back to article WTF is OpenResty? The world's fifth-most-used Web server, that's what!

Netcraft's September survey of the world's most prevalent web servers turned up something interesting: a dip for all major servers but a sudden spike for OpenResty. Open what? OpenResty is a superset of the nginx web server, but bundled with LuaJIT, a just-in-time compiler for the Lua scripting language. We've not covered Lua …

  1. streaky


    .. had (has) a lot of lua interwoven into it, obviously they were onto something. Shame it's essentially abandonware at this point.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: lighttpd..

      That Microsoft IIS is now way ahead of Apache by market share of sites is surely of rather more note?!

      Microsoft 542,498,796 42.19%

      Apache 316,042,289 24.58%

      (This is the same statistic that the LAMP fan boys used to remind us of month after month....)

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: surely of rather more note?!

        Not if you read to the end of the article where it becomes apparent that anyone doing real work is using Apache or nginx.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: surely of rather more note?!

          "anyone doing real work is using Apache or nginx"

          These market share numbers were near universally quoted when Apache was #1. Now IIS has taken the throne suddenly now we have to fudge it by categorising what the sites do lol.

          I think what is really going on here is that a significant subset of commercial users are fed up with being continually hacked and exploited when using open source web stacks, and have switched to Microsoft IIS because of it's far far better security record in recent years. And it's much easier to setup and use - no prehistoric editing of text files required...

          1. streaky

            Re: surely of rather more note?!

            It *is* important to go by what sites do. For example what facebook uses is far more important information than what your dog's blog is using. Important datapoint is how many requests are served by each but that's data we'll never see...

      2. batfastad

        Re: lighttpd..

        > That Microsoft IIS is now way ahead of Apache by market share of sites is surely of rather more note?!

        Nope. It means that the main use of IIS is ad funnel sites and domain parking pages that noone ever looks at. I remember M$ did a deal with GoDaddy a few years ago to give them all they could eat M$ licenses if they switched their domain parking pages to IIS.

    2. Eddy Ito

      Re: lighttpd..

      I don't know that it's abandonware. It seems to me that it's embedded in lots of other software both open source and commercial. Of course that doesn't mean it's getting anything back or if those packages aren't just stripping out the bits they need.

      Oh AC, somehow I don't see how winning the battle for parked domains is much of a feather in anyone's cap or what your comment has to do with the topic.

  2. Ole Juul

    but the name

    I can't get comfortable with that. It's too much slumber lodge or mattress or something.

    1. Hans 1

      Re: but the name

      Or too much Schifffahrt to me ...

      1. Yes, 3 f's.

      2. No, that is NOT a typo.

      1. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken

        Re: but the name

        Flussschifffahrt (not a typo either)...

        Q: Why did the ancient Egyptians use hieroglyphs* ?

        A: One Rechtschreibungsreform too many...

        * Yes, I looked that one up.

    2. kmac499

      Re: but the name

      Maybe it's my internal accent but I can't get the "Louie Louie" song in Animal House outta my brain...

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: but the name

        Damn you sir! Out, out of my brain.....

  3. A Non e-mouse Silver badge

    ...10,000 of the top million sites..

    Er, so that's 1% then?

  4. Len

    Just wait till Hiawatha takes over!

    Where is my favourite web server, Hiawatha?!

    Just you wait, give it a month (OK, maybe two) and it will be up there with the big boys...

  5. HmmmYes

    LUA is great.

  6. Pen-y-gors


    Shouldn't that be OpenResty McOpenRestyFace?

  7. Valerion


    Netcraft says OpenResty was used on about 240,000 domains in August, then jumped to over 400,000 in September as moved to the server

    I won't claim to know anything about Tumblr, but wouldn't it have jumped to 240,001?

    1. RichardBarrell

      Re: Counting

      Tumblr host sites on lots of domains. If you own a domain name and have a Tumblr blog, you can configure both so Tumblr will serve your blog on that name. e.g. is one - the domain doesn't end in "", it belongs to someone else. These probably are the ones being counted. It's very plausible that as many as 160k domains have been set up like this; Tumblr have lots and LOTS of users.

      Tumblr also have a lot of subdomains, which must not have been counted. Tumblr serve every blog on its own subdomain. e.g. is a blog posting pictures of ferrets (and maybe other stuff, I didn't look). Tumblr have a LOT more than 160k registered blogs: as far as I can tell, well into the hundreds of millions. One estimate I saw put it at 300 million this July.

  8. Nick Kew


    Once upon a time, taobao took the lead developing an nginx-based platform with some juicy extras. The one that originally drew me was loadable module support (albeit still very limited compared to Apache). Lua is another - though of course Apache also has lua, and I rather thought nginx did too. It was called tengine, and has a website here.

    Now we have a new name, which may have been the suggestion of an english-speaker with a rather cruel sense of humour. But what's the relationship to tengine? Is this an attempt to throw it over the wall to the English-speaking world or something?

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