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Best way to install Nginx incubator pagespeed to Ubuntu Vesta CP

For modesty, I must say that this is in my opinion the best practice at the moment.

Step 1. Preparation: package management – dependencies for build nginx pagespeed

First, you need to check that there is a string in the package sources with “deb-src” for nginx.

Open (or create) target file from sources.list.d/

nano /etc/apt/sources.list.d/nginx.list

You will see something like:

deb yakkety nginx
deb-src yakkety nginx

if there is no second line, then you need to add it (just copy the first line and add “-src”)

Update the cache then:

aptitude update

After that, install all the latest updates:

aptitude safe-upgrade

Next, download all the necessary (we have to satisfy all the dependencies) for building nginx from the source code:

apt-get build-dep nginx

Step 2. Downloading and unpacking – nginx source code, module pagespeed incubator, PSOL library

Create a working folder and go into it:

mkdir ~/nginx-with-pagespeed
cd ~/nginx-with-pagespeed

Step 2.1. Nginx source code download

Download the source code of the latest version of nginx:

apt-get source nginx

If you look what’s in the folder, you’ll see something similar:

# ls -lh
total 1.1M
drwxr-xr-x 10 root root 4.0K Jan 9 12:03 nginx-1.13.4
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 106K Aug 8 20:52 nginx_1.13.4-1~yakkety.debian.tar.xz
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1.5K Aug 8 20:52 nginx_1.13.4-1~yakkety.dsc
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 966K Aug 8 20:52 nginx_1.13.4.orig.tar.gz

Step 2.2. Downloading and unpacking the source code of the pagespeed incubator module

Go to url:
and find the last stable release:
(in my case it was:

Now run the next commands:

cd ${NGINX_VERSION}/src/http/ && unzip ~/nginx-with-pagespeed/v${NPS_VERSION}.zip

Perhaps you will get an error and have to install “unzip”:
apt install unzip

After installing “unzip” do not forget to repeat the last command from the list above.

Step 2.3. Downloal PSOL library

To do this, it’s best to go back to our working folder:
cd ~/nginx-with-pagespeed

Previously, the PSOL library could have been loaded with such a simple command:

However, this error is increasingly encountered:

The file doesn't exist on the server:
and you can get also:
ERROR 404: Not Found.

In this case, try adding the prefix “-x64” to the name.
Also, if the error recurs – try reducing the last digit by 1.
This command worked (in my case):


go to the folder with unpacked pagespeed:
cd ~/nginx-with-pagespeed/${NGINX_VERSION}/src/http/incubator-pagespeed-ngx-

and here unpack the psol library
tar -xzvf ~/nginx-with-pagespeed/

Step 3. Nginx source code modification for pagespeed

Now you need to make edits to 2 files, before you can build the deb package:

Step 3.1. The debian/rules file changes

Open the rules for build:

nano ~/nginx-with-pagespeed/${NGINX_VERSION}/debian/rules

Paste the path to the nginx pagespeed module, which looks something like this:

In this section:
config.status.nginx: config.env.nginx
cd $(BUILDDIR_nginx) && \

At the very end of the next line (in my case it was 41 lines):
CFLAGS="" ./configure --prefix=/etc/nginx --sbin-path=/usr/sbin/nginx --modules-path=/usr/lib/nginx/modules --conf-path=/etc/nginx/nginx.......

Step 3.2 The debian/changelog file changes

Open changelog file in the editor:

nano ~/nginx-with-pagespeed/${NGINX_VERSION}/debian/changelog

and change the first line, which looks something like this:
nginx (1.13.4-1~yakkety) yakkety; urgency=low
nginx (1.13.4-1~yakkety-pagespeed) yakkety; urgency=low
(that is, add something that indicates the presence of “pagespeed” in this version of nginx)

Step 4. Build and install the nginx deb package with nginx pagespeed incubator

Step 4.1. Build deb package nginx with nginx pagespeed module incubator

Go to the source folder nginx:

cd ~/nginx-with-pagespeed/${NGINX_VERSION}

and begin the build:

dpkg-buildpackage -b

Possible errors when building nginx with the nginx pagespeed module

In general, errors can be caused by a lack of suitable -dev packages in the system. For example, in one of the cases I got this error:

Error: “checking for psol … not found”

configuring additional modules
adding module in /root/nginx-with-pagespeed/nginx-1.13.9/src/http/incubator-pagespeed-ngx-
checking for psol ... not found
./configure: error: module ngx_pagespeed requires the pagespeed optimization library.
Look in /root/nginx-with-pagespeed/nginx-1.13.9/debian/build-nginx/objs/autoconf.err for more details.
debian/rules:40: recipe for target 'config.status.nginx' failed
make: *** [config.status.nginx] Error 1
dpkg-buildpackage: error: debian/rules build gave error exit status 2

To fix it, see autoconf.err:
nano /root/nginx-with-pagespeed/nginx-1.13.9/debian/build-nginx/objs/autoconf.err

by the word “psol” we find a detailed description of the error:
checking for psol
/usr/bin/ld: cannot find -luuid
collect2: error: ld returned 1 exit status

The solution is:
aptitude install uuid-dev

Step 4.2. Installing the nginx deb package with the nginx pagespeed incubator module

Check what we got in our working folder after the build:
cd ~/nginx-with-pagespeed && ls -lh
total 17M
drwxr-xr-x 10 root root 4.0K Jan 9 20:25 nginx-1.13.4
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 106K Aug 8 20:52 nginx_1.13.4-1~yakkety.debian.tar.xz
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1.5K Aug 8 20:52 nginx_1.13.4-1~yakkety.dsc
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1.1K Jan 9 20:25 nginx_1.13.4-1~yakkety-pagespeed_amd64.changes
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 4.2M Jan 9 20:25 nginx_1.13.4-1~yakkety-pagespeed_amd64.deb
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 966K Aug 8 20:52 nginx_1.13.4.orig.tar.gz
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 11M Jan 9 20:25 nginx-dbg_1.13.4-1~yakkety-pagespeed_amd64.deb
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 146K Jan 9 12:14

To install the nginx compiled with the pagespeed module, run the command:
dpkg -i nginx_1.13.4-1~yakkety-pagespeed_amd64.deb

Now we can check the version of Nginx:
nginx -V
nginx version: nginx/1.13.4
built by gcc 6.2.0 20161005 (Ubuntu 6.2.0-5ubuntu12)
built with OpenSSL 1.0.2g 1 Mar 2016
TLS SNI support enabled
configure arguments: --prefix=/etc/nginx --sbin-path=/usr/sbin/nginx --modules-path=/usr/lib/nginx/modules --conf-path=/etc/nginx/nginx.conf --error-log-path=/var/log/nginx/error.log --http-log-path=/var/log/nginx/access.log --pid-path=/var/run/ --lock-path=/var/run/nginx.lock --http-client-body-temp-path=/var/cache/nginx/client_temp --http-proxy-temp-path=/var/cache/nginx/proxy_temp --http-fastcgi-temp-path=/var/cache/nginx/fastcgi_temp --http-uwsgi-temp-path=/var/cache/nginx/uwsgi_temp --http-scgi-temp-path=/var/cache/nginx/scgi_temp --user=nginx --group=nginx --with-compat --with-file-aio --with-threads --with-http_addition_module --with-http_auth_request_module --with-http_dav_module --with-http_flv_module --with-http_gunzip_module --with-http_gzip_static_module --with-http_mp4_module --with-http_random_index_module --with-http_realip_module --with-http_secure_link_module --with-http_slice_module --with-http_ssl_module --with-http_stub_status_module --with-http_sub_module --with-http_v2_module --with-mail --with-mail_ssl_module --with-stream --with-stream_realip_module --with-stream_ssl_module --with-stream_ssl_preread_module --with-cc-opt='-g -O2 -fdebug-prefix-map=/root/nginx-with-pagespeed/${NGINX_VERSION}=. -fstack-protector-strong -Wformat -Werror=format-security -Wp,-D_FORTIFY_SOURCE=2 -fPIC' --with-ld-opt='-Wl,-Bsymbolic-functions -Wl,-z,relro -Wl,-z,now -Wl,--as-needed -pie' --add-module=/root/nginx-with-pagespeed/${NGINX_VERSION}/src/http/incubator-pagespeed-ngx-

Step 5. Protecting from updates – Nginx package with the pagespeed incubator module

To prevent Nginx from being updated with future updates, it is best to prevent automatic updating of the Nginx package. This can be done in 2 ways:

Step 5.1. Lock in Aptitude (“Hold”) – Nginx package with the pagespeed incubator module

In the terminal, run aptitude, then find “nginx” and press “=” on it (or ctrl + T, then “Hold” in the drop-down menu).

Step 5.2. Lock in Apt (“Pin”) – Nginx package with the pagespeed incubator module

If you do not use aptitude, then you can do so:

Create a new file for nginx in the /etc/apt/preferences.d folder:
nano /etc/apt/preferences.d/nginx

Then paste the following lines into it:

Package: nginx
Pin: version 1.13.4-1~yakkety-pagespeed
Pin-Priority: 1001

Be sure to verify that the name of your package and Nginx versions are appropriate.

Step 6. Configuring – Nginx with nginx pagespeed incubator

In general, you can create ngx_pagespeed_cache directory, where the cache will be stored, for example, in the /var folder:
mkdir -p /var/ngx_pagespeed_cache
chown -R www-data:www-data /var/ngx_pagespeed_cache

and directly configure the module to add to the virtual host file
(e.g., /etc/nginx/conf.d/

However, in the case where the Vesta CP control panel is installed on the server, it is better to configure it in next way:

Open the configuration file of the virtual host, where they are usually located under the control of Vesta CP. It could be something like:
nano /home/admin/conf/web/snginx.conf
nano /home/USER/conf/web/

We need to find a similar directive:
include /home/admin/conf/web/*;

Now, in accordance with it, create a new file, where we add the settings of the module pagespeed:
nano /home/admin/conf/web/

Here is a sample (remember that all paths to files need to be changed to their own):

## Pagespeed Settings
pagespeed on;
pagespeed FileCachePath /home/admin/web/;
pagespeed ImageRecompressionQuality 95;
pagespeed HttpCacheCompressionLevel 0;
pagespeed Disallow "*.svg";
# Ensure requests for pagespeed optimized resources go to the pagespeed handler and no extraneous headers get set.
location ~ "\.pagespeed\.([a-z]\.)?[a-z]{2}\.[^.]{10}\.[^.]+" { add_header "" ""; }
location ~ "^/ngx_pagespeed_static/" { }
location ~ "^/ngx_pagespeed_beacon" { }

Check the config:
nginx -t

Done, you can restart Nginx:

service nginx restart

It’s all!