nginx vs. Apache Tomcat vs. lighttpd

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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 Apache Tomcat?

Apache Tomcat powers numerous large-scale, mission-critical web applications across a diverse range of industries and organizations.

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.
Why do developers choose nginx?
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Why do developers choose Apache Tomcat?
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Why do developers choose lighttpd?
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What are the cons of using nginx?
No Cons submitted yet for nginx
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What are the cons of using Apache Tomcat?
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What are the cons of using lighttpd?
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What companies use nginx?
10258 companies on StackShare use nginx
What companies use Apache Tomcat?
724 companies on StackShare use Apache Tomcat
What companies use lighttpd?
17 companies on StackShare use lighttpd
What tools integrate with nginx?
17 tools on StackShare integrate with nginx
What tools integrate with Apache Tomcat?
2 tools on StackShare integrate with Apache Tomcat
What tools integrate with lighttpd?
2 tools on StackShare integrate with lighttpd

What are some alternatives to nginx, Apache Tomcat, and lighttpd?

  • 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
  • Passenger - A fast and robust web server and application server for Ruby, Python and Node.js
  • Unicorn - Rack HTTP server for fast clients and Unix

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