Python on Nginx

Francis Daly francis at
Tue Oct 11 18:09:32 UTC 2011

On Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 10:11:14AM -0400, etrader wrote:

Hi there,

> The instruction given on is to install
> nginx supporting python. But I have a working Nginx with php-fpm
> supporting PHP. Now I want to add support of python too. Thus, my config
> is slightly different.

nginx doesn't know (or care) that you are using php or python or anything
else. All it knows is how you have configured different location{} blocks.

Each request is handled by one location, so you must make sure that you
have the right configuration in the location that your request matches.

> How should modify the nginx config to support python?

If you are currently using php-fpm, you probably have something like

location [something that matches urls that should be handled by php] {
    fastcgi_pass [your php-fastcgi server];

So now that you are adding a separate fastcgi server that is associated
with python, you'll want to add a new location block like

location [something that matches urls that should be handled by python] {
    fastcgi_pass [your python-fastcgi server];

The details depend on what you're trying to do. The documentation on
"location", or the debug log, should show you which location is being
used for each request -- if it's not the right one, you'll need to
adjust the config.

Good luck with it,

Francis Daly        francis at

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