Newbies What Next ? News Forums Calendar


News Sections
General News (3987/0)
Reviews (636/0)
Press Releases (465/0)
Distributions (194/0)
Software (902/1)
Hardware (537/0)
Security (192/0)
Tutorials (356/0)
Off Topic (181/0)

User Functions


Don't have an account yet? Sign up as a New User

There are no upcoming events



lighttpd (pronounced lighty) is a secure, fast, compliant and very flexible open source web server which has been optimized for speed-critical environments. It has a very low memory footprint compared to other web servers and takes care of cpu-load.

Its advanced feature-set (FastCGI, CGI, Auth, Output-Compression, URL-Rewriting and many more) make lighttpd a suitable web server software for every server that has load problems, or for serving static media separately from dynamic content.

lighttpd supports the FastCGI, SCGI and CGI interfaces to external programs, permitting web applications written in any programming language to be used with the server.

As a particularly popular language, PHP performance has received special attention. Lighttpd's FastCGI can be configured to support PHP with opcode caches (like APC) properly and efficiently. Additionally, it has received attention from its popularity within the Python, Perl, Ruby and Lua communities.

Lighttpd also supports WebDNA, a server-side scripting, interpreted language with an embedded database system, specifically designed for the web. It is a popular web server for the Catalyst and Ruby on Rails web frameworks.

lighttpd powers several popular Web 2.0 sites including YouTube, wikipedia and meebo. Its high speed io-infrastructure allows them to scale several times better with the same hardware than with alternative web servers.

 lighttpd 1.4.35

Free to download


BSD license

Lighttpd Developers


System Requirements

Blog, Wiki, Forums

Selected Reviews:,

Features include:

  • HTTP/1.0
  • HTTP/1.1
    • Ranges (start-end, start-, -end, multiple ranges)
    • HTTP/1.0 Keep-Alive + HTTP/1.1 persistent Connections
    • Methods: GET, HEAD, POST
    • Last-Modified + If-Modified handling
    • Sends Content-Length if possible
    • Sends Transfer-Encoding: chunk, if Content-Length is not possible
    • Sends Content-Type
    • On-the-fly output compression (deflate, gzip)
    • Authentication: basic and digest
  • HTTP
  • CGI/1.1
  • FastCGI
    • Parses the Response-header and completes the HTTP-header accordingly
    • Keep-Alive handling based on Content-Length header
  • Load balancing FastCGI, SCGI and HTTP proxy support (one webserver distributes requests to multiple PHP-servers via FastCGI))
  • chroot support
  • select()-/poll()-/epoll() based web server
  • Support for more efficient event notification schemes like kqueue and epoll
  • Conditional rewrites (mod_rewrite)
  • TLS/SSL with SNI support, via OpenSSL
  • Directory listings
  • Authentication against an LDAP server
  • RRDtool statistics
  • Rule-based downloading with possibility of a script handling only authentication
  • Server Side Includes support (but not server-side CGI)
  • Flexible virtual hosting
  • Modules support
  • Cache Meta Language (currently being replaced by mod_magnet) using the Lua programming language
  • Minimal WebDAV support
  • Servlet (AJP) support
  • HTTP compression using mod_compress and the newer mod_deflate
  • URL-Rewriting
  • HTTP-Redirection
  • Output-compression with transparent caching
  • Light-weight (less than 1 MB)
  • Single-process design with only several threads. No processes or threads started per connection
  • Custom error pages (for Response-Code 400-599)
  • PHP support:
    • Same speed as or faster than Apache + mod_php4
    • Handles various PHP bugs in the FastCGI SAPI
    • Includes a utility to spawn FastCGI processes

Return to Lightweight Web Servers Home Page

Bookmark and Share

Last Updated Sunday, November 09 2014 @ 07:28 AM EST

We have written a range of guides highlighting excellent free books for popular programming languages. Check out the following guides: C, C++, C#, Java, JavaScript, CoffeeScript, HTML, Python, Ruby, Perl, Haskell, PHP, Lisp, R, Prolog, Scala, Scheme, Forth, SQL, Node.js (new), Fortran (new), Erlang (new), Pascal (new), and Ada (new).

Group Tests
All Group Tests

Top Free Software
5 Office Suites
7 Document Processors
6 Lean Desktops
6 Desktop Search
9 Project Management
9 Groupware Apps
14 File Managers
10 Databases
21 Backup Tools
21 DVD Tools
21 Window Managers
21 Productivity Tools
9 Terminal Emulators
21 Financial Tools
21 Text Editors
21 Video Emulators
21 Home Emulators
42 Graphics Apps
6 CAD Apps
42 Scientific Apps
10 Web Browsers
42 Email Apps
12 Instant Messaging
10 IRC Clients
7 Twitter Clients
12 News Aggregators
11 VoIP Apps
11 Remote Display Apps
42 Best Games
42 More Games
21 More Games
21 Notable Games (1)
21 Notable Games (2)
21 Notable Games (3)
8 ASCII Games
9 Educational Games
42 Audio Apps
42 Video Apps
6 Screencasting Apps
80 Security Apps
9 System Monitoring
6 Family History Apps
11 PDF Tools
6 Music Servers
6 Collection Managers
7 Calculator Apps
8 Geometry Apps
Free Console Apps
14 Multimedia
8 Compilers
9 IDEs
9 Debuggers
7 Revision Control Apps
6 Doc Generators
'Free' Proprietary
21 Closed-Source Apps
Top Commercial Apps
42 Games
Free Web Software
21 Web CMS
14 Wiki Engines
8 Blog Apps
6 eCommerce Apps
5 Human Resource Apps
10 ERP
10 CRM
6 Data Warehouse Apps
8 Business Intelligence
6 Point-of-Sale

All Group Tests

Other Articles
Migrating from Windows
Back up your data
Distribution Guide
Distro Portal Pages
20 Free Linux Books
Running Linux Under Windows

Older Stories
Wednesday 01/14
  • Why Mac users don’t switch to Linux (0)
  • MIPS Creator CI20 review (0)

  • Tuesday 01/13
  • Getting a Time Without NTP (0)

  • Monday 01/12
  • CES 2015: Intel announces 9 Compute Stick which runs Windows and Linux (0)
  • Firefox OS-Powered Smart TVs Coming Soon, Says Panasonic (0)
  • ‘Linux Advocates’ Throws in the Towel (0)

  • Sunday 01/11
  • 14 Excellent Free LaTeX Books (0)

  • Monday 01/05
  • 2015: Open Source Has Won, But It Isn't Finished (0)

  • Sunday 01/04
  • 5 Top Free TeX Books (0)

  • Thursday 01/01
  • OpenELEC lightweight Linux adds Kodi 14 support (0)

  • Vote

    What Linux distribution do you run on your main computer?

    444 votes | 3 comments

    Built with GeekLog and phpBB
    Comments to the webmaster are welcome
    Copyright 2009 - All rights reserved