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lighttpd vs Unicorn: What are the differences?

What is lighttpd? A secure, fast, compliant, and very flexible web-server that has been optimized for high-performance environments. 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 Unicorn? Rack HTTP server for fast clients and Unix. Unicorn is an HTTP server for Rack applications designed to only serve fast clients on low-latency, high-bandwidth connections and take advantage of features in Unix/Unix-like kernels. Slow clients should only be served by placing a reverse proxy capable of fully buffering both the the request and response in between Unicorn and slow clients.

lighttpd and Unicorn belong to "Web Servers" category of the tech stack.

"Lightweight" is the primary reason why developers consider lighttpd over the competitors, whereas "Fast" was stated as the key factor in picking Unicorn.

Unicorn is an open source tool with 1.35K GitHub stars and 249 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Unicorn's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Unicorn has a broader approval, being mentioned in 176 company stacks & 55 developers stacks; compared to lighttpd, which is listed in 15 company stacks and 4 developer stacks.

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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 Unicorn?

Unicorn is an HTTP server for Rack applications designed to only serve fast clients on low-latency, high-bandwidth connections and take advantage of features in Unix/Unix-like kernels. Slow clients should only be served by placing a reverse proxy capable of fully buffering both the the request and response in between Unicorn and slow clients.
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      What are some alternatives to lighttpd and Unicorn?
      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.
      Apache Tomcat
      Apache Tomcat powers numerous large-scale, mission-critical web applications across a diverse range of industries and organizations.
      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.
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      How developers use lighttpd and Unicorn
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      SmartLogic uses UnicornUnicorn

      Rolling deploys are awesome! We use Unicorn to keep downtime to a minimum as we iterate quickly for our clients.

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      Avalanche Network uses UnicornUnicorn

      Our super server that runs a web instance and a worker instance.

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      Jan Hoekstra uses lighttpdlighttpd

      Lightweight with built-in support for CGI scripts.

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      douglasresende uses UnicornUnicorn

      I use with my Ruby on Rails projects.

      Avatar of Karma
      Karma uses UnicornUnicorn

      Our go-to Ruby application server.

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