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Symfony, WordPress and nginx – configuration details and setup

nginxon April 8th, 2010No Comments

After several hours of trial and error, we finally figured out a configuration that works for running Symfony and WordPress together on the same web site using the nginx web server.  This post had a lot of useful information, but none of it worked perfectly for us, so this is what we came up with:

server {
    listen   80;

    access_log /home/logs/domain/access.log;
    error_log /home/logs/domain/error.log notice;

    root   /home/www/sfprojects/domain/web;
    index  index.php;
    charset utf-8;

    ## configuration for the WordPress blog with the WP-SuperCache plugin
    ## (remove if not using WordPress)
    location /blog {

        # if the requested file exists, return it immediately
        if (-f $request_filename) {

        set $supercache_file '';
        set $supercache_uri $request_uri;

        if ($request_method = POST) {
                set $supercache_uri '';

        # Using pretty permalinks, so bypass the cache for any query string
        if ($query_string) {
                set $supercache_uri '';

        if ($http_cookie ~* "comment_author_|wordpress|wp-postpass_" ) {
                set $supercache_uri '';

        # if we haven't bypassed the cache, specify our supercache file
        if ($supercache_uri ~ ^(.+)$) {
                set $supercache_file /blog/wp-content/cache/supercache/$http_host/$1index.html;

        # only rewrite to the supercache file if it actually exists
        if (-f $document_root$supercache_file) {
                rewrite ^(.*)$ $supercache_file break;

        # all other requests go to WordPress
        if (!-e $request_filename) {
            rewrite  ^(.*)$  /blog/index.php?q=$1  last;


    location / {

        # If the file exists as a static file serve it directly without
        # running all the other rewite tests on it
        if (-f $request_filename) {
            expires max;

        if ($request_filename !~ "\.(js|htc|ico|gif|jpg|png|css)$") {
            rewrite ^(.*) /index.php last;

    location ~ "^(.+\.php)($|/)" {
        set $script $uri;
        set $path_info "";

        if ($uri ~ "^(.+\.php)($|/)") {
            set $script $1;

        if ($uri ~ "^(.+\.php)(/.+)") {
            set $script $1;
            set $path_info $2;

        fastcgi_index  index.php;
        include        fastcgi_params;

        fastcgi_param  SCRIPT_FILENAME  /home/www/sfprojects/domain/web$script;
        fastcgi_param  SCRIPT_NAME      $script;
        fastcgi_param  PATH_INFO        $path_info;

   location /sf/ {
        root /home/www/sfprojects/domain/lib/vendor/symfony/data/web/;

   error_page   404  /404.html;
   location = /404.html {
        root   /usr/local/nginx/html;


And this is the content of our fastcgi_params file which we include above:

fastcgi_param  QUERY_STRING       $query_string;
fastcgi_param  REQUEST_METHOD     $request_method;
fastcgi_param  CONTENT_TYPE       $content_type;
fastcgi_param  CONTENT_LENGTH     $content_length;

fastcgi_param  SCRIPT_NAME        $fastcgi_script_name;
fastcgi_param  REQUEST_URI        $request_uri;
fastcgi_param  DOCUMENT_URI       $document_uri;
fastcgi_param  DOCUMENT_ROOT      $document_root;
fastcgi_param  SERVER_PROTOCOL    $server_protocol;

fastcgi_param  GATEWAY_INTERFACE  CGI/1.1;
fastcgi_param  SERVER_SOFTWARE    nginx/$nginx_version;

fastcgi_param  REMOTE_ADDR        $remote_addr;
fastcgi_param  REMOTE_PORT        $remote_port;
fastcgi_param  SERVER_ADDR        $server_addr;
fastcgi_param  SERVER_PORT        $server_port;
fastcgi_param  SERVER_NAME        $server_name;

# PHP only, required if PHP was built with --enable-force-cgi-redirect
fastcgi_param  REDIRECT_STATUS    200;

fastcgi_connect_timeout 60;
fastcgi_send_timeout 180;
fastcgi_read_timeout 180;
fastcgi_buffer_size 128k;
fastcgi_buffers 4 256k;
fastcgi_busy_buffers_size 256k;
fastcgi_temp_file_write_size 256k;
fastcgi_intercept_errors on;

Hope this proves helpful to someone going through the same problems!