# ðŸŠķ Web Server

Chevereto requires an HTTP web server compatible with PHP. It provides official support (when using our configuration) for Apache HTTP Server and Nginx.

Alternative web servers

Any web server capable of forwarding FastCGI can be used to deploy Chevereto, but we don't provide the webserver configuration. You are encouraged to try translating .htaccess rules to your server realm, if you need help don't hesitate to ask us directly.

# Resources

# What it does?

The web server exposes the Chevereto application using the HTTP(s) protocol.

# Troubleshoot

Having issues? Check the following common pitfalls:

  • Apache mod_rewrite disabled or Allow Override All missing in virtual hosts
  • Missing writing permissions in Chevereto paths
  • Bad or invalid setup (timezone, multi-views, timeout, etc.)
  • Wrong NGINX server block / PHP-FPM issues
  • mod_security or any other artifact blocking requests from/to

# Apache HTTP server

Apache configuration .htaccess files are included in Chevereto files. The only requirement is to enable module mod_rewrite (opens new window) must be enabled. Virtual host settings must allow URL rewriting:

    <Directory /var/www/html>
        Options -Indexes +FollowSymLinks +MultiViews
        AllowOverride All
        Require all granted


This is the recommended nginx.conf for server {} block.

    # Disable access to sensitive application files
    location ~* (app|content|lib)/.*\.(po|php|lock|sql)$ {
        return 404;
    location ~* composer\.json|composer\.lock|.gitignore$ {
        return 404;
    location ~* /\.ht {
        return 404;

    # Image not found replacement
    location ~* \.(jpe?g|png|gif|webp)$ {
        log_not_found off;
        error_page 404 /content/images/system/default/404.gif;

    # CORS header (avoids font rendering issues)
    location ~* \.(ttf|ttc|otf|eot|woff|woff2|font.css|css|js)$ {
        add_header Access-Control-Allow-Origin "*";

    # PHP front controller
    location / {
        index index.php;
        try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php$is_args$query_string;

    # Single PHP-entrypoint (disables direct access to .php files)
    location ~* \.php$  {
        include snippets/fastcgi-php.conf;
        fastcgi_pass unix:/var/run/php/php8.1-fpm.sock;

# Restrict PHP

Built-in Apache HTTP server config and provided Nginx config for Chevereto restricts access to PHP files. Only /index.php is allowed to process PHP requests and any extra PHP file execution is forbidden.

This is a security measure to prevent execution of arbitrary files that an attacker or third-party may nest in the Chevereto application filesystem.

# Real connecting IP

For setups under a proxy is required that the web server sets the appropriate value for the client connecting IP.


If real connecting IP is not configured Chevereto won't be able to detect the real visitors IPs, failing to deliver IP based restrictions and flood control.

Refer to the following resources when requiring to configure real connecting IP: