Operating system:

  • Windows Vista,
  • Windows 7,
  • Windows 8,
  • Windows 8.1

Basic Installation

Download Winginx and run it. Follow instructions of the installation wizard.

If you select a folder to install Winginx, avoid gaps and non-Latin characters in the path or folder name. For unknown reasons, nginx refuses to run from that folder.

Winginx does not create entries in Windows to uninstall, later you can rename the installation folder, move it to another location (including an external storage device, HDD, USB-flash drive, memory card) or remove Winginx by removing the installation folder.

Full installation takes up about 100 MB of disk space.

Welcome to Winginx!

When the server is started, type in your favorite browser a URL http://localhost/ to test the server installation. You will see 'It works! Welcome to Winginx!' if it's alright.

To test PHP please visit: http://localhost/phpinfo.php.

Folders structure

Let the Winginx root be an installation folder, where Winginx has been installed. Here and below we call this winginx.

The following 2 files are system:

  • winginx\nginx.exe — nginx executable
  • winginx\sendmail.exe — sendmail stub


  • winginx\home — root folders for a virtual hosts, called by domain names
By default nginx is configured to search root folder in public_html (e.g., winginx\home\localhost\public_html), which is standard for most web servers.
  • winginx\conf — nginx config
  • winginx\temp — temporary folder, you can trash it from time to time
  • winginx\temp\mail — PHP scripts sends mailings to this folder and then processed by Local Mail Viewer
  • winginx\logs — virtual hosts access logs
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