NGINX issue - reload failed.

Posted May 6, 2020 4.1k views


This is the error where I have been stuck after reloading the nginx. Does this (pls see photo)look familiar to you? It shows reloading is failed when I tried to reload it. As per TDD book’s suggestion, I checked the systemctl status nginx and this message says the same reload errors. Thank you in advance for your help.

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Hi @bdossul,

Most probably you have a misconfiguration in your Nginx configurations configuration file. In order to catch the exact error you’ll need to check your Nginx’s error log. The file is located here :


You can use the following command to actually check int

tail -n 100 /var/log/nginx/error.log

In there once you see the error you’ll know where to start troubleshooting from. If you are still uncertain, I’ll recommend checking out the following article about configuring Nginx server blocks

If you are still unsure after reading it and testing some stuff, post the error here and we’ll try to assist you.


by Justin Ellingwood
When using the Nginx web server, server blocks (similar to the virtual hosts in Apache) can be used to encapsulate configuration details and host more than one domain off of a single server. In this guide, we'll discuss how to configure server blocks in Nginx on an Ubuntu 16.04 server.