Microsoft IIS Alternatives for Mac

    Microsoft IIS is not available for Mac but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on macOS with similar functionality. The best Mac alternative is Apache HTTP Server, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Microsoft IIS and 16 are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Microsoft IIS are nginx (Free, Open Source), Caddy (Free Personal, Open Source), lighttpd (Free, Open Source) and OpenLiteSpeed (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Apr 21, 2021

    1. Apache, is a web server notable for playing a key role in the initial growth of the World Wide Web and in 2009 became the first web server to surpass the 100 million web site milestone.
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    2. 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).
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    3. Caddy is a web server like Apache, nginx, or lighttpd, but with different goals, features, and advantages.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      lighttpd (pronounced "lighty") is a web server designed to be secure, fast, standards-compliant, and flexible while being optimized for speed-critical environments.
    4. 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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    5. Abyss Web Server is a compact web server available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and FreeBSD operating systems.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • Self-Hosted
      ProFTPD is a high-performance, extremely configurable, and most of all a secure FTP server, featuring Apache-like configuration and blazing performance.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      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.
    6. 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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    7. Tornado is an open source version of the scalable, non-blocking web server. The framework is distinct from most mainstream web server frameworks (and certainly most Python frameworks) because it is non-blocking and reasonably fast.
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