nginx vs. Jetty vs. Cowboy

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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.

What is 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.

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.

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Why do developers choose nginx?
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Why do developers choose Jetty?
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Why do developers choose Cowboy?
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What are the cons of using nginx?
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What are the cons of using Cowboy?
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How much does nginx cost?
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What companies use nginx?
10135 companies on StackShare use nginx
What companies use Jetty?
80 companies on StackShare use Jetty
What companies use Cowboy?
12 companies on StackShare use Cowboy
What tools integrate with nginx?
17 tools on StackShare integrate with nginx
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What are some alternatives to nginx, Jetty, and Cowboy?

  • Apache HTTP Server - Apache httpd has been the most popular web server on the Internet since April 1996
  • Microsoft IIS - Internet Information Services is a web server for Microsoft Windows
  • Apache Tomcat - An open source software implementation of the Java Servlet and JavaServer Pages technologies
  • Passenger - A fast and robust web server and application server for Ruby, Python and Node.js

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