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    Apache HTTP Server Alternatives for Mac

    There are many alternatives to Apache HTTP Server for Mac if you are looking for a replacement. The best Mac alternative is nginx, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Apache HTTP Server and many of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Apache HTTP Server are XAMPP (Free, Open Source), Caddy (Free Personal, Open Source), lighttpd (Free, Open Source) and Abyss Webserver (Freemium).

    This page was last updated Jan 15, 2022
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    1. nginx [engine x] is a HTTP and reverse proxy server, as well as a mail proxy server written by Igor Sysoev. It has been running for more than five years on many heavily loaded Russian sites including Rambler (RamblerMedia.com).
      nginx vs Apache HTTP Server opinions
      Almost everyone thinks nginx is a great alternative to Apache HTTP Server.
      gamliel Nginx as highly configurable as Apache, but Nginx consumes less resources.
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      alexprange nginx is a great alternative if using as reverse proxy, or hosting pages that strictly use `html/css/javascript` for content, but if you have php, python, or any other server side languages in your code i would recommend using Apache
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

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    2. XAMPP is a completely free, easy to install Apache distribution containing MariaDB, PHP, and Perl.
      XAMPP vs Apache HTTP Server opinions
      This alternative is disputed. XAMPP is still a legitimate alternative to Apache HTTP Server, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      xampp includes Apache. Silly. The rest that goes with it is other junk that's along for the ride. Kind of like calling a car an alternative to an engine.
      Negative comment almost 3 years ago

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    3. Caddy is a web server like Apache, nginx, or lighttpd, but with different goals, features, and advantages.
      Most users think Caddy is a great alternative to Apache HTTP Server.
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      lighttpd (pronounced "lighty") is a web server designed to be secure, fast, standards-compliant, and flexible while being optimized for speed-critical environments.
      Almost everyone thinks lighttpd is a great alternative to Apache HTTP Server.
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      Abyss Web Server is a compact web server available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and FreeBSD operating systems.
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      mcgiwer To get all similiar features to Apache, a Premium (paid) version is required
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      Small self-contained fast and with support to virtually every scripting language and web framework available today
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      OpenLiteSpeed is a high-performance, lightweight, open source HTTP server developed and copyrighted by LiteSpeed Technologies. Users are free to download, use, distribute, and modify OpenLiteSpeed.
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      mcgiwer To get similiar funciotnality, a paid version is needed
      Negative comment 4 months ago

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      Devd is a single statically compiled binary with no external dependencies, and is released for OSX, Linux and Windows. Don't want to install Node or Python in that light-weight Docker instance you're hacking in? Just copy over the devd binary and be done with it.
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      A small fast HTTP library and server that runs Rails, Camping, Nitro and Iowa apps.
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      Weborf is a lightweight webserver designed to rapidly share directories. Runs on POSIX systems.
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      Cherokee is a flexible, very fast, lightweight Web server. It is implemented entirely in C, and has no dependencies beyond a standard C library. It is embeddable and extensible with plug-ins.
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