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Advice on Apache HTTP Server, lighttpd, and NGINX

I am diving into web development, both front and back end. I feel comfortable with administration, scripting and moderate coding in bash, Python and C++, but I am also a Windows fan (i love inner conflict). What are the votes on web servers? IIS is expensive and restrictive (has Windows adoption of open source changed this?) Apache has the history but seems to be at the root of most of my Infosec issues, and I know nothing about nginx (is it too new to rely on?). And no, I don't know what I want to do on the web explicitly, but hosting and data storage (both cloud and tape) are possibilities. Ready, aim fire!

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Simon Aronsson
Developer Advocate at k6 / Load Impact | 3 upvotes 路 146.1K views
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NGINX

I would pick nginx over both IIS and Apace HTTP Server any day. Combine it with docker, and as you grow maybe even traefik, and you'll have a really flexible solution for serving http content where you can take sites and projects up and down without effort, easily move it between systems and dont have to handle any dependencies on your actual local machine.

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From a StackShare Community member: "We are a LAMP shop currently focused on improving web performance for our customers. We have made many front-end optimizations and now we are considering replacing Apache with nginx. I was wondering if others saw a noticeable performance gain or any other benefits by switching."

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NGINX

I use nginx because it is very light weight. Where Apache tries to include everything in the web server, nginx opts to have external programs/facilities take care of that so the web server can focus on efficiently serving web pages. While this can seem inefficient, it limits the number of new bugs found in the web server, which is the element that faces the client most directly.

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Leandro Barral
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NGINX

I use nginx because its more flexible and easy to configure

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Christian Cwienk
Software Developer at SAP | 1 upvotes 路 138.9K views

I use Apache HTTP Server because it's intuitive, comprehensive, well-documented, and just works

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Decisions about Apache HTTP Server, lighttpd, and NGINX
Daniel Calvo
Co-Founder at Polpo Data Analytics & Software Development | 5 upvotes 路 6.6K views

For us, NGINX is a lite HTTP server easy to configure. On our research, we found a well-documented software we a lot of support from the community.

We have been using it alongside tools like certbot and it has been a total success.

We can easily configure our sites and have a folder for available vs enabled sites, and with the nginx -t command we can easily check everything is running fine.

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Grant Steuart
  • Server rendered HTML output from PHP is being migrated to the client as Vue.js components, future plans to provide additional content, and other new miscellaneous features all result in a substantial increase of static files needing to be served from the server. NGINX has better performance than Apache for serving static content.
  • The change to NGINX will require switching from PHP to PHP-FPM resulting in a distributed architecture with a higher complexity configuration, but this is outweighed by PHP-FPM being faster than PHP for processing requests.
  • The NGINX + PHP-FPM setup now allows for horizontally scaling of resources rather vertically scaling the previously combined Apache + PHP resources.
  • PHP shell tasks can now efficiently be decoupled from the application reducing main application footprint and allow for scaling of tasks on an individual basis.
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I was in a situation where I have to configure 40 RHEL servers 20 each for Apache HTTP Server and Tomcat server. My task was to 1. configure LVM with required logical volumes, format and mount for HTTP and Tomcat servers accordingly. 2. Install apache and tomcat. 3. Generate and apply selfsigned certs to http server. 4. Modify default ports on Tomcat to different ports. 5. Create users on RHEL for application support team. 6. other administrative tasks like, start, stop and restart HTTP and Tomcat services.

I have utilized the power of ansible for all these tasks, which made it easy and manageable.

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Pros of Apache HTTP Server
Pros of lighttpd
Pros of NGINX
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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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    Many available modules
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    Lightweight
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    Easy setup
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    Simplicity
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    Full featured
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    Open source
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    Virtal hosting
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    Security
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    Ssl support
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    Available modules
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    Fast
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    Proxy
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    High-performance http server
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    Performance
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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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    Ingress controller
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    Along with Redis Cache its the Most superior
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    What is 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.

    What is lighttpd?

    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.

    What is 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.

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    What are some alternatives to Apache HTTP Server, lighttpd, and NGINX?
    Apache Tomcat
    Apache Tomcat powers numerous large-scale, mission-critical web applications across a diverse range of industries and organizations.
    JBoss
    An application platform for hosting your apps that provides an innovative modular, cloud-ready architecture, powerful management and automation, and world class developer productivity.
    Jetty
    Jetty is used in a wide variety of projects and products, both in development and production. Jetty can be easily embedded in devices, tools, frameworks, application servers, and clusters. See the Jetty Powered page for more uses of Jetty.
    XAMPP
    It consists mainly of the Apache HTTP Server, MariaDB database, and interpreters for scripts written in the PHP and Perl programming languages.
    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.
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    How developers use Apache HTTP Server, lighttpd, and NGINX
    MaxCDN uses
    NGINX

    The original API performed a synchronous Nginx reload after provisioning a zone, which often took up to 30 seconds or longer. While important, this step shouldn鈥檛 block the response to the user (or API) that a new zone has been created, or block subsequent requests to adjust the zone. With the new API, an independent worker reloads Nginx configurations based on zone modifications.It鈥檚 like ordering a product online: don鈥檛 pause the purchase process until the product鈥檚 been shipped. Say the order has been created, and you can still cancel or modify shipping information. Meanwhile, the remaining steps are being handled behind the scenes. In our case, the zone provision happens instantly, and you can see the result in your control panel or API. Behind the scenes, the zone will be serving traffic within a minute.

    Cloudcraft uses
    NGINX

    Nginx serves as the loadbalancer, router and SSL terminator of cloudcraft.co. As one of our app server nodes is spun up, an Ansible orchestration script adds the new node dynamically to the nginx loadbalancer config which is then reloaded for a zero downtime seamless rolling deployment. By putting nginx in front or whatever web and API servers you might have, you gain a ton of flexibility. While previously I've cobbled together HAProxy and Stun as a poor man's loadbalancer, nginx just does a much better job and is far simpler in the long run.

    datapile uses
    NGINX

    Used nginx as exactly what it is great for: serving static content in a cache-friendly, load balanced manner.

    It is exclusively for production web page hosting, we don't use nginx internally, only on the public-facing versions of static sites / Angular & Backbone/Marionette applications.

    SIA Monkey See Monkey Do uses
    NGINX

    We use NGINX both as reverse HTTP proxy and also as a SMTP proxy, to handle incoming email.

    We previously handled incoming email with Mandrill, and then later with AWS SES. Handling incoming email yourself is not that much more difficult and saves quite a bit on operational costs.

    Wirkn Inc. uses
    NGINX

    NGINX sits in front of all of our web servers. It is fantastic at load balancing traffic as well as serving as a cache at times when under massive load. It's a robust tool that we're happy to have at the front lines of all Wirkn web apps.

    Climate CoLab uses
    Apache HTTP Server

    We use httpd in front of our Tomcat web server. Apache terminates the TLS connections and forwards to the embedded Tomcat server(s) for request processing. We also use it as load balancer for multi-server deployments.

    eXon Technologies uses
    Apache HTTP Server

    Most known webserver. We are using Apache due to his htaccess feature but its just a backedn to proccess PHP. In font of Apache we are using NGINX to server static files

    The Independent uses
    Apache HTTP Server

    Apache splits static traffic from application traffic, as well as providing a selection of tools to assist in running of the site (rewrites, logging etc).

    Suburban Express uses
    Apache HTTP Server

    Primary web server, delivers PHP-rendered pages as well as static HTML content. Ruby CGIs deliver objects to browser-side code using REST/JSON

    SAP Hybris uses
    Apache HTTP Server

    modproxybalancer provides highly concurrent end-user browser connections, and manages session routing to the application cluster

    Jan Hoekstra uses
    lighttpd

    Lightweight with built-in support for CGI scripts.