Question

Update nginx without loosing configuration

Posted September 27, 2016 9.1k views
Nginx Ubuntu

Hello,
i need to update my nginx to latest stable version. how can i do that without loosing my server blocks and nginx.conf file. i mean how can i backup all configuration before updating nginx and restore them back.

thanks in advance.

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Hi!

Updating nginx should not affect any config files that you have created or modified. You can update nginx to the latest version by running sudo apt-get update to update the package lists, followed by sudo apt-get install nginx.

If you want to be extra careful, you can back up the /etc/nginx directory which contains all of nginx’s config files.

sudo cp -r /etc/nginx /etc/nginx.pre-upgrade

After upgrading the package, you can delete /etc/nginx and move /etc/nginx.pre-upgrade back to /etc/nginx. However, as I said, it is unnecessary and completely optional to do it.

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