/etc/nginx/sites-enabled/default not found

Posted May 5, 2021 2.9k views
Linux BasicsNginxPHPLinux CommandsUbuntu 20.04

Hello, my friends. I have a problem and please help me.
When I type sudo cat /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/default
I get an error like this: cat: /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/default: No such file or directory
How can I resolve this problem? Please help me.

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Hi there,

In addition to what @alexdo mentioned, I could also suggest checking the content of the /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/ as your config file might have a different name depending on your setup:

ls -l /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/

Then you will see a list of files there and you can use the cat command to see the content of the specific file:

cat /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/your_website_name

Note: change the your_website_name with the name of the file that you see after running the ls command


Hello, @aslanhuseynov9

Have you recently configured the LEMP stack droplet? The following is usually a symlink /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/default from /etc/nginx/sites-available/default

Note: If you ever need to restore the default configuration, you can do so by recreating the symbolic link, like this:

  • sudo ln -s /etc/nginx/sites-available/default /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/

You can check our existing tutorial on how to configure the LEMP stack here:


by Erika Heidi
The LEMP software stack is a group of software that can be used to serve dynamic web pages and web applications written in PHP. This is an acronym that describes a Linux operating system, with an Nginx (pronounced like “Engine-X”) web server. The backend data is stored in a MySQL database, and dynamic processing is handled by PHP. In this guide, we'll set up a LEMP stack on an Ubuntu 20.04 server.