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nginx is a free, lightweight, open-source, very powerful and efficient web server and reverse proxy. It uses a scalable event-driven (asynchronous) architecture in contrast to a threaded or process-oriented approach to handling requests. This architecture uses small, but more importantly, predictable amounts of memory under load.

This server can be used as standalone HTTP server and as a reverse proxy server before some Apache or another big server to reduce load to backend servers by many concurrent HTTP-sessions.

nginx now hosts nearly 7.50% (20.5M) of all domains worldwide. It can also act as a POP3/IMAP mail proxy with SSL and TLS SNI support.

 nginx 1.7.7

Free to download



Igor Sysoev


System Requirements
libpcre3 7.7 or higher
libssl 0.9.8
zlib1g 1.1.4 or higher
lsb-base 3.2 or higher

Wiki, FAQ, Forums, Mailing Lists, Basic Nginx Configuration, Homepage (in Russian)

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Features include:

  • Handling of static files, index files, and auto-indexing
  • Accelerated reverse proxy with caching
  • Simple load balancing
  • Fault tolerance
  • Accelerated support with caching of remote FastCGI servers; simple load balancing and fault tolerance
  • Modular architecture. Filters include gzipping, byte ranges, chunked responses, XSLT, SSI, and image resizing filter. Multiple SSI inclusions within a single page can be processed in parallel if they are handled by FastCGI or proxied servers
  • SSL and TLS SNI support
  • Name-based and IP-based virtual servers
  • Keep-alive and pipelined connections support
  • Flexible configuration
  • Reconfiguration and online upgrade without interruption of the client processing
  • Access log formats, bufferred log writing, and quick log rotation
  • 3xx-5xx error codes redirection
  • The rewrite module
  • Access control based on client IP address and HTTP Basic authentication
  • The PUT, DELETE, MKCOL, COPY and MOVE methods
  • FLV streaming
  • MP4 streaming
  • Speed limitation
  • Limitation of simultaneous connections or requests from one address
  • Embedded Perl
  • WebDAV
  • Keepalive connections may be closed prematurely
  • Support for keepalive connections to upstream servers
  • Consolidation of multiple simultaneous requests to upstream servers if caching is used 
  • Support for multiple request and connection limits used simultaneously
  • Reduced memory consumption in various edge cases like handling of long-lived requests

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