Top 5 Lightweight Web Servers
A web server is computer software that delivers web pages on
request to clients using the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP).
It serves the files that form web pages to web users; the content is in
the form of HTML documents, images, style sheets, and scripts.
Apache is the most popular web server software, implementing
the latest protocols, with an excellent feature set, and it is highly
configurable and extensible. Apache is used by more than
half of all active websites. With very good reason. It is free to use,
the source code is released under an open source license, it is
renowned for its robustness, reliability, security, and
configurability. Apache is well suited for small or huge websites,
offering excellent performance.
However, Apache is not the only capable open source web
are many alternative web servers that offer high-performance, but place
less demands on hardware. Web servers that use less
resources, low memory footprint, and low CPU load are attractive,
enabling inexpensive hardware, such as the Raspberry Pi, to be used as
There is a good range of lightweight web servers released
under an open source license. To provide an insight in the
quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 5
high quality open source lightweight web servers. Hopefully there will
be something of interest here for anyone who wants to run a web server.
Now, let's explore the 5 web servers at hand.
For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full
description with an in-depth analysis of its features, together with
links to relevant resources and reviews.
|Lightweight web servers
||Powerful and efficient web server and reverse proxy
fast, compliant and very flexible web server
||Extremely fast, flexible and embeddable web server
many security features
||Advanced architecture and unique design with many
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