September 2019 Web Server Survey


In the September 2019 survey we received responses from 1,291,178,101 sites across 241,131,705 unique domain names and 9,068,313 web-facing computers. This reflects a gain of 19 million sites, 1.69 million domains and 119,000 computers.

All major vendors gained sites this month. The largest gain was for nginx with an increase of 20.6 million sites, followed by Microsoft (+2.9 million), Google (+2.1 million) and Apache (+462,000). This extends nginx’s lead as the largest web server vendor by number of sites; it gained 1.12 percentage points taking it to a 32.7% market share. nginx also showed the largest gains in number of unique domains and web-facing computers.

The largest gain within the top million sites this month was by LiteSpeed, which also saw gains in hostnames, domains, and web-facing computers. The September survey saw 1,422 more sites within the top million using this light-weight Apache alternative, an 8.0% increase. This was accompanied by increases of 480,000 sites (+2.6%), 326,000 domains (+9.4%) and 1,665 web-facing computers (+8.1%).

There are losses in market share for both Apache and nginx as the largest server vendors by number of active sites. Apache lost 22,000 active sites while nginx gained 915,000; due to large gains elsewhere this amounted to Apache losing 0.94pp and nginx losing 0.11pp. Google gained 800,000 active sites and 0.16pp of market share to retake third place from Cloudflare; Cloudflare gained 591,000 sites. The largest increase of active sites was in sites running openresty with an increase of 1.04 million.

Web Server Releases

Apache 2.4.41 was released on August 14th bringing several security fixes. This is the first release of Apache 2.4 since 2.4.39 was released on April 1st.

OpenLiteSpeed released a major new feature in version 1.6.0 on September 10th adding support for QUIC and HTTP/3 as well as a new one-click build tool and support for more platforms.

Both OpenResty and Tengine released versions incorporating the nginx patches that fix the HTTP/2 related security issues discussed in last month’s blog. OpenResty version 1.15.8.2 was released on September 8th and Tengine 2.3.2 released on August 20th.

Total number of websites

Web server market share

Developer August 2019 Percent September 2019 Percent Change
nginx 401,454,029 31.56% 422,048,243 32.69% 1.12
Apache 374,277,243 29.43% 374,739,321 29.02% -0.40
Microsoft 187,109,423 14.71% 189,991,312 14.71% 0.00
Google 30,969,259 2.43% 33,058,930 2.56% 0.13
Web server market share for active sites

Developer August 2019 Percent September 2019 Percent Change
Apache 55,570,824 30.42% 55,548,425 29.48% -0.94
nginx 35,295,177 19.32% 36,210,141 19.22% -0.11
Google 15,748,171 8.62% 16,551,958 8.78% 0.16
Microsoft 9,274,322 5.08% 9,343,479 4.96% -0.12

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Web server market share for top million busiest sites

Developer August 2019 Percent September 2019 Percent Change
Apache 314,634 31.46% 310,977 31.10% -0.37
nginx 255,446 25.54% 256,420 25.64% 0.10
Microsoft 82,968 8.30% 82,657 8.27% -0.03
LiteSpeed 17,695 1.77% 19,117 1.91% 0.14
Web server market share for computers

Developer August 2019 Percent September 2019 Percent Change
Apache 3,259,385 36.42% 3,264,312 36.00% -0.43
nginx 2,777,032 31.03% 2,827,470 31.18% 0.15
Microsoft 1,564,530 17.48% 1,612,411 17.78% 0.30
Web server market share for domains

Developer August 2019 Percent September 2019 Percent Change
Apache 72,847,217 30.42% 73,390,866 30.44% 0.01
nginx 60,096,728 25.10% 61,278,499 25.41% 0.31
Microsoft 50,083,525 20.92% 48,848,550 20.26% -0.66
Google 2,300,656 0.96% 2,207,170 0.92% -0.05
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