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OpenResty® Deb Packages

Yichun Zhang (agentzh) , 01 May 2020 (created 06 Jun 2017)

The OpenResty official APT repositories provide the following deb packages (for Ubuntu and Debian).


This is the production build for the core OpenResty server.

This package registers /usr/bin/openresty, which is symbolic link to OpenResty's nginx executable file, /usr/local/openresty/nginx/sbin/nginx. This openresty command should be visible to your PATH environment by default. Always type openresty instead of nginx when you want to invoke the nginx executable provided by this package. The nginx executable is not visible to your PATH environment by default, however, to avoid any confusions with other NGINX packages and installations in the same system.

You can also start the default OpenResty server via the command

sudo systemctl start openresty

Other systemctl actions supported are stop, restart, and reload.

The default server prefix is /usr/local/openresty/. For your own OpenResty applications, it is highly recommended to specify your own server prefix and point it to your own application directories, like this:

sudo openresty -p /opt/my-fancy-app/

Then you have sub-directories like conf/, html/ and logs/ under the /opt/my-fancy-app/ directory. This way, we can avoid polluting the OpenResty installation trees under /usr/local/openresty/ and allow multiple different OpenResty applications sharing the same OpenResty server installation. You will need to draft up a init script for each of your OpenResty application yourself, however. You can use the default /etc/init.d/openresty init script as a template.

We use our own builds of OpenSSL (through the openresty-openssl package), PCRE, zlib, and LuaJIT to ensure these critical components are up to date and well formed.


This package contains the resty command-line utility, which is visible to your PATH environment (as /usr/bin/resty. To try it out, just type

$ resty -e 'ngx.say("hello")'

This package depends on the standard perl package and our openresty package to work properly.

See the resty-cli project for more details.


This package contains the OpenResty documentation tool chain and documentation data. The most useful tool is the restydoc command-line utility, which should be visible to your PATH environment by default (as /usr/bin/restydoc.

To try it out:

restydoc ngx_lua

restydoc -s content_by_lua

restydoc -s proxy_pass

See the output of the restydoc -h command for more details on its usage.

For the best result, please ensure your terminal is using the UTF-8 character encoding and both of your perl and groff installations are modern enough. Otherwise those non-ASCII characters may not be displayed correctly.


This package contains the command-line utility opm for OpenResty Package Manager. This tool can be used to install community-contributed OpenResty packages from the central OPM package server:


This is the normal debug build of OpenResty. As compared to the openresty package, it has the following differences:

  • It disables C compiler optimizations in the build.
  • It enables the NGINX debugging log capability.
  • It enables the poll module in NGINX in addition to the default epoll module so that the mockeagain testing tool can be used.
  • It uses the openresty-openssl-debug package instead of openresty-openssl for the OpenSSL library.
  • It enables API checks and assertions in the LuaJIT build.
  • It enables the assertions in the ngx_http_lua module.
  • It makes the ngx_http_lua module abort the current nginx worker process immediately upon LuaJIT allocation failures in its GC-managed memory (the default behavior is logging an error message and gracefully quit the current worker process).
  • The default server prefix of its NGINX is /usr/local/openresty-debug/.
  • The entry point visible to your PATH environment is openresty-debug instead of openresty.
  • It does not come with a init script.

You should never use this package in production. This package is for development only.


This is a special debug version of OpenResty targeting the Valgrind tool chain. Valgrind is a powerful tool to check various kinds of memory issues, like memory leaks and memory invalid accesses. To maximize the possibilities of catching memory bugs via Valgrind, this build does the following in addition to those done in the openresty-debug package:

  • It disables the memory pools used in the NGINX by applying the "no-pool" patch.
  • It enforces LuaJIT to use the system allocator instead of its own.
  • It enables the internal Valgrind co-operations in the LuaJIT build through the -DLUAJIT_USE_VALGRIND C compiler flag.
  • The default server prefix of its NGINX is /usr/local/openresty-valgrind/.
  • The entry point visible to your PATH environment is openresty-valgrind instead of openresty-debug.

See the following tutorials on more details on Valgrind-based testing in the context of OpenResty:

To use this special build of OpenResty on x86_64 systems, you must use Valgrind to run, otherwise the LuaJIT VM cannot even do allocations properly.

Also, it is important to configure the following at the beginning of your nginx.conf file for the best result:

daemon off;
master_process off;
worker_processes 1;


This is our own build of the OpenSSL library. In particular, we have disabled the threads support in the build to save some overhead.

We include our own (small) patches to support advanced SSL features in OpenResty like ssl_session_fetch_by_lua.

Also, we ship our own OpenSSL package to ensure the latest mainstream version of OpenSSL is used in OpenResty even on older systems.


This is the debug build of OpenSSL library. As compared to openresty-openssl, it has the following changes:

  • It disables any C compiler optimizations.
  • It is Valgrind clean and free of any Valgrind false positives.
  • Assembly code is disabled so we always have perfect C-land backtraces and etc.
  • It is installed into the prefix /usr/local/openresty-debug/openssl/.


This is our own build of the zlib library for gzip compression. We ship our own zlib package to ensure the latest mainstream version of zlib is used in OpenResty even on older systems.


This is our own build of the PCRE library for gzip compression. We ship our own PCRE package to ensure the latest mainstream version of PCRE is used in OpenResty even on older systems.


This package provides the command-line utility, lemplate, that can compile template files in perl's TT2 templating language syntax to standalone Lua modules for OpenResty.

The OpenResty official site,, uses Lemplate as the HTML page template compiler, for example.


This is our Test::Nginx test framework. Read the following book chapter on a complete introduction to this test scaffold:

Development Packages

We provide development packages for our binary library packages openresty-zlib, openresty-pcre, openresty-openssl, and openresty-openssl-debug. These packages contain header files and static library archive files for the corresponding binary package. Their names all have a -dev suffix as compared to their binary counterpart. For example, we have openresty-zlib-dev for openresty-zlib, openresty-pcre-dev for openresty-pcre, openresty-openssl-dev for openresty-opnessl, and also openresty-openssl-debug-dev for openresty-openssl-debug.

Debug Symbol Packages

We provide debug symbol packages for those containing binary components like the openresty and openresty-openssl packages. Their debug symbol packages just have the -dbgsym suffix in their package names, just like other standard deb packages.

For example, to install the debug symbol package for the openresty package, just install the openresty-dbgsym package. Similarly, the debug symbol package for the openresty-debug package is openresty-debug-dbgsym.


The source files used to build these packages can be found in the openresty-packaging GitHub repository:

See Also

See the Linux Packages page for more details on our official OpenResty package repositories.