March 2020 Web Server Survey


In the March 2020 survey we received responses from 1,263,025,546 sites across 257,194,796 unique domains and 9,659,223 web-facing computers. This reflects a gain of 94,300 computers, 2.12 million sites and 3.00 million domains.

Microsoft and nginx both saw increases in the total number of domains in March 2020, with nginx gaining 4.84 million domains (+7.2%) and increasing its market share by 1.6 percentage points to 28.1%. Microsoft gained 215,000 domains, though this was not substantial enough to avoid losing market share to nginx.

nginx’s sharp increase saw it overtake Apache in terms of domain market share for the first time, with a marginal lead of 136,000 domains. However Apache continues to lead nginx by a considerable amount in terms of active sites
—despite losing 225,000 active sites this month, Apache maintains an 8.21 percentage point lead in market share over nginx. Apache also leads in terms of web-facing computers, though with only 3.17 percentage points separating them from nginx.

Several server vendors which hold a lower market share saw mixed results this month. Google lost 115,000 domains but gained 510,000 active sites, while Oracle lost 27,800 domains and 22,200 active sites. Both hold less than one percent of domain market share, with Google claiming 0.87% (-0.06 percentage points), and Oracle holding 0.22% (-0.01 percentage points).

After having gained almost 2 million domains every month since December, Cloudflare’s rapid growth slowed this month with a gain of only 714,929 domains. Cloudflare power their content delivery network with their own server software, originally based on nginx
, which accounted for 9.31% of observed domains.

Vendor News

NGINX released several new versions of its products this month. The nginx web server was updated to 1.17.9
with several small changes and bug fixes, one of which is related to HTTP/2 support. The company’s dynamic application server NGINX Unit
was updated to 1.16.0, adding functionality which allows more configurable round-robin load balancing.

LiteSpeed Technologies released version 5.4.6 of their LiteSpeed Web Server
. This release adds support for the latest draft specification of HTTP/3, which itself was published in mid-February. The release also hardens the server’s default TLS configuration by disabling support for TLS 1.1 unless enabled by the user.

Apache also released versions
8.5.53, 9.0.33, and 10.0.0-M3 of Apache Tomcat, which include several small feature updates and bug fixes.

Total number of websites

Web server market share

Developer February 2020 Percent March 2020 Percent Change
nginx 459,966,569 36.48% 473,308,955 37.47% 1.00
Apache 309,061,300 24.51% 306,114,673 24.24% -0.27
Microsoft 179,225,073 14.21% 170,567,386 13.50% -0.71
Google 40,120,733 3.18% 41,227,959 3.26% 0.08
Web server market share for active sites

Developer February 2020 Percent March 2020 Percent Change
Apache 53,656,055 28.22% 53,431,366 28.20% -0.02
nginx 37,738,509 19.85% 37,868,433 19.98% 0.14
Google 18,045,633 9.49% 18,556,132 9.79% 0.30
Microsoft 9,209,748 4.84% 9,346,422 4.93% 0.09

For more information see Active Sites

Web server market share for top million busiest sites

Developer February 2020 Percent March 2020 Percent Change
Apache 297,034 29.70% 295,454 29.55% -0.16
nginx 256,816 25.68% 256,501 25.65% -0.03
Microsoft 80,071 8.01% 79,064 7.91% -0.10
LiteSpeed 18,771 1.88% 18,584 1.86% -0.02
Web server market share for computers

Developer February 2020 Percent March 2020 Percent Change
Apache 3,347,812 35.00% 3,365,305 34.84% -0.16
nginx 3,029,931 31.68% 3,059,483 31.67% -0.00
Microsoft 1,663,155 17.39% 1,670,835 17.30% -0.09
Web server market share for domains

Developer February 2020 Percent March 2020 Percent Change
nginx 67,454,081 26.54% 72,289,580 28.11% 1.57
Apache 72,218,665 28.41% 72,153,645 28.05% -0.36
Microsoft 46,668,662 18.36% 46,884,134 18.23% -0.13
Google 2,349,555 0.92% 2,234,601 0.87% -0.06
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