PHP files downloading instead of executing

  • Posted September 26, 2020
  • PHP
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Hello, I installed NGINX as a reverse proxy for my Apache and when I’m trying to access the web, It starts downloading the index.php file (with no name). I have completely same files as in this tutorial. (Only domain changed). I need help with this.


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Hi there @ondrejnovy,

This usually happens due to misconfigured PHP-FPM settings.

Does this also happen if you try to access the Apache service directly on port 8080? For example if you create an info.php file and then access http://your_server_ip:8080/info.php do you get the content PHP info page?

Can you share your Apache Vhost config and the /etc/apache2/mods-enabled/fastcgi.conf file here?

Another thing that I could suggest is also checking your Apache error log:

  1. tail -100 /var/log/apache2/error.log

Also, do you have a .htaccess file inside your document root? If so I could suggest temporary disabling it to test if it is causing the issue for you.

Regards, Bobby