As you know when you install nginx, it comes with default pool called www and a default site called default.

How can I safely remove these two? Because I have created a new pool and site and I want to release some resources by deleting these.

  • Did you try going to sites-enabled and delete the symlink to default?
    – shinjijai
    Aug 10, 2017 at 20:01
  • Nginx does not have pools. Are you referring to PHP pools? In general with Nginx if you want to remove a site defined in its own file you just delete the file and restart.
    – Tim
    Aug 10, 2017 at 21:08
  • Yeah sorry I am talking about php-fpm pools. Aug 11, 2017 at 13:50

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Your file locations and service names might be a bit different, but you just need to delete the two configs and reload:

  1. Delete the pool configuration file /etc/php/7.0/fpm/pool.d/www.conf
  2. Delete the default site configuration file /etc/nginx/sites-available/default and its symlink /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/default
  3. Reload nginx sudo service nginx reload
  4. Reload fpm sudo service php7.0-fpm reload
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    You can leave the configuration file in sites-available, since it won't be enabled unless it's linked to sites-enabled. Up to you.
    – Zenexer
    Aug 12, 2017 at 9:49

You could also leave www.conf as a template for later use:

  1. mv /etc/php/7.0/fpm/pool.d/www.conf /etc/php/7.0/fpm/pool.d/www.conf.template
  2. sudo service php7.0-fpm reload

This way default config is still present and can be used as a template for other pool configurations. The file itself won't be used to create a php pool as it does not meet the include directive in /etc/php/7.0/fpm/php-fpm.conf:



If you are looking to remove default ngnix file only and not php pool, then you can follow this answer. I am writing this assuming the server as ubuntu. Files location may be a little different for different machines. You just need to remove default server configuration from sites-available and sites-enabled. Follow these instructions :

  1. Go to sites-enabled by sudo cd /etc/nginx/sites-enabled.
  2. Delete the link to default file sudo rm -f default.
  3. Go to sites-available by sudo cd /etc/nginx/sites-available.
  4. Delete the file default by sudo rm -f default.
  5. Reload ngnix to check if everything is alright and make your change to come into effect by sudo nginx -t && nginx -s reload

If it does not show any error, proves entries done by you have been accepted and you have removed the default server file done by ngnix.

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