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Small, fast, modular HTTP server written in Erlang.
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What is Cowboy?

Cowboy aims to provide a complete HTTP stack in a small code base. It is optimized for low latency and low memory usage, in part because it uses binary strings. Cowboy provides routing capabilities, selectively dispatching requests to handlers written in Erlang.
Cowboy is a tool in the Web Servers category of a tech stack.
Cowboy is an open source tool with 7K GitHub stars and 1.2K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Cowboy's open source repository on GitHub

Who uses Cowboy?

565 companies reportedly use Cowboy in their tech stacks, including GrubHub, Deloitte, and Paystack.

36 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Cowboy.
Pros of Cowboy
Websockets integration
Cool name
Good to use with Erlang
Anime mascot

Cowboy Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Cowboy?
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Apache HTTP Server
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Apache Tomcat
Apache Tomcat powers numerous large-scale, mission-critical web applications across a diverse range of industries and organizations.
Microsoft IIS
Internet Information Services (IIS) for Windows Server is a flexible, secure and manageable Web server for hosting anything on the Web. From media streaming to web applications, IIS's scalable and open architecture is ready to handle the most demanding tasks.
OpenResty (aka. ngx_openresty) is a full-fledged web application server by bundling the standard Nginx core, lots of 3rd-party Nginx modules, as well as most of their external dependencies.
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