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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 5.9K GitHub stars and 1K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Cowboy's open source repository on GitHub

Who uses Cowboy?

562 companies reportedly use Cowboy in their tech stacks, including thoughtbot, GrubHub, and Deloitte.

23 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Cowboy.
Private Decisions at about Cowboy

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by members of with Cowboy in their tech stack.

Mathias Vonende
Mathias Vonende
Backend Developer at Droidsolutions · | 1 upvotes · 0 views
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Application/http-server for everything except static data. Cowboy

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Cowboy Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Cowboy?
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.
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
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 powers numerous large-scale, mission-critical web applications across a diverse range of industries and organizations.
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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Cowboy's Followers
38 developers follow Cowboy to keep up with related blogs and decisions.
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