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Cowboy vs Apache Tomcat: 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, Apache Tomcat is detailed as "An open source software implementation of the Java Servlet and JavaServer Pages technologies". Apache Tomcat powers numerous large-scale, mission-critical web applications across a diverse range of industries and organizations.

Cowboy and Apache Tomcat can be categorized as "Web Servers" tools.

"Websockets integration" is the primary reason why developers consider Cowboy over the competitors, whereas "Easy" was stated as the key factor in picking Apache Tomcat.

Cowboy and Apache Tomcat are both open source tools. It seems that Cowboy with 5.59K GitHub stars and 999 forks on GitHub has more adoption than Apache Tomcat with 3.51K GitHub stars and 2.4K GitHub forks.

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.

What is Apache Tomcat?

Apache Tomcat powers numerous large-scale, mission-critical web applications across a diverse range of industries and organizations.
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        What are some alternatives to Cowboy and Apache Tomcat?
        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.
        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.
        OpenResty
        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.
        LiteSpeed
        It is a drop-in Apache replacement and the leading high-performance, high-scalability server. You can replace your existing Apache server with it without changing your configuration or operating system details. As a drop-in replacement, it allows you to quickly eliminate Apache bottlenecks in 15 minutes with zero downtime.
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        How developers use Cowboy and Apache Tomcat
        Avatar of Promethean TV
        Promethean TV uses Apache TomcatApache Tomcat

        Apache Tomcat is part of the open source Ant Media Server platform that currently provides both LIVE and VOD video trans-coding and delivery features for the Promethean Platform.

        Avatar of Kingsley Victor
        Kingsley Victor uses Apache TomcatApache Tomcat

        I use Tomcat to run Java enterprise web apps. Used to test enterprise applications mostly written using the Spring framework

        Avatar of Cian Ó Cuinneagáin
        Cian Ó Cuinneagáin uses Apache TomcatApache Tomcat

        Use this as the application server running on our production and development environment. Hosted on AWS.

        Avatar of The Independent
        The Independent uses Apache TomcatApache Tomcat

        Tomcat provides a fantastic application container that runs the majority of services of the site.

        Avatar of simpleshow GmbH
        simpleshow GmbH uses Apache TomcatApache Tomcat

        Apache Tomcat is being used as our application server for spring-based backend applications.

        Avatar of Mathias Vonende
        Mathias Vonende uses CowboyCowboy

        Application/http-server for everything except static data.

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