Nginx, Apache, Ruby, PHP all through port 80 at Mac OS X


Homebrew is a package manager for OS X. It just makes things easier.

If you don’t have it already:

ruby -e "$(curl -fsSkL"


brew install nginx

Edit /usr/local/etc/nginx/nginx.conf file to set listen to 8081 port (server section).


brew tap djl/homebrew-apache2
brew install djl/apache2/apache24

Create (link) apache configuration in main brew etc directory: ln -s /usr/local/Cellar/apache24/2.4.3/conf /usr/local/etc/apache2 (note to use correct version of apache2).

Edit /usr/local/etc/apache2/httpd.conf file to set Listen to 8082 port.

OS X comes with Apache pre-installed, so we need to make sure ours 2.4 is used, and not default 2.2 one.

Turn off “Web Sharing” in System Preferences (Sharing).

Make sure to have /usr/local/bin before /usr/sbin (where default Apache is installed), eg. add to .zshrc export PATH=/usr/local/bin:$PATH.


brew install ruby


brew tap homebrew/dupes
brew tap josegonzalez/homebrew-php
brew options php54 # to check installation options available
brew install php54 --with-fpm

Browse josegonzalez/homebrew-php for more PHP formulas, eg. brew install php54-xdebug.

PHP Apache vhosts

Make sure you include the proxy_fcgi module in your httpd.conf so we can use its features:

LoadModule proxy_module modules/
LoadModule proxy_fcgi_module modules/

Edit the configuration for a vhost of your choice, and add the following line to it:

ProxyPassMatch ^/(.*\.php(/.*)?)$ fcgi://$1


curl | sh

Pow is a zero-config server for OS X.

It’s working at port 80 by default, but its port proxying feature lets you proxy virtual hosts to other ports on your computer (so we can proxy nginx apps to 8081 and apache apps to 8082).

You just create a file in ~/.pow with the virtual host as the filename and the port number as its contents, eg. echo 8081 > ~/.pow/myapp.

Additional notes

Make sure to have all services added to ~/Library/LaunchAgents directory and loaded via launchctl load -w .... All instructions are provided after given package is installed with brew.

  1. by sobstel • January 2013