nginx vs Apache Tomcat: What are the differences?
Developers describe nginx 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. On the other hand, Apache Tomcat is detailed as "An open source software implementation of the Java Servlet and JavaServer Pages technologies". Apache Tomcat powers numerous large-scale, mission-critical web applications across a diverse range of industries and organizations.
nginx and Apache Tomcat can be primarily classified as "Web Servers" tools.
"High-performance http server" is the primary reason why developers consider nginx over the competitors, whereas "Easy" was stated as the key factor in picking Apache Tomcat.
nginx and Apache Tomcat are both open source tools. It seems that nginx with 9K GitHub stars and 3.41K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Apache Tomcat with 3.44K GitHub stars and 2.36K GitHub forks.
Airbnb, Uber Technologies, and Spotify are some of the popular companies that use nginx, whereas Apache Tomcat is used by ebay, Intuit, and Evernote. nginx has a broader approval, being mentioned in 8631 company stacks & 2495 developers stacks; compared to Apache Tomcat, which is listed in 562 company stacks and 419 developer stacks.
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