Web Server Load Balancing with NGINX Plus

Support Options

Getting support for NGINX software is easy, whether from the experts at NGINX or from the broad community of NGINX users and contributors.

Community Support

The NGINX mailing list is operated and moderated by the NGINX community.

Commercial Support

Commercial support is available for NGINX Plus, NGINX Open Source packages, NGINX API Connectivity Manager, NGINX Ingress Controller, NGINX Service Mesh, and NGINX Instance Manager.

What Does Commercial Support Cover?

NGINX Support Services is here to remotely assist you with specific break-fix issues regarding ongoing maintenance of your active NGINX subscriptions.

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Use of NGINX Open Source and NGINX Solutions

Depending on your subscription, your purchase covers binaries for NGINX Open Source (refer to Support Policy), NGINX Plus, NGINX Management Suite, NGINX App Protect, NGINX Ingress Controller, and NGINX Service Mesh.

Each individual installation of NGINX software must be covered by a separate support subscription.

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Software Updates

NGINX Open Source releases are immediately available on, along with product documentation.

All other product releases can be obtained through MyF5 with documentation available through NGINX Docs.

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Debugging and Error Correction

If you experience an error, we work to fix it or provide a workaround. We respond to raised issues, and begin investigation for critical issues, within the agreed SLA time. Fixes are incorporated into the next product update, and the QA cycle is adjusted for regression testing.

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Security Notifications

Security issues (such as Critical Errors and Vulnerabilities – or CVEs) are rare and unlikely, but if they happen, we let you know about the implications and the solution directly, as quickly as possible.

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Documentation Discrepancies

Uncertain about something in the documentation? Or maybe something doesn’t seem right. If you have a question, we get you a precise answer within the agreed SLA time frame.

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Assistance with Installation

NGINX technical support is not designed to walk you through the installation process. If you need comprehensive installation assistance, you may opt to work with our Professional Services organization.

Support and Services

We offer two levels of support for our customers across all products.

FeaturesF5 StandardF5 Premium
Number of incidentsUnlimitedUnlimited
Support hoursBusiness Hours24x7
Email supportYesYes
Phone supportYesYes
Response timeBy severity level SLA ranges from 30 minutes (urgent) to 24 hours (low)​By severity level SLA ranges from 30 minutes (urgent) to 24 hours (low)​
Answers about documentationAs aboveAs above
Hot bug fixesYesYes
Software updatesMajor and MinorMajor and Minor
Support for NGINX Management Suite API Connectivity ManagerYesYes
Support for NGINX Management Suite Instance ManagerYesYes

Support Policy for NGINX Open Source

F5 provides support services for NGINX Open Source software in accordance with the relevant portions of the F5 support policies and as described in this section.

Packages and Modules Covered by F5 Support

  • Linux packages of NGINX Open Source stable and mainline versions obtained directly from F5 NGINX. NGINX Open Source software support is provided when the following versions of the software are obtained directly:
    • Stable releases – The current and prior two main stable releases are supported, including minor releases for security issues.
    • Mainline releases – Releases published within last two years are supported.
  • Modules distributed as part of NGINX Open Source.

Security Patches and Bug Fixes

The following are included with the subscription:

  • Security patches for the latest mainline and stable releases .
  • Critical bug fixes in the latest mainline release.
  • Non-critical bug fixes are provided in the latest or a future mainline release.

Note: Patches and fixes are not backported.

Not Covered by Support

The following are not supported:

  • NGINX Open Source binaries compiled by anyone other than F5 NGINX.
  • Modules developed and/or compiled by anyone other than F5 NGINX.
  • NGINX Open Source prepackaged as part of an OS distribution.
  • NGINX products and third-party modules altered or modified by anyone other than F5 NGINX.
  • NGINX products and third-party modules used on or in conjunction with hardware or software other than as specified in official NGINX documentation .
  • Any custom scripts written on top of modules or to extend the functionality of these modules.
  • Defects in NGINX products and third-party modules due to accident, hardware malfunction, abuse, or improper use.
  • Versions of NGINX products and third-party modules for which support services have been discontinued by F5.
  • Errors caused by third-party modules not licensed through F5.
  • Evaluation software or other software provided by F5 at no charge, unless otherwise expressly provided in the associated license agreement.
  • Open source versions of other F5 products, unless otherwise expressly provided in the associated license agreement.
  • Products sold separately by F5.


Get expert support for when you need reliable and fast SLAs or can’t risk exposing your code on the Internet.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What versions of NGINX Plus, NGINX API Connectivity Manager, NGINX Instance Manager, NGINX App Protect, and NGINX Plus Ingress Controller are supported?

We advise users to run the most recent release of NGINX software, because we issue updates to the most recent release only. Security updates for NGINX Plus are issued for the most recent and one prior release. We proactively notify all subscribers when updates are available. We provide technical support for the current release, and releases that launched within two years of the launch date of the current release. For release information, please see the release notes for NGINX Plus, NGINX API Connectivity Manager, NGINX Instance Manager, NGINX App Protect, and NGINX Plus Ingress Controller.

How do I create a support ticket?

To create a support ticket, please use the email addresses (for you and for NGINX engineering) in your support contract to send and receive support case information. With both F5 Standard and F5 Premium support subscriptions, you can get support by phone for critical issues.

How do I get support for NGINX software?

You can purchase an NGINX Plus subscription to cover each supported instance of NGINX Plus or NGINX Open Source.

What SLA can NGINX guarantee?

NGINX guarantees an SLA of 30 minutes for the initial contact in new high‑severity support query. Please contact us to learn more.

How is the open source product supported?

NGINX supports binary builds of NGINX Open Source that are obtained from the repositories. Purchase an F5 Standard or F5 Premium support subscription for each NGINX Open Source instance that requires support, and use a prebuilt NGINX Open Source binary instead of an NGINX Plus binary. NGINX does not support binaries that you build from source yourself or binary distributions obtained from other sources.

How does NGINX support third-party modules?

NGINX provides commercially reasonable efforts support for the optional third‑party modules that we build and maintain. A list of these modules is available on our Technical Specifications page. Support coverage may be limited to one hour per query and referred to NGINX Professional Services if necessary.

We do not support custom or third‑party modules that are not listed on our Technical Specifications page. We may ask for such modules to be disabled before providing support.

What happens when my support expires?

After your support contract expires, you are no longer licensed to use NGINX Plus or obtain support from NGINX. Access to NGINX Plus updates will be prohibited, and you must stop and delete your NGINX Plus instances. Please contact us to renew your NGINX Plus subscription.

How can I get design or consultancy help?

If you need help with architecture, design, or configuration, our Professional Services team can help you translate your requirements into an optimized NGINX configuration. Please contact us to learn more.

How can I get proactive notifications of new releases and security updates?

Please register users at We email all details of new NGINX Plus releases and any critical security updates to these users. Please also refer to the NGINX Plus release notes and security updates which are updated regularly. Users of NGINX Amplify can also find version and security advisory information in their system reports.

How does the NGINX support process change after the F5 acquisition announcement?

Technical Support and Professional Services for both NGINX and F5 will continue to run independently, as separate entities. Customers of both NGINX and F5 should continue to access entitled services as they did before the acquisition announcement.