Laravel 5.7 Css Not Loading Nginx

Laravel 5.7 Css Not Loading Nginx


When building your web application with Laravel 5.7 and using the Nginx web server, you may experience issues when serving CSS files with Laravel Elixer. This can be especially problematic if you are using a development environment as Elixer will not be able to detect the Nginx configuration.

In this article we explore the issue and provide solutions to the problem. We will be attempting to serve a css file from a Laravel 5.7 project via Nginx that is using Laravel Elixer.

Laravel Elixer

Laravel Elixer is a collection of tools for handling assets like CSS and JavaScript files in your application. It is used to minify, version, and concatenate files, as well as providing other features such as asset management and file management.

Elixer can detect your web server type and configure itself accordingly. However, if it is unable to do so, you may experience issues with your assets.

Nginx Configuration

In order for Elixer to recognize a Nginx server, you need to ensure that the appropriate server name is set in the nginx.conf file. Add the following line to your nginx.conf file.

server_name localhost;

This will tell Elixer that it is running with a Nginx server, and allow it to properly read your assets.

Elixer Configuration

Now that your Elixer has been configured to recognize your Nginx server, you will need to update your Elixer configuration file. In your Laravel project’s root directory, locate the elixer.json file and add the following to the file:

"css": {
"type": "Nginx",
"ext": ".css"

This will set the file type to Nginx and the file extension to .css. This will ensure that Elixer serves your assets correctly.

Serving the CSS File

Now that your Nginx and Elixer configurations have been updated, you can serve your CSS file. If you have not already done so, you will need to create a new css file and place it in your project’spublic/css/ directory. You can then add the following code to your bottom of your HTML page:

This will link to your css file and ensure that your Nginx and Elixer configurations are correctly reading the file.

Using a CDN

Another option is to use a content delivery network (CDN) to serve your CSS files. A CDN can provide greater scalability as it allows for caching of files and serving them from multiple geographical locations. If you wish to use a CDN, you can do so by adding the following to your HTML page:

Be sure to replace “” with the URL of your chosen CDN.


In this article we explored the problem of serving css files with Laravel Elixer when using the Nginx web server. By following the steps outlined in this article, you should be able to serve your css files correctly.


  • Q: How do I configure Nginx for Elixer?

    A: You will need to add the following line to your nginx.conf file: server_name localhost;

  • Q: How do I update my Elixer configuration for Nginx?

    A: You will need to add the following to your elixer.json file:

    "css": {
    "type": "Nginx",
    "ext": ".css"

  • Q: Can I use a CDN to serve my CSS files?

    A: Yes, you can use a CDN to serve your CSS files. However, you will need to update your HTML page with the URL of your chosen CDN.

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