A lightweight launcher for a PHP/Nginx development server


To give the possibility to a user without admin privileges to easily launch a PHP development server.


  • PHP in CGI mode: php-cgi -v must returns php-fcgi in output
  • Nginx server

On Ubuntu systems:

sudo apt-get install nginx-full php5-cgi

On archlinux:

pacman nginx php-cgi


To install sng locally :

npm install sng

To install globally in system use:

npm install sng -g


  -n, --nginx-base        Default binding NGinx wil be listening on            [default: ""]
  -p, --php-bind          Default binding address for php-cgi                  [default: ""]
  -b, --behavior          Changes behavior. Avialable are: "standard", "zend"  [default: "standard"]
  -x, --extra-directives  Extra directives file for the NGinx server

Configuration files

You can directly store the configuration file in the root folder of the server. sng will look for .sng.conf.tpl files in the root folder. A very basic configuration file would look like that :

location / {
    if ($uri ~ "\.php") {
        fastcgi_pass {{ php_bind }};
    access_log  {{ tmpdir }}/access.log mine;

Warning : The {{ php_bind }} represents the ip and port on which php-cgi is running, for exemple is the default binding.

Tip: Filter by directory path e.g. /media app.js to search for public/media/app.js.
Tip: Use camelCasing e.g. ProjME to search for ProjectModifiedEvent.java.
Tip: Filter by extension type e.g. /repo .js to search for all .js files in the /repo directory.
Tip: Separate your search with spaces e.g. /ssh pom.xml to search for src/ssh/pom.xml.
Tip: Use ↑ and ↓ arrow keys to navigate and return to view the file.
Tip: You can also navigate files with Ctrl+j (next) and Ctrl+k (previous) and view the file with Ctrl+o.
Tip: You can also navigate files with Alt+j (next) and Alt+k (previous) and view the file with Alt+o.