Difference between Mainline and Stable Nginx version

Thomas Ward teward at thomas-ward.net
Thu Sep 24 14:20:51 UTC 2020

Depending on your needs, I'd favor STable over Mainline.

Stable is just that - the current release of NGINX that is considered
'stable' and doesn't have many new feature changes to it or new things
that Mainline will have.

Mainline is closer to 'cutting edge' than 'stable' NGINX.  While you can
use both for production, unless the features in Stable do not meet your
needs or you need a newly introduced feature only available in Mainline,
I'd suggest you use Stable.

(This applies to all distros, in my opinion, not just RHEL/CentOS.)


On 9/24/20 10:16 AM, Kaushal Shriyan wrote:
> Hi,
> I am running CentOS Linux release 7.8.2003 (Core) and referring
> to https://nginx.org/en/linux_packages.html#RHEL-CentOS. Are there any
> difference between stable and mainline version?Should we need to use
> stable or mainline for Production environment?
>     [nginx-stable]
>     name=nginx stable repo
>     baseurl=http://nginx.org/packages/centos/$releasever/$basearch/
>     gpgcheck=1
>     enabled=1
>     gpgkey=https://nginx.org/keys/nginx_signing.key
>     module_hotfixes=true
>     [nginx-mainline]
>     name=nginx mainline repo
>     baseurl=http://nginx.org/packages/mainline/centos/$releasever/$basearch/
>     gpgcheck=1
>     enabled=0
>     gpgkey=https://nginx.org/keys/nginx_signing.key
>     module_hotfixes=true
> I will appreciate if someone can pitch in for my question to this
> mailing list.
> Thanks in Advance.
> Best Regards,
> Kaushal
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