How Do I Setup a Lighttpd Web Server?


Heather Bennett

In this tutorial, we will walk you through the process of setting up a Lighttpd web server. Lighttpd is a lightweight and efficient web server that is known for its speed and low memory footprint.

Step 1: Install Lighttpd

The first step is to install Lighttpd on your server. Depending on your operating system, the installation process may vary. For example, on Ubuntu, you can use the following command:

sudo apt-get install lighttpd

If you are using a different distribution or operating system, refer to the official documentation for installation instructions.

Step 2: Configure Lighttpd

Once Lighttpd is installed, you need to configure it to suit your needs. The main configuration file for Lighttpd is located at /etc/lighttpd/lighttpd.conf.

Open the configuration file in a text editor and make changes as necessary. Some important configurations you might want to consider:

  • Server document root: This specifies the directory where your website’s files will be stored. You can set it by modifying the server.document-root directive.
  • Virtual hosts: If you want to host multiple websites on your server, you can set up virtual hosts by using the $HTTP["host"] directive.
  • MIME types: If you need to serve specific file types with certain headers or behaviors, you can configure MIME types using the mimetype.assign directive.
  • Error handling: You can define custom error pages by modifying the server.error-handler-404 directive.

After making the necessary changes, save the configuration file.

Step 3: Start Lighttpd

Once you have installed and configured Lighttpd, you can start the web server using the following command:

sudo service lighttpd start

If there are no errors in your configuration, Lighttpd should now be up and running.

Step 4: Test your Web Server

To test if your web server is working correctly, open a web browser and enter your server’s IP address or domain name in the address bar. You should see the default Lighttpd welcome page.


You have successfully set up a Lighttpd web server. Now you can start hosting your website or web application using this lightweight and efficient web server.

This tutorial provided a step-by-step guide to installing and configuring Lighttpd. Remember to refer to the official documentation for more advanced configurations and features.

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