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Cherokee is an innovative, feature rich, flexible and yet easy to configure, lightweight open source web server. It is implemented entirely in C, and has no dependencies beyond a standard C library.

Cherokee is an extremely fast, flexible and embeddable web server.

Cherokee is very light, completely modular and it can be tailored to your specific needs. It is multi-platform, offering native performance for Linux, Unix, and Windows operating systems.

 Cherokee 1.2.103

Free to download



Alvaro Lopez Ortega


System Requirements
Python (needed for the administration web interface)

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Features include:

  • Cherokee-Admin, a powerful Web interface
  • Low memory footprint
  • TLS and SSL
  • Virtual servers
  • URL rewriting and redirections supporting regular expressions
  • Authentication via htdigest, htpasswd, LDAP, MySQL, PAM, plain, and fixed list
  • Reverse HTTP proxy - dispatches in-bound network traffic to a set of servers, and presents a single interface to the requesters
  • HTTP load balancing
  • Traffic shaping
  • Built-in support for efficient caching mechanisms
  • Custom and Apache compatible log format
  • Ability to launch web applications on demand
  • Audio/video streaming:
    • Automatic Traffic Shaping
    • Seeking support
  • On the fly gzip and deflate compressions
  • Resilient to the 10,000 simultaneous connections barrier
  • Server Side Includes (SSI)
  • CGI
  • FastCGI
  • SCGI
  • uWSGI support
  • LDAP
  • chroot support
  • RRDtool statistics
  • Database bridging and sharding (DBSlayer-like, DBSlayer is a database abstraction and pooling layer designed to be simple to use)
  • Graphical configuration interface
  • Point & click deployments through an application market
  • Deploy Web Apps
  • Cherokee-Tweak - rotate the logs with no downtime
  • Zero Downtime Updates
  • Generate temporal URLs to serve hidden files
  • X-Sendfile is a special, non-standard HTTP header that has been supported by Cherokee for a while
  • Configuration wizards
  • Slowloris resilient
  • Advanced template subsystem used for both the Advanced Virtual Hosting module and the Custom logger
  • Internationalization support: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Swedish, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese Simplified, Catalan, Galician

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