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Sarin RajMay 20, 2019


We know that there has been explosive growth in the volume of traffic and the number of users on the World Wide Web. As we know a web server is a program that store web contents. It sending files and data to clients for the requested URL. That is when client send a request for a web page the web server search for the web page on the server and if it is found it will sent to client with an HTTP reply other wise it shows an error response. Let's see the difference between NGINX VS APPACHE.

A web server that control how web users access the server hosted files and it display the website content. Moreover. when a server sends its hosted files to web browser it calls static web server and when the application server updates the hosted files before sending to web browser is called dynamic web server.

In there are many different types of web servers Nginx, Apache, IIS, Lite speed are few of them. The Apache and nginx are the two most popular open source web servers today. This blog explains the  difference between NGINX VS APPACHE WEB SERVER.


APACHE WEB SERVERIt was first launched in 1995 and it was the backbone of the first generation of the World Wide Web. APACHE WEB SERVER, the most widely used web server developed by Apache Software Foundation. It is most often seen running on Linux but also it can deploy on any of the operating system. It is easily handle because of the simplicity in Apache's architectural model. Linux, Apache, MYSQL, PHP are the popular web stack of now a days and Apache is a web server component of it. Processes, Event and Worker model are the three main Multi-Processing Modules of Apache web server.

Process model is the a pre-fork method it consumes a lot of RAM and refuse connections of high loads. The worker model which create a single control process that is responsible for launching child process. The child process then creates a fixed number of threads. And the Event model is similar to worker model, Which creates one listener thread which licens for connections and passes them to a worker thread for processing.

It is stable than other web servers so easy to solve administrative issues. It has modules which add more functions to software like MPM for enabling SSLv3 and TSL support. External extension module, mod_zip are the compression methods of Apache which reduces the size of web pages served over HTTP. Apache logs can analysed through by using free scripts such as AWStats/w3perl or Visitors.

Other features

  • Multiple request processing
  • .htaccess support
  • Name and ip address based virtual server
  • ipv6 compatible]
  • concurrent connection limiting

NGINXnginx web server

The nginx software was created by Igor Sysoev and first publicly released in 2004. A company of the same name, founded in 2011 to provide support and develop Nginx plus an enterprise software. Further, Nginx Plus was solve the speed limitations in web applications and platforms.

nginx started to overcome the limitations of Apache web servers.

It was open sourced in October 2004 it handle greater volume of network traffic. In nginx each worker process can handle thousands of HTTP connections simultaneously. In addition, with the use of nginx where a server has to reach 10000 client connections all at the same time, this can be done by its event-driven architecture. Also It provides many features such as a reverse proxy server for the HTTP, HTTPS, SMTP, POP3, IMAP protocols, load balancer and an HTTP cache. And also it offers a front end proxy for Apache and other web servers.

NGINX offers support for FastCGI and SCGI handlers to serve dynamic content scripts like PHP and Python. It uses the LEMP stack: a variation of LAMP using the phonetic spelling of NGINX (Linux, “En-juhn-ex,” MySQL, PHP).

Other features

  • Handling of static files, indexing files
  • ipv6 compatible
  • URL rewriting
  • TLS/SSL support


In short, based on the benchmark test running up thousand concurrent connections NGINX is about 2.5 times faster than Apache. The Apache runs in all UNIX and Windows operating system. also nginx runs on different Unix and windows but comparatively the performance on windows is not strong. Nginx worker process can manage thousands of concurrent connections. Apache became the backbone of the WWW (World Wide Web), it was really on the top of the game, but when NGINX comes in the business, the server administrator's choice was changed.

Apache and NGINX are two major players in the web server business spanning 5 percent of web traffic over the internet, but they are different from each other.Both the web servers are good and which completes with each other in most areas. But comparatively nginx has some advanced features like media, streaming, reverse proxying for non-http protocol. If we need to manage a high traffic website Nginx is an excellent choice if for small and medium players Apache comes with a handful of advantage over nginx. Hope you understood the difference between NGINX and APPACHE very well.


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