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Apache HTTP Server vs Wildfly: What are the differences?

Apache HTTP Server: The most popular web server on the Internet since April 1996. 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; Wildfly: A Java EE8 Application Server. It is a flexible, lightweight, managed application runtime that helps you build amazing applications. It supports the latest standards for web development.

Apache HTTP Server and Wildfly belong to "Web Servers" category of the tech stack.

Apache HTTP Server is an open source tool with 2.21K GitHub stars and 657 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Apache HTTP Server's open source repository on GitHub.

Slack, MIT, and Intuit are some of the popular companies that use Apache HTTP Server, whereas Wildfly is used by Sweazer, STYLIGHT, and PouchNATION. Apache HTTP Server has a broader approval, being mentioned in 6193 company stacks & 1070 developers stacks; compared to Wildfly, which is listed in 12 company stacks and 5 developer stacks.

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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 · | 4 upvotes · 205.3K views

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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Apache HTTP Server

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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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

I use nginx because its more flexible and easy to configure

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Christian Cwienk
Software Developer at SAP · | 1 upvotes · 194.8K 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 and Wildfly

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
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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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    Ssl support
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    Since 1996
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    Proven over many years
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    Perfect Support
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    Many available modules
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    Many available modules
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    Eclipse integration

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Cons of Apache HTTP Server
Cons of Wildfly
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    Hard to set up
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