How to setup PHP to run as FastCGI with Apache?

  • Posted December 11, 2013

I have a Ubuntu 12.04 LTS droplet running a LAMP stack right now which is nearly a clean install with the exception of a few virtual hosts.

I want to setup PHP to run as FastCGI, but I cannot for the life of me find some easy to follow instructions to do so.

As I understand it, this requires some configuration in the Apache .conf, and/or virtual hosts blocks, as well as probably installing some additional modules.

On another VPS using Plesk control panel, this can be changed for each domain with a single option.

Now that I’m flying solo, I’m stuck here.

Any help is MUCH appreciated!


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facing same problem. ubuntu 16.4 need to use php fast_cgi but I can’t make it work. any sugestion. PHP 7.0 ubuntu 16.6 apache2

can this be applied to a centOS box?

@htpcbeginner: What problems are you hitting?

None of these worked for me on Ubuntu 14.04 server. Any help? Thanks.

Thanks Pablo! This is what I’ve been looking for. <br> <br>Now when I check the phpinfo() I can see that the Server API is FPM/FastCGI. Hooray!

These look great! thanks for the quick reply. I’ll give these a try and let you know what happens!

Check out <a href=“”>Quick Setup: Apache Worker, FastCGI, PHP-FPM and APC</a> and/or <a href=“”>Using PHP5-FPM With Apache2 On Ubuntu 12.04 LTS</a>.