Install pterodactyl on CentOS 7

This guide covers the installation of the requirements for a panel with SSL enabled.

Install Requirements

The panel requirements can be found here


## Install Repos
cat <<EOF > /etc/yum.repos.d/mariadb.repo
# MariaDB 10.2 CentOS repository list - created 2017-07-14 12:40 UTC
name = MariaDB
baseurl =

## Get yum updates
yum update -y

## Install MariaDB 10.2
yum install -y MariaDB-common MariaDB-server

## Start maraidb
systemctl start mariadb
systemctl enable mariadb

PHP 7.2

We recommend the ius repo to get the latest php packages.

## Install Repos
yum install -y epel-release

## Get yum updates
yum update -y

## Install PHP 7.2
yum install -y php72u-php php72u-common php72u-fpm php72u-cli php72u-json php72u-mysqlnd php72u-mcrypt php72u-gd php72u-mbstring php72u-pdo php72u-zip php72u-bcmath php72u-dom php72u-opcache


yum install -y nginx

firewall-cmd --add-service=http --permanent
firewall-cmd --add-service=https --permanent 
firewall-cmd --reload


yum install -y redis40u

systemctl start redis
systemctl enable redis



yum install -y certbot


curl -sS | php -- --install-dir=/usr/local/bin --filename=composer

Server Configuration

This following section covers the configuration of parts of the server to run the panel.


The fastest way to set up mariadb is to use the mysql_secure_installation command and follow prompts


The following are safe defaults.

Change to your own secure password
Set root password? [Y/n] Y

Get rid of users that could access the db by default
Remove anonymous users? [Y/n] Y

Keep root off the external interfaces
Disallow root login remotely? [Y/n] Y

Extra databases that aren't needed
Remove test database and access to it? [Y/n] Y

Clears and sets all the changes made
Reload privilege tables now? [Y/n] Y

All done! If you've completed all of the above steps, your MariaDB
installation should now be secure.

Adding MariaDB user

We have a tutorial in the tutorial section
Setting up MySQL


Place the contents below in a file inside the /etc/php-fpm.d folder. The file can be named anything, but a good standard is www-pterodactyl.conf. This config will match the nginx config later in the guide.


user = nginx
group = nginx

listen = /var/run/php-fpm/pterodactyl.sock
listen.owner = nginx = nginx
listen.mode = 0750

pm = ondemand
pm.max_children = 9
pm.process_idle_timeout = 10s
pm.max_requests = 200

Start and enable php-fpm on the system.

systemctl enable php-fpm
systemctl start php-fpm


follow the tutorial on generating an SSL cert to use.

ssl config




server_tokens off;

server {
    listen 80;
    server_name <domain>;
    return 301 https://$server_name$request_uri;

server {
    listen 443 ssl http2;
    server_name <domain>;

    root /var/www/pterodactyl/public;
    index index.php;

    access_log /var/log/nginx/;
    error_log  /var/log/nginx/ error;

    # allow larger file uploads and longer script runtimes
    client_max_body_size 100m;
    client_body_timeout 120s;
    sendfile off;

    # SSL Configuration
    ssl_certificate /etc/letsencrypt/live/<domain>/fullchain.pem;
    ssl_certificate_key /etc/letsencrypt/live/<domain>/privkey.pem;
    ssl_session_cache shared:SSL:10m;
    ssl_protocols TLSv1.2;
    ssl_prefer_server_ciphers on;

    # See before uncommenting the line below.
    # add_header Strict-Transport-Security "max-age=15768000; preload;";
    add_header X-Content-Type-Options nosniff;
    add_header X-XSS-Protection "1; mode=block";
    add_header X-Robots-Tag none;
    add_header Content-Security-Policy "frame-ancestors 'self'";
    add_header X-Frame-Options DENY;
    add_header Referrer-Policy same-origin;

    location / {
        try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php?$query_string;

    location ~ \.php$ {
        fastcgi_split_path_info ^(.+\.php)(/.+)$;
        fastcgi_pass unix:/var/run/php-fpm/pterodactyl.sock;
        fastcgi_index index.php;
        include fastcgi_params;
        fastcgi_param PHP_VALUE "upload_max_filesize = 100M \n post_max_size=100M";
        fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;
        fastcgi_param HTTP_PROXY "";
        fastcgi_intercept_errors off;
        fastcgi_buffer_size 16k;
        fastcgi_buffers 4 16k;
        fastcgi_connect_timeout 300;
        fastcgi_send_timeout 300;
        fastcgi_read_timeout 300;
        include /etc/nginx/fastcgi_params;

    location ~ /\.ht {
        deny all;


The default Redis install is perfectly fine for the panel.

If you have Redis already in use you may want to look into running another Redis instance similar to this guide

Installing the panel

Follow the regular guide to install the panel