April 2021 Web Server Survey

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Web server market share for active sites

By doing April 2021 Survey from which we received responses 1,212,139,815 Websites about 264,469,666 unique domains and 10,939,637 Computer facing the internet. This is an increase of 24,611,866 websites, 1,114,050 domains, and 91,955 computers.

nginx had the largest number of locations that month, increasing 12.5 million to 432,167,302. This also increases its market share to 35.65%, which is an increase of 0.32 percentage points. Microsoft lost its place as the third largest web server developer to OpenResty last month. That month, Microsoft continued to lose websites (-3.6 million) and market share, falling 0.42 percentage points to a market share of 5.54%. OpenResty gained 4.1 million websites and a market share of 0.21 percentage points, while Apache gained 5.4 million websites but lost 0.08 percentage points of market share.

In terms of domains, Apache and OpenResty grew the most, with LiteSpeed ​​and Oracle also registering increases. OpenResty rose 467,000 unique domains (+ 1.2%). This growth is mainly due to increased usage across both Google Cloud and Amazon AWS. Apache grew similarly with 426,000 domains (+ 0.6%), LiteSpeed ​​with 52,000 (+ 1.0%) and Oracle with 27,000 (+ 3.6%). In contrast, Nginx, Microsoft, and Google all lost domains, 483,000 (-0.6%), 331,000 (-2.2%) and 233,000 (-9.2%), respectively.

In terms of computers with web contact, nginx won the largest number with an increase of 59.6 thousand (+ 1.6%) and expanded its market lead over Apache to 3.32 percentage points. Apache saw a smaller increase in the number of computers connected to the Internet (8,000, + 0.2%). This resulted in Apache losing a market share of 0.20 pages per minute. Microsoft lost both the absolute number of computers (-15.3 thousand) (-1.1%) and its market share (-0.25 percentage points).

Cloudflare focuses on the millions of busiest locations. Cloudflare has gained 2,721 locations. This is the only significant gain this month. It is now used by 16.70% of the million busiest locations. nginx and Microsoft posted the largest losses at 1,978 and 1,806 websites, respectively, with Apache dropping 608.

Other providers and hosting news

  • nginx version 1.20.0 was released on April 20th; As a result, the functions from the last development year of the main branch 1.19 are integrated into a stable version that does not receive any further function updates. Prior to the release of version 1.20.0, the main 1.19 branch received a bug fix update on March 30th and a small update on April 13th with features related to keepalives.
  • Major versions 8, 9, and 10 of Apache Tomcat were updated on April 6th to include binaries created with OpenSSL 1.1.1k. Version 7 received a bugfix version on April 26th.

Web server market share

developer March 2021 percent April 2021 percent change
Nginx 419.637.923 35.34% 432,167,302 35.65% 0.32
Apache 308,509,042 25.98% 313,948,741 25.90% -0.08
OpenResty 77,819,490 6.55% 81.935.391 6.76% 0.21
Microsoft 70,826,342 5.96% 67.182.740 5.54% -0.42

Market share of web servers for active websites

developer March 2021 percent April 2021 percent change
Apache 50,506,614 25.38% 50,508,693 25.34% -0.03
Nginx 40,111,872 20.15% 39.965.809 20.05% -0.10
Google 20,086,396 10.09% 19,438,838 9.75% -0.34
Cloudflare 16,932,600 8.51% 17,677,430 8.87% 0.36

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Web server market share for the millions of most visited websites

developer March 2021 percent April 2021 percent change
Apache 255.542 25.55% 254.934 25.49% -0.06
Nginx 230,565 23.06% 228.587 22.86% -0.20
Cloudflare 164.235 16.42% 166,956 16.70% 0.27
Microsoft 68,493 6.85% 66.687 6.67% -0.18

Market share of web servers for computers

developer March 2021 percent April 2021 percent change
Nginx 3,837,524 35.38% 3,897,150 35.62% 0.25
Apache 3,525,111 32.50% 3,533,152 32.30% -0.20
Microsoft 1,443,725 13.31% 1,428,374 13.06% -0.25

Market share of web servers for domains

developer March 2021 percent April 2021 percent change
Nginx 80.999.556 30.76% 80,516,546 30.44% -0.31
Apache 68,822,067 26.13% 69.248.336 26.18% 0.05
OpenResty 38.035.992 14.44% 38,502,619 14.56% 0.12
Cloudflare 18,657,944 7.08% 18,591,275 7.03% -0.06