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Gunicorn vs Microsoft IIS: What are the differences?

Developers describe Gunicorn as "A Python WSGI HTTP Server for UNIX". Gunicorn is a pre-fork worker model ported from Ruby's Unicorn project. The Gunicorn server is broadly compatible with various web frameworks, simply implemented, light on server resources, and fairly speedy. On the other hand, Microsoft IIS is detailed as "A web server for Microsoft Windows". 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.

Gunicorn and Microsoft IIS can be categorized as "Web Servers" tools.

"Python" is the primary reason why developers consider Gunicorn over the competitors, whereas "Great with .net" was stated as the key factor in picking Microsoft IIS.

Gunicorn is an open source tool with 5.96K GitHub stars and 1.12K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Gunicorn's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Microsoft IIS has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1498 company stacks & 312 developers stacks; compared to Gunicorn, which is listed in 184 company stacks and 51 developer stacks.

Advice on Gunicorn and Microsoft IIS

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 · 164.2K 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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