How to Install Grav CMS with Nginx on Fedora 30

Grav is a fast, simple, and flexible, file-based CMS platform. Grav comes with a powerful Package Management System to allow for simple installation and upgrading of plugins and themes, as well as simple updating of Grav itself.

The underlying architecture of Grav is designed to use well-established and best-in-class technologies to ensure that Grav is simple to use and easy to extend. Some of these key technologies include:

  • Twig Templating: for robust control of the user interface
  • Markdown: for easy content creation
  • YAML: for simple configuration
  • Parsedown: for fast Markdown and Markdown Extra support
  • Doctrine Cache: layer for performance
  • Simple Dependency Injection Container: for extensibility and maintainability
  • Symfony Event Dispatcher: for plugin event handling
  • Symfony Console: for CLI interface
  • Gregwar Image Library: for dynamic image manipulation

In this tutorial, we will go through the Grav CMS installation and setup on the Fedora 30 system by using NGINX as a web server, and optionally you can secure the transport layer by using client and Let's Encrypt certificate authority to add SSL support.


Grav is intentionally designed with few requirements. Grav is built with plain text files for your content. There is no database needed. 

Make sure your system meets the following requirements:

  • Web Server (Apache, Nginx, LiteSpeed, Lightly, IIS, etc.) We will use NGINX.
  • PHP version 7.1.3 or higher


  • An operating system running Fedora 30.
  • A non-root user with sudo privileges.

Initial steps

Check your Fedora version:

cat /etc/fedora-release

Set up the timezone:

timedatectl list-timezones
sudo timedatectl set-timezone 'Region/City'

Update your operating system packages (software). This is an important first step because it ensures you have the latest updates and security fixes for your operating system's default software packages:

sudo dnf update -y

Install some essential packages that are necessary for basic administration of the Fedora operating system:

sudo dnf install -y curl wget vim git unzip socat bash-completion epel-release

Step 1 - Install PHP and necessary PHP extensions

Install PHP, as well as the required PHP extensions:

sudo dnf install -y php-cli php-fpm php-common php-curl php-gd php-json php-mbstring php-xml php-zip php-opcache php-pecl-apcu

To show PHP compiled in modules, you can run:

php -m

. . .
. . .

Check the PHP version:

php --version

# PHP 7.3.17 (cli) (built: May 13 2019 18:03:04) ( NTS )
# Copyright (c) 1997-2018 The PHP Group
# Zend Engine v3.2.0, Copyright (c) 1998-2018 Zend Technologies
# with Zend OPcache v7.2.17, Copyright (c) 1999-2018, by Zend Technologies

Start and enable PHP-FPM service:

sudo systemctl start php-fpm.service
sudo systemctl enable php-fpm.service

Step 2 - Install client and obtain Let's Encrypt certificate ( optional )

Securing your forum with HTTPS is not necessary, but it is a good practice to secure your site traffic. To obtain a TLS certificate from Let's Encrypt we will use client. is a simple UNIX shell software for obtaining TLS certificates from Let's Encrypt with zero dependencies. 

Download and install

sudo su - root
git clone
./ --install --accountemail [email protected]
source ~/.bashrc
cd ~

Check version: --version
# v2.8.2

Obtain RSA and ECC/ECDSA certificates for your domain/hostname:

# RSA 2048 --issue --standalone -d --keylength 2048
# ECDSA --issue --standalone -d --keylength ec-256

If you want fake certificates for testing, you can add --staging flag to the above commands.

After running the above commands, your certificates and keys will be in:

  • For RSA: /home/username/ directory.
  • For ECC/ECDSA: /home/username/example.com_ecc directory.

To list your issued certs you can run: --list

Create a directory to store your certs. We will use /etc/letsencrypt directory.

mkdir -p /etc/letsecnrypt/
sudo mkdir -p /etc/letsencrypt/example.com_ecc

Install/copy certificates to /etc/letsencrypt directory.

# RSA --install-cert -d --cert-file /etc/letsencrypt/ --key-file /etc/letsencrypt/ --fullchain-file /etc/letsencrypt/ --reloadcmd "sudo systemctl reload nginx.service"
# ECC/ECDSA --install-cert -d --ecc --cert-file /etc/letsencrypt/example.com_ecc/cert.pem --key-file /etc/letsencrypt/example.com_ecc/private.key --fullchain-file /etc/letsencrypt/example.com_ecc/fullchain.pem --reloadcmd "sudo systemctl reload nginx.service"

All the certificates are renewed automatically every 60 days.

After obtaining certs exit from root user and return to regular sudo user:


Step 3 - Install and configure NGINX

Install NGINX:

sudo dnf install -y nginx

Check the NGINX version:

nginx -v
# nginx version: nginx/1.14.2

Start and enable NGINX service:

sudo systemctl start nginx.service
sudo systemctl enable nginx.service

Configure NGINX for Grav. Run sudo vim /etc/nginx/conf.d/grav.conf and add the following configuration.

server {
  listen 80;
  listen 443 ssl;
server_name; root /var/www/grav;
ssl_certificate /etc/letsencrypt/;
ssl_certificate_key /etc/letsencrypt/;
ssl_certificate /etc/letsencrypt/example.com_ecc/fullchain.pem;
ssl_certificate_key /etc/letsencrypt/example.com_ecc/private.key;
index index.html index.php; location / { try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php?$query_string; } location ~* /(\.git|cache|bin|logs|backup|tests)/.*$ { return 403; } location ~* /(system|vendor)/.*\.(txt|xml|md|html|yaml|yml|php|pl|py|cgi|twig|sh|bat)$ { return 403; } location ~* /user/.*\.(txt|md|yaml|yml|php|pl|py|cgi|twig|sh|bat)$ { return 403; } location ~ /(LICENSE\.txt|composer\.lock|composer\.json|nginx\.conf|web\.config|htaccess\.txt|\.htaccess) { return 403; } location ~ \.php$ { fastcgi_pass unix:/run/php-fpm/www.sock; fastcgi_split_path_info ^(.+\.php)(/.+)$; fastcgi_index index.php; include fastcgi_params; fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root/$fastcgi_script_name; } }

Check NGINX configuration for syntax errors:

sudo nginx -t

Reload NGINX service:

sudo systemctl reload nginx.service

Step 4 - Install Grav CMS

Create a document root directory:

sudo mkdir -p /var/www/grav

Change ownership of the /var/www/grav directory to the user you are logged in at the moment, in my case, the user is johndoe:

sudo chown -R johndoe:johndoe /var/www/grav

Navigate to the document root folder:

cd /var/www/grav

Download and unzip Grav:

unzip 1.6.9
mv grav-admin/* . && mv grav-admin/.* .
rm -rf grav-admin 1.6.9

NOTE: Version 1.6.9 is the current version and may be different by the time you read this. Please check the Grav website for the latest information.

Change ownership of the /var/www/grav directory to nginx:

sudo chown -R nginx:nginx /var/www/grav

Run sudo vim /etc/php-fpm.d/www.conf and set user and group to nginx. Initially, it's set to user and group apache:

sudo vim /etc/php-fpm.d/www.conf
user = nginx
group = nginx

Restart the PHP-FPM service.

sudo systemctl restart php-fpm.service

Create /var/lib/php/session/ directory and change ownership to nginx:

sudo mkdir -p /var/lib/php/session/ && sudo chown -R nginx:nginx /var/lib/php/session/

Open in your web browser and follow the on-screen instructions. To access Grav admin append /admin to your URL.

Step 5 - Complete Grav setup

Create a Grav admin user:

Add Grav admin user

After the creation, you will be redirected to the admin dashboard:

Grav CMS Dashboard


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By: Apsheron

please tell me how to configure this in ispconfig 3 CMS webasyst script is here a floor of year tormented and useless, it says how to do it but it is written crookedly and nothing so if anyone can help I would be grateful . Can who wants help write here [email protected] thanks in advance for your [email protected] thanks in advance for your help

By: snake

for the cetificates, i get error: Please install socat tools first.

By: till

Socat is installed in step one, seems as if you left something out while following the tutorial.

By: snake

You have an error here: fastcgi_pass unix:/run/php-fpm/www.sock;;

Note the two semicolons

By: till

It works like this, but the second semicolon is not needed indeed.

By: snake

The new version is now: wget


By: snake

mv grav-admin/* . && mv grav-admin/.* .fails with permission denied

By: till

This indicates that you are logged in as a different user than what you used as the owner for the grav directory.

By: snake

I wish you would test your tutorials more carefully. There are quite a few assumptions and issues.

Open in your web browser and follow the on-screen instructions. To access Grav admin append /admin to your URL.

does not work. I just get the Fedora Webserver Test Page


Please correct the tutorrial

By: till

When you get the fedora test page instead of the Grav website, then this means that you do not use the domain that you specified in the nginx config file to access the website. Check the server_name line /etc/nginx/conf.d/grav.conf file to see which domain you used for your site and then enter this domain in the URL bar of your web browser, the domain must point to your servers IP address of course. The config file of the tutorial is fine, so no correction required, it uses the domain

By: snake

why not show how to do this for beginners with sudo bin/gpm install admin