lighttpd is an open-source web server more optimized for speed-critical environments than common products while remaining standards-compliant, secure and flexible.

Security, speed, compliance, and flexibility — all of these describe lighttpd -which is rapidly redefining efficiency of a webserver; as it is designed and optimized for high performance environments. With a small memory footprint compared to other web-servers, effective management of the cpu-load, and advanced feature set (FastCGI, SCGI, Auth, Output-Compression, URL-Rewriting and many more)

lighttpd is the perfect solution for every server that is suffering load problems. And best of all it’s Open Source licensed under the revised BSD license.

It was originally written by Jan Kneschke as a proof-of-concept of the c10k problem – how to handle 10,000 connections in parallel on one server,but has gained worldwide popularity.

Key Features of lighttpd:

  • Load-balancing FastCGI, SCGI and HTTP proxy support
  • chroot support
  • select()-/poll()-/epoll() based web server
  • Support for more efficient event notification schemes like kqueue and epoll
  • Conditional rewrites (mod rewrite)
  • SSL and TLS support, via OpenSSL.
  • Authentication against an LDAP server
  • RRDtool statistics
  • Rule-based downloading with possibility of a script handling only authentication
  • Server Side Includes support (but not server-side CGI)
  • Flexible virtual hosting
  • Modules support
  • Cache Meta Language (currently being replaced by mod_magnet) using the Lua programming language
  • Minimal WebDAV support
  • Servlet (AJP) support (in versions 1.5.x and up)
  • HTTP compression using mod_compress and the newer mod_deflate (1.5.x)
  • Light-weight (less than 1 MB)
  • Single-process design with only several threads. No processes or threads started per connection.

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