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In this chapter we'll see how to configure your web server.

If you install your application on a machine that you cannot configure, you propably want to modify the directories hierarchy so you won't have to configure the document root on the server. See then the chapter about directory changes.

About PHP configuration

The minimal version of PHP is 7.4.

Please refer to the PHP documentation to know how to install it.

About temporary files of Jelix

Each time you modifiy the server configuration (like document root, php version etc...) or you update your application, you must delete all temporary files generated by Jelix (stored into myapp/temp/ for example), so Jelix can take care about the new environment parameters to generate config files and other temporary files.

Example :

sudo rm -rf myapp/temp/*

Server configuration

The main thing to configure into the web server is to indicate the root directory of your web site that contain files accessible from a browser. In the case of a Jelix application, this is the www/ directory. You can indicate it by modifying configuration files of the web server, or by using the web interface provided by some hosting vendor.

The content of lib/jelix-www/ should also be accessible from the web, through the path jelix/. Since Jelix 1.7, by default, its content is copied into the www/ directory of the application. If this is not the case, you should set an alias in the server configuration, or a symbolic link in the www/ directory.

Jelix needs to receive a "pathinfo" in the url: this is a path after a script file. The web server should then be configured to support pathinfo.

With Apache, this is the @Multiview, AcceptPathInfo or MultiviewsMatch@@ option, depending of the version of Apache.

With Nginx, you have to use the fastcgi_split_path_info, fastcgi_param PATH_INFO and fastcgi_param PATH_TRANSLATED parameters.

In next section, we expect you have installed your application myapp/ into /srv/mysite/.

Configuration with Apache

In a mysite.com.conf file, you set the configuration like this:

   <VirtualHost *>
      ServerName www.mysite.com

      # ----- Root of the web site

      DocumentRoot /srv/mysite/myapp/www/

      <Directory "/srv/mysite/myapp/www/">
        AllowOverride None
        Order allow,deny
        Allow from all

        # For the PathInfo
        Options +Multiviews
        AcceptPathInfo on

        # comment this line if you use Apache 2.2 or lower
        Require all granted

      # set a jelix alias, if there is no directory myapp/www/jelix

      # ----- "jelix" alias to jelix-wwww if jelix is installed with Composer
      Alias /jelix/ "/srv/mysite/myapp/vendor/jelix/jelix/lib/jelix-www/"
      <Directory "/srv/mysite/myapp/vendor/jelix/jelix/lib/jelix-www/">
        AllowOverride None
        Order allow,deny
        Allow from all

        # comment this line if you use Apache 2.2 or lower
        Require all granted

      # ------ "jelix" alias to jelix-wwww if jelix is NOT installed with Composer
      #Alias /jelix/ "/srv/mysite/lib/jelix-www/"
      #<Directory "/srv/mysite/lib/jelix-www/">
      #  AllowOverride None
      #  Order allow,deny
      #  Allow from all
      #  Require all granted # comment this line if you use Apache 2.2 or lower

About the pathinfo, for Apache 2.4 and higher, in a file in conf.d/ or conf-enabled/, you have to add this configuration:

RemoveType .php
<Files "*.php">
    MultiviewsMatch Any

Configuration with Nginx

With Nginx, most of time you are using PHP-FPM, and so parameters specific to fastcgi. You'll define also the root directory and an alias for the jelix/ URL.


server {
    listen 80;
    server_name www.mysite.com;
    index index.html index.php;
    root /srv/mysite/myapp/www;

    location / {
        root /srv/mysite/myapp/www;
        try_files $uri $uri/ =404;

    # remove it if there is a myapp/www/jelix directory
    location /jelix/ {
        alias /srv/mysite/myapp/vendor/jelix/jelix/lib/jelix-www/;

        #ou pour une installation Sans composer:
        #alias /srv/mysite/lib/jelix-www/;

    location ~ [^/]\.php(/|$) {
        fastcgi_split_path_info ^(.+\.php)(/.*)$;

        # because of bug http://trac.nginx.org/nginx/ticket/321
        set $path_info $fastcgi_path_info;

        try_files $fastcgi_script_name =404;

        fastcgi_index index.php;
        fastcgi_pass unix:/var/run/php/php8.2-fpm.sock;
        fastcgi_param PATH_INFO $path_info;
        fastcgi_param PATH_TRANSLATED $document_root$path_info;
        include fastcgi.conf;

Verifying the configuration

With your browser, try to access to your application with http://www.mysite.com but also try to access to a file from jelix-www/, for example http://www.mysite.com/jelix/design/jelix.css.

To verify that pathinfo is supported, create a test.php on your site, which executes phpinfo(). Then try this url : mysite.com/test/foo/bar. the phpinfo should be displayed, and in the $_SERVER[’PATH_INFO’] variable (at the bottom of the page), you should see "/foo/bar".

Settings into the Jelix configuration

Changing the name of the alias to jelix-www

You can choose an other name for the alias of jelix-www. If you do this, you have to change the jelixWWWPath option into the section urlengine of the configuration file var/config/localconfig.ini.php or app/system/mainconfig.ini.php.

Specifying the basePath

In the file myapp/var/config/mainconfig.ini.php, you can adjust the basePath option, by specifying the path to the index.php file (here : /).


This setting is optional since Jelix try to discover the base path. But on complex configuration it may not work correctly, so you have to setup this option. It appears in this cases:

  1. you have several entry points in different sub-directories
  2. there is an alias to myapp/www.

Example with an alias /superapp/ to myapp/www:


Directories permissions

You have to set write permission to the apache user at least on the myapp/var/log/ directory and on each sub-directories of the temp/ directory.

Example, on a debian/ubuntu server:

   sudo chown www-data:www-data myapp/temp/  myapp/var/log
   sudo chmod g+w myapp/temp myapp/var/log

For some applications, perhaps you may have to set this permissions on other folders in myapp/var/. Read the installation manual of the application.