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OpenResty vs Apache Tomcat: What are the differences?

What is OpenResty? Turning Nginx into a Full-fledged Web App Server. 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.

What is Apache Tomcat? 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.

OpenResty and Apache Tomcat can be primarily classified as "Web Servers" tools.

OpenResty and Apache Tomcat are both open source tools. OpenResty with 7.06K GitHub stars and 978 forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Apache Tomcat with 3.44K GitHub stars and 2.36K GitHub forks.

MIT, Zillow, and Bodybuilding.com are some of the popular companies that use Apache Tomcat, whereas OpenResty is used by Shopify, Kong, and Pagar.me. Apache Tomcat has a broader approval, being mentioned in 562 company stacks & 419 developers stacks; compared to OpenResty, which is listed in 37 company stacks and 4 developer stacks.

Decisions about OpenResty and Apache Tomcat

I was in a situation where I have to configure 40 RHEL servers 20 each for Apache HTTP Server and Tomcat server. My task was to 1. configure LVM with required logical volumes, format and mount for HTTP and Tomcat servers accordingly. 2. Install apache and tomcat. 3. Generate and apply selfsigned certs to http server. 4. Modify default ports on Tomcat to different ports. 5. Create users on RHEL for application support team. 6. other administrative tasks like, start, stop and restart HTTP and Tomcat services.

I have utilized the power of ansible for all these tasks, which made it easy and manageable.

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    What is 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.

    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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