Web Server Tools

Browse the tools available to address the Web Server concept in your next programming project.

  • Apache HTTP Server

    Apache HTTP Server is a free and open-source web server software. It is the most popular web server software on the internet.
  • Apache TomEE

    Apache TomEE is an enterprise-ready web profile of Apache Tomcat that combines several Java enterprise projects including Apache OpenEJB, Apache OpenWebBeans, Apache OpenJPA, and more. It is designed to provide a complete Java EE stack that is both easy to use and easy to integrate.
  • Caddy

    Caddy is a powerful, enterprise-ready, open-source web server with automatic HTTPS written in Go. It is easy to use, includes many features out-of-the-box, and can be extended with plugins.
  • Cherokee

    Cherokee is a flexible, very fast, lightweight and easy to configure Web Server. It supports the widespread technologies nowadays: FastCGI, SCGI, PHP, CGI, uWSGI, SSI, TLS and SSL encrypted connections, Virtual hosts, Authentication, on the fly encoding, Apache compatible log files, and much more.
  • Gunicorn

    Gunicorn 'Green Unicorn' is a Python WSGI HTTP Server for UNIX. It's a pre-fork worker model.
  • G-WAN

    G-WAN is a Web application server and a Web server that provides native support for multithreading, full IPv6 support, and an architecture designed for performance and scalability.
  • Hiawatha

    Hiawatha is a lightweight, open-source web server with security features built-in. It is known for its ease of use and high performance.
  • HTTP::Server::Simple

    HTTP::Server::Simple is a Perl module that provides a simple way to build HTTP servers that can handle HTTP requests and generate HTTP responses.
  • IIS Express

    IIS Express is a lightweight, self-contained version of IIS optimized for developers. It is primarily used to test web pages and applications on local environments before publishing them to web servers.
  • Internet Information Services

    Internet Information Services (IIS) for Windows® Server is a flexible, secure and manageable Web server for hosting anything on the Web.
  • Jetty

    Jetty is a Java-based HTTP/2 web server and servlet container. It is often used for embedding Jetty in other applications.
  • Jexus

    Jexus is a .NET web server that can run on Windows and Linux platforms. It supports multiple sites and virtual directories, SSL/TLS, and load balancing.
  • Kestrel

    Kestrel is a cross-platform web server for ASP.NET Core. It is the default web server for ASP.NET Core applications.
  • Lighttpd

    Lighttpd (pronounced "lighty") is a free, open-source web server designed for speed, simplicity, and security.
  • Mongoose

    Mongoose is a networking library and web server written in C language and focused on speed, memory efficiency, and ease of use.
  • Nginx

    Nginx is a free, open-source, high-performance HTTP server and reverse proxy, as well as an IMAP/POP3 proxy server.
  • OpenLiteSpeed

    OpenLiteSpeed is a free, open-source, and lightweight HTTP server developed by LiteSpeed Technologies. It is designed to be a drop-in replacement for Apache web server and provides a high-performance and scalable web serving solution.
  • Puma

    Puma is a multi-threaded Ruby web server built for concurrency and speed. It is designed to be fast and small.
  • Resin

    Resin.io is an open platform for developers to build, deploy, and manage containerized applications for IoT devices.
  • SimpleHTTPServer

    SimpleHTTPServer is a module built into Python that allows you to run a basic web server with just a few lines of code.
  • Tengine

    Tengine is a web server originated by Taobao, the largest e-commerce website in Asia. It is based on the Nginx HTTP server and has many advanced features.
  • Tomcat

    Apache Tomcat is an open source implementation of the Java Servlet, JavaServer Pages, Java Unified Expression Language, Java WebSocket and Java Authentication Service Provider Interface for Containers technologies. It is widely deployed and powers various mission-critical web applications around the world.
  • Unicorn

    Unicorn is an HTTP server for Rack applications designed to only serve fast clients on low-latency, high-bandwidth connections and take advantage of features in Unix/Unix-like kernels.
  • WildFly

    WildFly, formerly known as JBoss AS, or simply JBoss, is an application server authored by JBoss, now developed by Red Hat.

#What is Web Server?

In software development, a Web Server is a program that runs on a computer and accepts requests from clients over the internet, then responds with resources such as web pages, images, or other content. The server receives requests through the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) and responds with data that can be displayed in a web browser. Web servers are essential components of the internet and allow users to access content on websites from anywhere in the world. They provide the infrastructure necessary for web applications to function, including processing requests and returning responses, handling authentication and security, and managing data storage. Some common features of web servers include support for multiple programming languages, caching and compression of data to improve performance, and the ability to handle large volumes of traffic.

#Web Server usage benefits

Here are six benefits of using a Web Server in software development:

  • Scalability: Web servers can handle a large number of requests simultaneously, making them ideal for applications that require high scalability.
  • Security: Web servers can be configured to provide secure communication channels through encryption and authentication, protecting sensitive data.
  • Platform independence: Web servers can be run on multiple platforms and operating systems, allowing developers to deploy applications on a wide range of devices.
  • Performance optimization: Web servers can optimize the performance of web applications by caching frequently used data and compressing files to reduce download times.
  • Load balancing: Web servers can distribute incoming requests across multiple servers to improve performance and avoid downtime due to server overload.
  • Monitoring and management: Web servers typically include tools for monitoring and managing server resources, allowing developers to detect and resolve issues quickly.

#Web Server comparison criteria

Here is a list of comparison criteria for Web Server tools in software development:

  • Performance and scalability
  • Security features
  • Supported operating systems
  • Supported programming languages
  • Supported web servers and protocols
  • Ease of installation and setup
  • Configuration options and customization capabilities
  • Integration with other tools and frameworks
  • Logging and error handling capabilities
  • Built-in monitoring and metrics collection
  • Extensibility and plugin support
  • Community support and documentation
  • Licensing and pricing models
  • Backward compatibility with previous versions
  • Reliability and stability
  • Support for load balancing and clustering
  • Caching mechanisms and optimization features
  • Support for SSL and HTTPS
  • Compatibility with different web browsers and mobile devices
  • Support for different content types (e.g. static, dynamic, multimedia)

#Web Server Summary

Web Server is a critical component of web applications that provides the infrastructure necessary for processing client requests and returning responses. Using a web server can provide a range of benefits, including scalability, security, platform independence, performance optimization, load balancing, and monitoring and management tools.

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