fresh to nginx

Matthieu Tourne matthieu.tourne at
Wed Dec 12 07:32:46 UTC 2012

Hi Zhiming!

On Tue, Dec 11, 2012 at 10:55 PM, 王志明 <wangzhiming1757 at> wrote:

> hi all,
> I am a fresh man to nginx, who can tell me how to read the nginx source
> code in general, i just trace the source from main() entry, if this is the
> right  manner.
> and any related documents are welcomed.

There are some great guides on the web to get started :

Evan Miller Guide To Nginx Module Development [1] and advanced topics [2]
A bit old, but definitely not dated if you want to learn how it works

Nginx Guts [3] also has quite a few articles on the core of Nginx.

If you're interested in adding new features, you can find many Nginx [4] or
3rd-party modules [5],
they all add new extensions and capabilities to the core of Nginx.

As for the main() I think it parses the command line options, reads the
configuration and spawn the worker processes.
Then each worker process will start accepting and processing HTTP requests.

Hope that helps,


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