At the high level definition, the Web Server is a system or a program that delivers the content over HTTP protocol to the requested client. The client can be the internet browser where the delivered content will be rendered and displayed to the user. There are powerful open source web servers available for all platform to host and run robust web applications freely.
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Open Source Web Servers list:
|Apache HTTP Server||Apache HTTP Server is the very most popular webserver since two decades. Provides secure, efficient and extensible server for HTTP services.||Windows
|nginx||The nginx is termed as engine X and is also one of the popular Webserver used for both HTTP and mail proxy services.||Windows
|AppServ||AppServ is the open project which group install the open-source applications such as Apache, PHP and MySQL. The purpose of the group installation is to reduce the complexity involved in independent installation and configuration.||Windows
|EasyPHP||The EasyPHP set up the web development environment for Windows. It install Apache, MySQL, PHP, PHPMyAdmin, and XDebug which makes your system as a webserver in a minute and ready to host your web application.||Windows|
|WAMP||WAMP server is a web development environment which allows us to create web applications with Apache2, PHP and MySQL database. Also PhpMyAdmin dashboard allows us to manage your databases. WAMP is available on both 32-bit and 64-bit.||Windows|
|XAMP||XAMP server is similar to WAMP. But only difference is the database. XAMP install the MariaDB along with Apache, PHP and Perl.||Windows
|Lighttpd||Lighttpd described itself as for security, speed, compliance and flexibility designed and optimized for high environments. Lighttpd is the perfect solution for every server that is suffering load problems. It has a small memory footprint compared to other web servers and all it's Open Source licensed under revised BSD licence. Lighttpd powers several popular Web 2.0 sites. It has the high speed infrastructure allow to scale several time better with the existing hardware with alternative web servers. It is good for high performance AJAX applications as its event-driven architecture is optimized for a large number of parallel connections (keep-alive).||Unix
|Cherokee||Cherokee is an innovative Open Source web server designed for the next generation of highly concurrent secured web applications. It is feature rich, fast and friendly configuration GUI which contain a beautiful and powerful web interface for admin. Supports modern technologies such as FastCGI, SCGI, PHP, uWSGI, SSI, CGI, LDAP, TLS/SSL, HTTP proxying, video streaming, content caching, traffic shaping, etc.||Linux
|HTTP Explorer||Http explorer is a free easy-to-use web server which is used to share your musics, videos and images for several web displays (computers, smartphones, tablets…). The popular features include |
1. Streaming MP3 in web interface
2. File sorting by attributes such as name, date, size.
3. Sorting by group and various display modes such as list, icon etc.
4. Search by filters in web interface.
5. Easy sharing via drag and drop.
6. History from all server events.
7. IP filtering and user management to create protected shares.
8. Multi-language and compatible with all browsers.
|HFS HTTP File Server||HFS - HTTP File Server is used to send and receive files and remotely access files over Web. Web interface provided to upload and download the files to and from the server.It has great customization features such as user account authentication, virtual file system, HTML template, bandwidth controls, logs, and a dynamic DNS updater etc.||Windows
|Savant Web Server||Savant is a freeware Open Source web server turning any desktop into a powerful web server. Savant describes itself as simple, fast, secure and efficient and choice of thousands of professionals worldwide. Sawant web server is written in standard C++ for the Windows API.||Windows XP
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