Cowboy vs nginx: What are the differences?
Developers describe Cowboy as "Small, fast, modular HTTP server written in Erlang". 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. On the other hand, nginx is detailed 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.
Cowboy and nginx belong to "Web Servers" category of the tech stack.
"Websockets integration" is the top reason why over 6 developers like Cowboy, while over 1437 developers mention "High-performance http server" as the leading cause for choosing nginx.
Cowboy and nginx are both open source tools. It seems that nginx with 9K GitHub stars and 3.41K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Cowboy with 5.57K GitHub stars and 997 GitHub forks.
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