lighttpd vs nginx: What are the differences?
Developers describe lighttpd as "A secure, fast, compliant, and very flexible web-server that has been optimized for high-performance environments". 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. 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.
lighttpd and nginx can be categorized as "Web Servers" tools.
"Lightweight" is the primary reason why developers consider lighttpd over the competitors, whereas "High-performance http server" was stated as the key factor in picking nginx.
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.
reddit, Instacart, and Lyft are some of the popular companies that use nginx, whereas lighttpd is used by WhatsApp, Frame, and Fusionbox. nginx has a broader approval, being mentioned in 8631 company stacks & 2494 developers stacks; compared to lighttpd, which is listed in 15 company stacks and 4 developer stacks.
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