nginx vs. lighttpd vs. Mongoose Web Server

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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 lighttpd?

lighttpd has a very low memory footprint compared to other webservers and takes care of cpu-load. Its advanced feature-set (FastCGI, CGI, Auth, Output-Compression, URL-Rewriting and many more) make lighttpd the perfect webserver-software for every server that suffers load problems.

What is Mongoose Web Server?

Mongoose is built on top of Libmongoose embedded library, which can turn anything into a web server in 5 minutes worth of effort and few lines of code. Libmongoose is used to serve Web GUI on embedded devices, implement RESTful services, RPC frameworks (e.g. JSON-RPC), handle telemetry data exchange, and perform many other tasks in various different industries including aerospace, manufacturing, finance, research, automotive, gaming, IT.
Why do developers choose nginx?
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Why do developers choose lighttpd?
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What are the cons of using nginx?
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What companies use nginx?
10259 companies on StackShare use nginx
What companies use lighttpd?
17 companies on StackShare use lighttpd
What companies use Mongoose Web Server?
2 companies on StackShare use Mongoose Web Server
What tools integrate with nginx?
17 tools on StackShare integrate with nginx
What tools integrate with lighttpd?
2 tools on StackShare integrate with lighttpd
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What are some alternatives to nginx, lighttpd, and Mongoose Web Server?

  • 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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