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How To Disable Nginx, Apache, or Varnish from Auto Start In Your Linux Server

This is another 2 cents tip from me on how to stop / disable Nginx, Apache, or Varnish service and remove it from Auto Start entry in Linux Server so it will not start automatically each time your server boot. Why would you need it? Well, that depends and there are many reasons why you have to do that. For example, I firstly installed LAMP stack then added Nginx as reserve proxy to run in front of Apache. Unfortunately, my website and app won’t work properly with that server config. So I decided to stop Nginx and use Apache instead. Then my site works flawlessly until the VPS provider did maintenance and reboot my server. My app won’t work again and once did some checks, my server run Nginx again. Hence I need to disable Nginx including on reboot but I want to keep it installed for further use.

The commands we need are:

First, we need to stop the service from running:

## Stop Nginx
/etc/init.d/nginx stop

## Stop Nginx (Alternate command)
service nginx stop

## Stop Apache
/etc/init.d/httpd stop

## Stop Apache (Alternate command)
service httpd stop

## Stop Varnish
/etc/init.d/varnish stop

## Stop Varnish (Alternate command)
service varnish stop

Of course you need to replace httpd with apache2 on Ubuntu server.

Next, this command allows you to disable either Nginx, Apache or Varnish from running on reboot:

## Disable Nginx
chkconfig nginx off

## Disable Apache
chkconfig httpd off

## Disable Varnish
chkconfig varnish off

Now finally, confirm that you’ve deleted the service from auto start entries:

## Nginx
chkconfig --list | grep nginx

## Apache
chkconfig --list | grep httpd

## Varnish
chkconfig --list | grep varnish

You should see the result is showing “OFF” for all entries.

That’s it.


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