I'm trying to add nginx mp4 and upload module via

./configure --add-module=/tmp/nginx-upload-module-2.2.0

but it gives this(below) error. Whatever i tried, couldn't install the zlib. I need help..

./configure: error: the HTTP gzip module requires the zlib library.
You can either disable the module by using --without-http_gzip_module
option, or install the zlib library into the system, or build the zlib library
statically from the source with nginx by using --with-zlib=<path> option.

when i try to install zlib via

sudo apt-get install zlib1g-dev and this time it gives below error.

Package zlib1g-dev is not available, but is referred to by another package.
This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
is only available from another source

Edit : Ubuntu version :

Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description:    Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS
Release:        16.04
Codename:       xenial
  • @dessert add this info to my question. it is 16.04.
    – Farukest
    Nov 25, 2017 at 14:55
  • On my 16.04 machine, sudo apt-get install zlib1g-dev simply installs this package, it should be available in every supported version. I assume there's something else going on here…
    – dessert
    Nov 25, 2017 at 15:13
  • what can be the reason. Is it possible to related with etc/apt/source/sources.list.d, if then what should i do ? i cant find the reason. i will lose my mind..
    – Farukest
    Nov 25, 2017 at 15:16

1 Answer 1


A little late though. I guess you will need to install all the dependencies with the package. Try running:

apt-get install libpcre3 libpcre3-dev zlib1g zlib1g-dev libssl-dev
  • 3
    That would not solve the problem; if zlib1g-dev cannot be found, it will not suddenly appear after adding other packaes on the command line.
    – fkraiem
    Oct 6, 2018 at 13:32
  • worked for me! Thanks!
    – Dara Java
    Mar 30, 2020 at 3:51
  • No matter how hard I try, I always forget these! I've added to my newest docs (TLS, PCRE, and ZLIB support). Thanks for the reminder! Should be the accepted answer. Sep 22, 2020 at 1:46

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