NGINX Unit
v. 1.18.0

Joomla§

To run the Joomla content management system using Unit:

  1. Install Unit with a PHP language module.

  2. Install and configure Joomla’s prerequisites. Note the settings to be used later during setup.

  3. Install Joomla’s core files. For our purposes, the installation path is /path/to/app/.

  4. Set installation path permissions to secure access, for example:

    # chown -R unit_user:unit_group /path/to/app/
    

    Note the values to be used in Unit configuration.

  5. Next, put together the Joomla configuration for Unit:

    {
        "listeners": {
            "*:80": {
                "pass": "routes/joomla"
            }
        },
    
        "routes": {
            "joomla": [
                {
                    "match": {
                        "uri": [
                            "*.php",
                            "*.php/*",
                            "/administrator/"
                        ]
                    },
    
                    "action": {
                        "pass": "applications/joomla/direct"
                    }
                },
                {
                    "action": {
                        "share": "/path/to/app/",
                        "fallback": {
                            "pass": "applications/joomla/index"
                        }
                    }
                }
            ]
        },
    
        "applications": {
            "joomla": {
                "type": "php",
                "user": "unit_user",
                "group": "unit_group",
                "targets": {
                    "direct": {
                        "root": "/path/to/app/"
                    },
    
                    "index": {
                        "root": "/path/to/app/",
                        "script": "index.php"
                    }
                }
            }
        }
    }
    

    The first route step handles the admin section and all URLs that specify a PHP script; the direct target doesn’t set the script option to be used by default, so Unit looks for the respective .php file.

    The next step serves static files via a share. Its fallback enables rewrite mechanics for search-friendly URLs. All requests go to the index target that runs the index.php script at Joomla’s directory root.

  6. Upload the updated configuration. Assuming the JSON above was added to config.json:

    # curl -X PUT --data-binary @config.json --unix-socket \
           /path/to/control.unit.sock http://localhost/config/
    

    Note

    The control socket path may vary; run unitd --help or see Startup for details.

  7. After a successful update, browse to http://localhost and set up your Joomla installation:

Joomla on Unit - Setup Screen