I'm using docker-compose to setup a minimal nginx + php-fpm application but for some reason there is no php.ini file on the docker container (I know because phpinfo() says Loaded Configuration File: (none)).

Here's my docker-compose.yml file:

  image: nginx
    - "8080:80"
    - ./site.conf:/etc/nginx/conf.d/site.conf
    - php

  image: php:5-fpm
    - .root:/var/www/html:ro
  command: bash -c "apt-get update && apt-get install -y php5-mysql && php-fpm"

site.conf is pretty straightforward as well:

server {
    index index.php;
    server_name local.myspicesage.com;
    error_log  /var/log/nginx/error.log;
    access_log /var/log/nginx/access.log;
    root /var/www/html;

    location ~ \.php$ {
        try_files $uri =404;
        fastcgi_split_path_info ^(.+\.php)(/.+)$;
        fastcgi_pass php:9000;
        fastcgi_index index.php;
        include fastcgi_params;
        fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;
        fastcgi_param PATH_INFO $fastcgi_path_info;

And finally I have the most basic index.php possible:

echo phpinfo();

I really don't want to start from scratch if I don't have to. Is there supposed to be a php.ini file included with the php:5-fpm docker image? If not, is there a generic file I could use to start with?

  • 2
    Does the container you chose include a php.ini? What did the maintainer of the container tell you when you asked? – Michael Hampton Mar 23 '17 at 2:31
  • @Michael Hampton: Point taken. Let me ask and share back what I find. – skb Mar 23 '17 at 13:59

You need to add php.ini file:

  1. Run temporary php container

docker run -d --name php-tmp php:5-fpm

  1. Copy php archive

docker cp php-tmp:/usr/src/php.tar.xz .

  1. Extract php.ini-development or php.ini-production file to config dir. Example:


  1. Add volume with php.ini in php container


    • .root:/var/www/html:ro
    • ./php/php.ini-development:/usr/local/etc/php/php.ini
  • Or you could extract the files and use a dockerfile to build your container. – iwaseatenbyagrue Apr 3 '17 at 18:27

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