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Apache vs Nginx, is one better than the other?

Date published: April 21st, 2016
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The Apache HTTP Server remains the most popular and widely-used web server today, but we are seeing an increasing level of Nginx deployments.  Nginx (pronounced “engine X”) was released 11 years ago and has had a reputation as a lightweight but highly performant web server.

According to survey data published by Netcraft, Apache comprises 49.90% of HTTP servers with Nginx coming in at 2nd place with 16.03%. Usage growth of Nginx, however, has increased steadily since 2008 when usage was at approximately 2% resulting in an 8-year growth of about 14%. Despite Apache’s current overall strong-hold, its usage has actually dropped by about 10% over the past 15 years.

Plenty of developers and systems administrators might even say Nginx is superior to Apache. If that’s the case, why is Apache still the dominant http server? If Nginx is superior, why not use it instead of Apache?

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