February 2020 Web Server Survey


In the February 2020 survey we received responses from 1,260,909,305 sites across 254,192,929 unique domains and 9,564,965 web-facing computers. This reflects a loss of 35.1 million sites and 11,900 computers, but a gain of 4.57 million domains.

The largest swings this month were seen for nginx. Despite losing 28.7 million sites and 64,500 web-facing computers, nginx excelled in other metrics this month, including a 3.06 million increase in unique domain count and a 675,000 increase in active sites count, building upon its rapid growth from last month.

Apache increased its share of the sites market this month by 0.53 percentage points, owed largely to the aforementioned drop in sites for nginx. This comes despite a drop of 1.77 million sites for Apache. Apache also lost 187,000 domains and 97,500 active sites this month. Apache did, however, gain an extra 6,400 web-facing computers. Apache is presently the most commonly used web server in terms of domains, active sites, and computers, and also has the greatest portion of the top one million busiest sites. The only metric in which it is currently beaten is the relatively unstable total count of sites (hostnames), for which nginx currently holds first place.

Microsoft saw modest growth in its counts of active sites (+193,000), web-facing computers (+9,890), and domains (+536,000). Microsoft saw a reduction of 2.65 million sites, but, like Apache, was left with an increase in its market share overall.

Vendor News

Apache released versions 7.0.100, 8.5.51, and 9.0.31 of its Tomcat Java Servlet software. The updates, which are largely the same across the major versions, include fixes, improvements, and some refactoring. Coyote, the HTTP connector component of Apache Tomcat, was found serving around 325,000 domains this month.

NGINX released an update for NGINX Unit, their open source dynamic application server, adding support for Ruby 2.7 and addressing a number of bugs.

Total number of websites

Web server market share

Developer January 2020 Percent February 2020 Percent Change
nginx 488,628,547 37.70% 459,966,569 36.48% -1.22
Apache 310,833,084 23.98% 309,061,300 24.51% 0.53
Microsoft 181,873,181 14.03% 179,225,073 14.21% 0.18
Google 39,081,956 3.02% 40,120,733 3.18% 0.17
Web server market share for active sites

Developer January 2020 Percent February 2020 Percent Change
Apache 53,753,582 28.48% 53,656,055 28.22% -0.26
nginx 37,063,610 19.64% 37,738,509 19.85% 0.21
Google 17,964,728 9.52% 18,045,633 9.49% -0.03
Microsoft 9,016,312 4.78% 9,209,748 4.84% 0.07

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Web server market share for top million busiest sites

Developer January 2020 Percent February 2020 Percent Change
Apache 298,759 29.88% 297,034 29.70% -0.17
nginx 254,351 25.44% 256,816 25.68% 0.25
Microsoft 80,308 8.03% 80,071 8.01% -0.02
LiteSpeed 18,555 1.86% 18,771 1.88% 0.02
Web server market share for computers

Developer January 2020 Percent February 2020 Percent Change
Apache 3,341,420 34.89% 3,347,812 35.00% 0.11
nginx 3,094,469 32.31% 3,029,931 31.68% -0.64
Microsoft 1,653,265 17.26% 1,663,155 17.39% 0.12
Web server market share for domains

Developer January 2020 Percent February 2020 Percent Change
Apache 72,405,302 29.01% 72,218,665 28.41% -0.60
nginx 64,391,621 25.80% 67,454,081 26.54% 0.74
Microsoft 46,132,463 18.48% 46,668,662 18.36% -0.12
Google 2,349,679 0.94% 2,349,555 0.92% -0.02
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