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Alternatives to lighttpd

NGINX, LiteSpeed, Caddy, Apache HTTP Server, and Microsoft IIS are the most popular alternatives and competitors to lighttpd.
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What is lighttpd and what are its top alternatives?

lighttpd has a very low memory footprint compared to other webservers and takes care of cpu-load. Its advanced feature-set (FastCGI, CGI, Auth, Output-Compression, URL-Rewriting and many more) make lighttpd the perfect webserver-software for every server that suffers load problems.
lighttpd is a tool in the Web Servers category of a tech stack.

Top Alternatives to lighttpd

  • NGINX

    NGINX

    nginx [engine x] is an HTTP and reverse proxy server, as well as a mail proxy server, written by Igor Sysoev. According to Netcraft nginx served or proxied 30.46% of the top million busiest sites in Jan 2018. ...

  • LiteSpeed

    LiteSpeed

    It is a drop-in Apache replacement and the leading high-performance, high-scalability server. You can replace your existing Apache server with it without changing your configuration or operating system details. As a drop-in replacement, it allows you to quickly eliminate Apache bottlenecks in 15 minutes with zero downtime. ...

  • Caddy

    Caddy

    Caddy 2 is a powerful, enterprise-ready, open source web server with automatic HTTPS written in Go. ...

  • Apache HTTP Server

    Apache HTTP Server

    The Apache HTTP Server is a powerful and flexible HTTP/1.1 compliant web server. Originally designed as a replacement for the NCSA HTTP Server, it has grown to be the most popular web server on the Internet. ...

  • Microsoft IIS

    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. ...

  • Apache Tomcat

    Apache Tomcat

    Apache Tomcat powers numerous large-scale, mission-critical web applications across a diverse range of industries and organizations. ...

  • OpenResty

    OpenResty

    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. ...

  • Passenger

    Passenger

    Phusion Passenger is a web server and application server, designed to be fast, robust and lightweight. It takes a lot of complexity out of deploying web apps, adds powerful enterprise-grade features that are useful in production, and makes administration much easier and less complex. ...

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    Easy to configure
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    Open source
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    Load balancer
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    Scalability
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    Free
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    Web server
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    Simplicity
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    Easy setup
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    Content caching
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    Web Accelerator
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    Capability
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    Fast
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    Predictability
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    High-latency
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    Reverse Proxy
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    Fast and lightweight
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    Supports http/2
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    The best of them
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    Lots of Modules
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    Great Community
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    Enterprise version
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    Embedded Lua scripting
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    Reversy Proxy
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    Streaming media delivery
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    Streaming media
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    High perfomance proxy server
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    Lightweight
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    saltstack
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    Fast and easy to set up
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    Slim
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    GRPC-Web
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    Narrow focus. Easy to configure. Fast
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    Along with Redis Cache its the Most superior
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We also implemented a dashboard app to handle user authentication/authorization, as well as a custom SSO server that runs on Heroku which allows experts to easily visit more than one instance without having to login repeatedly. The #Backend was implemented using my favorite #Stack which consists of FeathersJS on top of Node.js and ExpressJS with PostgreSQL as the main database. The #Frontend was implemented using React, Redux.js, Semantic UI React and the FeathersJS client. Though testing was light on this project, we chose to use AVA as well as ESLint to keep the codebase clean and consistent.

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We switched to Traefik so we can use the REST API to dynamically configure subdomains and have the ability to redirect between multiple servers.

We still use nginx with a docker-compose to expose the traffic from our APIs and TCP microservices, but for managing routing to the internet Traefik does a much better job

The biggest win for naologic was the ability to set dynamic configurations without having to restart the server

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LiteSpeed

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      Caddy

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        Builtin HTTPS
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        Runtime config API
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      Scott Mebberson
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      We used to primarily use nginx for our static web server and proxy in-front of Node.js. Now, we use Caddy. And we couldn't be happier.

      Caddy is simpler on all fronts. Configuration is easier. Free HTTPS out of the box. Some fantastic plugins. And for the most part, it's fast.

      Don't get me wrong, it's not lost on me that Nginx is actually a superior product.

      But for the times when you don't need that extra performance, and complexity - take a look at Caddy.

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      Apache HTTP Server

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        Web server
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        Most widely-used web server
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        Virtual hosting
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        Fast
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        Ssl support
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        Since 1996
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        Asynchronous
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        Robust
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        Proven over many years
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        Mature
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        Perfect Support
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        Perfomance
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        Many available modules
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      CONS OF APACHE HTTP SERVER
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        Hard to set up

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      Tim Abbott
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      We've been happy with nginx as part of our stack. As an open source web application that folks install on-premise, the configuration system for the webserver is pretty important to us. I have a few complaints (e.g. the configuration syntax for conditionals is a pain), but overall we've found it pretty easy to build a configurable set of options (see link) for how to run Zulip on nginx, both directly and with a remote reverse proxy in front of it, with a minimum of code duplication.

      Certainly I've been a lot happier with it than I was working with Apache HTTP Server in past projects.

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      Marcel Kornegoor
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      nginx or Apache HTTP Server that's the question. The best choice depends on what it needs to serve. In general, Nginx performs better with static content, where Apache and Nginx score roughly the same when it comes to dynamic content. Since most webpages and web-applications use both static and dynamic content, a combination of both platforms may be the best solution.

      Since both webservers are easy to deploy and free to use, setting up a performance or feature comparison test is no big deal. This way you can see what solutions suits your application or content best. Don't forget to look at other aspects, like security, back-end compatibility (easy of integration) and manageability, as well.

      A reasonably good comparison between the two can be found in the link below.

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      Microsoft IIS

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        Use nginx
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        Azure integration
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        Best for ms technologyes ms bullshit
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        Fast
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        Reliable
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        Performance
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        Powerful
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        Webserver
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        Simple to configure
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        Easy setup
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        Shipped with Windows Server
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        Ssl integration
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        Security
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        OpenResty

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            We use nginx and OpenResty as our API proxy running on EC2 for auth, caching, and some rate limiting for our dozens of microservices. Since OpenResty support embedded Lua we were able to write a custom access module that calls out to our authentication service with the resource, method, and access token. If that succeeds then critical account info is passed down to the underlying microservice. This proxy approach keeps all authentication and authorization in one place and provides a unified CX for our API users. Nginx is fast and cheap to run though we are always exploring alternatives that are also economical. What do you use?

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            At Kong while building an internal tool, we struggled to route metrics to Prometheus and logs to Logstash without incurring too much latency in our metrics collection.

            We replaced nginx with OpenResty on the edge of our tool which allowed us to use the lua-nginx-module to run Lua code that captures metrics and records telemetry data during every request’s log phase. Our code then pushes the metrics to a local aggregator process (written in Go) which in turn exposes them in Prometheus Exposition Format for consumption by Prometheus. This solution reduced the number of components we needed to maintain and is fast thanks to NGINX and LuaJIT.

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              Fast web server
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              Free
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              Scalable
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              Rolling restarts
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              Out-of-process architecture
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              Deployment error resistance
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