Last Updated on July 18, 2023
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. OpenResty is not an Nginx fork. It is a higher level application and gateway platform using Nginx as a component.
Because most of the Nginx modules are developed by the bundle maintainers, it ensures these modules work well together.
OpenResty is free and open source software.
- Easily build scalable web applications, web services, and dynamic web gateways.
- Effectively turns the Nginx server into a powerful web app server, in which the web developers can use the Lua programming language to script various existing nginx C modules and Lua modules and construct extremely high-performance web applications that are capable to handle 10K ~ 1000K+ connections in a single box.
- Aims to run your server-side web app completely in the Nginx server, leveraging Nginx’s event model to do non-blocking I/O not only with the HTTP clients, but also with remote backends like MySQL, PostgreSQL, Memcached, and Redis.
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