How to Install NGINX on openSUSE

openSUSE is a very stable distribution sponsored by SUSE, which is a pioneer in the use of Linux and has a business model based on open technologies. Although in the server environment openSUSE is not as popular as Debian or RHEL-based distributions, there are many sysadmins who rely on it. So today, you will learn how to install Nginx on openSUSE 15.

What is Nginx and is it worth having on openSUSE?

Along with Apache, Nginx dominates the web server industry. But Nginx is not only this, it is also widely used as a Reverse Proxy for many web applications. Therefore, having Nginx on the system is a guarantee of a fast, light and well-supported web server on the Internet.

In addition to this, when combined with openSUSE as a server, we will get better results due to the robustness that this SUSE derivative gives us. So as you can see, installing Nginx on openSUSE can be your solution for a home or production server.

Let’s go for it.

Install Nginx on openSUSE

Before you start, it’s a good idea to upgrade your whole machine by using the command

sudo zypper up

Nginx is included in the openSUSE repositories, so we won’t have to make much effort to install it. In this case, just run.

sudo zypper install nginx
Install Nginx on openSUSE
Install Nginx on openSUSE

This will start the installation of the application.

Managing the Nginx service on openSUSE

For security reasons, Nginx will not run immediately after it is installed. So, we have to start it manually using the systemctl command- To start it run

sudo systemctl start nginx

As it is an important application on a server, it is also a good idea to make it start with the system.

sudo systemctl enable nginx

You can then check the status of the service.

sudo systemctl status nginx
Check the Nginx service status
Check the Nginx service status

It is also good to know that you can restart the service by running

sudo systemctl restart nginx

This is critical to know because then you can apply the changes you make to the Nginx configuration.

And if at some point you need to stop the service, you have to run

sudo systemctl stop nginx

Configuring the firewall for Nginx

In openSUSE a firewall is installed and configured by default, this makes Nginx not working for now. To achieve this, we need to open ports 80 and 443 for Nginx to work.

sudo firewall-cmd --add-port=80/tcp --permanent
sudo firewall-cmd --add-port=443/tcp --permanent

Apply changes by restarting the firewall

sudo firewall-cmd --reload

This way, the rules are now set up for Nginx.

Testing Nginx on openSUSE

The best way to know if Nginx is working, it is testing it. To achieve this, let’s create a simple HTML file that we can use as a test.

Create it using a text editor of your choice

sudo nano /srv/www/htdocs/index.html

And add some code. For example:

<html>
<body>
<h1>Hi from Atechtown</h1>
</body>
</html>

Save it and now if you open a web browser and visit your domain or server IP address you should see the file we created.

Testing Nginx on openSUSE
Testing Nginx on openSUSE

Conclusion

In this post, you learned how to install NGinx on openSUSE through the official repositories of the distribution. I hope you liked this post and I hope you found it useful. Share it to reach more people.

Also you can learn how to install Nginx on Debian 11 or on CentOS 8

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