all configuration settings listed here are made on Ubuntu server.

PHP requirements

To install all necessary libraries, run these commands in a terminal:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install php-mysql php-json php-gd php-zip php-imap php-mbstring php-curl php-exif php-ldap
sudo phpenmod imap mbstring
sudo service nginx restart

Server configuration

Nginx config file example:

server {
    listen 80 default_server;
    listen [::]:80 default_server;

    server_name localhost; # domain name

    charset utf-8;
    index index.html index.php;

    client_max_body_size 50M;

    keepalive_timeout 300;
    types_hash_max_size 2048;

    server_tokens off;
    fastcgi_send_timeout 300;
    fastcgi_read_timeout 300;

    gzip on;
    gzip_types text/plain text/css text/javascript application/javascript application/json;
    gzip_min_length 1000;
    gzip_comp_level 9;

    root /path-to-espo/public; # path to public dir

    location /client {
        root /path-to-espo; # path to espocrm root dir
        autoindex off;

        location ~* ^.+.(js|css|png|jpg|svg|svgz|jpeg|gif|ico|tpl)$ {
            access_log off;
            expires max;

    location = /favicon.ico { access_log off; log_not_found off; }
    location = /robots.txt  { access_log off; log_not_found off; }

    location ~ \.php$ {
        fastcgi_pass espocrm-php:9000;
        include fastcgi_params;
        fastcgi_index index.php;
        fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;
        fastcgi_param QUERY_STRING $query_string;

    location /api/v1/ {
        if (!-e $request_filename){
            rewrite ^/api/v1/(.*)$ /api/v1/index.php last; break;

    location /portal/ {
        try_files $uri $uri/ /portal/index.php?$query_string;

    location /api/v1/portal-access {
        if (!-e $request_filename){
            rewrite ^/api/v1/(.*)$ /api/v1/portal-access/index.php last; break;

    location ~ /(\.htaccess|\web.config|\.git) {
        deny all;

You need to change /path-to-espo to the absolute path of your EspoCRM instance.

What this config does:

  • sets the document root to /path-to-espo/public/;
  • redirects /client/ requests to /path-to-espo/client/ (as the client dir is located outside of the public dir);
  • adds some rewrite rules.

Config file path: /etc/nginx/sites-available/YOUR_SITE. If you don’t have this file, you have to create it. For this, open the terminal and run the command:

sudo cp /etc/nginx/sites-available/default /etc/nginx/sites-available/espocrm.conf

For more information on how to configure the new virtual host on Nginx, read this guidelines.

Run this command in the terminal to check if everything is fine:

sudo nginx -t

If so, run the command to restart the nginx server:

sudo service nginx restart

See also

To configure a new Virtual Host on Nginx, read this guidelines.