HAProxy vs nginx: What are the differences?
Developers describe HAProxy as "The Reliable, High Performance TCP/HTTP Load Balancer". HAProxy (High Availability Proxy) is a free, very fast and reliable solution offering high availability, load balancing, and proxying for TCP and HTTP-based applications. On the other hand, nginx is detailed as "A high performance free open source web server powering busiest sites on the Internet". 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.
HAProxy belongs to "Load Balancer / Reverse Proxy" category of the tech stack, while nginx can be primarily classified under "Web Servers".
"Load balancer", "High performance" and "Very fast" are the key factors why developers consider HAProxy; whereas "High-performance http server", "Performance" and "Easy to configure" are the primary reasons why nginx is favored.
nginx is an open source tool with 9K GitHub stars and 3.41K GitHub forks. Here's a link to nginx's open source repository on GitHub.
According to the StackShare community, nginx has a broader approval, being mentioned in 8631 company stacks & 2495 developers stacks; compared to HAProxy, which is listed in 452 company stacks and 205 developer stacks.
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