Like a lot of the most established web servers Lighttpd has been around a long time – in fact, Lighttpd rolled out in March 2003. Currently Lighttpd is behind about 0.1% of websites, and you can get a hold of Lighttpd via the BSD license as Lighttpd is distributed under BSD licensing conditions.

Even though Lighttpd powers only 0.1% of sites it does have its advantages: Lighttpd has a very low memory footprint and uses little in terms of CPU resources – Lighttpd is really optimised for speed. Like NGINX Lighttpd is also event-driven in the way it is built and can also cope with a large number of connections occurring in parallel.

Lighttpd also supports a range of additional features including Auth, output compression as well as the rewriting of URLs plus SCGI and FastCGI. Lighttpd has its use cases and is particularly popular with Ruby on Rails developers and with those using the Catalyst framework.

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