« Paper: Designing Disaster Tolerant High Availability Clusters | Main | Paper: Lightweight Web servers »

Product: lighttpd

Lighttpd (pronounced "lighty") is a web server which is designed to be secure, fast, standards-compliant, and flexible while being optimized for speed-critical environments. Its low memory footprint (compared to other web servers), light CPU load and its speed goals make lighttpd suitable for servers that are suffering load problems, or for serving static media separately from dynamic content. lighttpd is free software / open source, and is distributed under the BSD license. lighttpd runs on GNU/Linux and other Unix-like operating systems and Microsoft Windows.

  • Load-balancing FastCGI, SCGI and HTTP-proxy support
  • chroot support
  • select()-/poll()-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
  • Flexible virtual hosting
  •  Modules support
  • Cache Meta Language (currently being replaced by mod_magnet)
  • 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 )


Information Sources




Reader Comments (2)

To anyone considering using Lighttpd, I would also recommend you check out Ngnix. It's quickly gaining popularity due to it's incredible performance and rapid release cycle (in comparison to Lighty). it's a serious new contender in the light wieght server market.

November 29, 1990 | Unregistered CommenterErik Osterman

Very interesting.">Downloads free games

November 29, 1990 | Unregistered CommenterVerdg

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>