In the August 2020 survey we received responses from
1,230,576,586 sites across 261,821,287 unique domains and
10,349,486 web-facing computers. This represents a loss of 3.65 million
sites, but a gain of 1.16 million domains and 128,000 computers.

The number of web-facing computers using nginx increased by 83,000 this month,
which means that – for the first time – nginx is in use by more web-facing
computers than any other web server, including Apache. This is another
milestone for nginx, and reflects its impressive growth in recent years.

Apache still serves more active sites than nginx, and a greater proportion of
the top million busiest sites, but this month its decline in these metrics
continued. One year ago, among the top million busiest sites, nginx trailed
Apache’s market share by 6 percentage points. nginx has since halved this gap,
and is now less than 3 percentage points behind. If the current trend
continues, it won’t be long before nginx overtakes Apache in this area too.

As well as a marked decrease in total sites this month of 22.14 million
(-15.8%), Microsoft also suffered in other metrics this month. The number of
domains served using Microsoft software dropped by 8.27 million (-18.4%), and
19,000 fewer web-facing computers (-1.2%) are running Microsoft web servers.
Microsoft also lost 633,000 active sites (-7.3%).

New vendor releases

Apache released three new
versions
of httpd this
month. Version 2.4.44 fixed
several bugs, version 2.4.45
dropped support for the abandoned HTTP2 Cache Digests
proposal
, and version
2.4.46 fixed three security
vulnerabilities.

This month nginx released updates for three of its
products. nginx 19.1.2 mainline was released on
11 August with a few minor optimizations and several bugfixes. On the same day,
njs 0.4.3 was released, adding support for the
querystring module.
On 13 August nginx Unit 1.19.0 was
released, which introduced several new features, improved performance, and fixed
a number of bugs.

Total number of websites

Web server market share

Developer July 2020 Percent August 2020 Percent Change
nginx 451,156,878 36.55% 448,602,806 36.45% -0.10
Apache 314,054,523 25.45% 318,307,245 25.87% 0.42
Microsoft 140,264,332 11.36% 118,126,662 9.60% -1.77
Google 44,290,430 3.59% 44,326,227 3.60% 0.01
Web server market share for active sites

Developer July 2020 Percent August 2020 Percent Change
Apache 51,653,416 26.98% 50,966,410 26.62% -0.37
nginx 38,490,201 20.11% 37,794,331 19.74% -0.37
Google 18,700,327 9.77% 18,767,650 9.80% 0.03
Microsoft 8,642,877 4.51% 8,009,744 4.18% -0.33

For more information see Active Sites

Web server market share for top million busiest sites

Developer July 2020 Percent August 2020 Percent Change
Apache 282,596 28.26% 280,158 28.02% -0.24
nginx 255,843 25.58% 257,472 25.75% 0.16
Microsoft 73,558 7.36% 72,787 7.28% -0.08
LiteSpeed 19,569 1.96% 20,348 2.03% 0.08
Web server market share for computers

Developer July 2020 Percent August 2020 Percent Change
nginx 3,445,835 33.71% 3,528,858 34.10% 0.39
Apache 3,454,822 33.80% 3,474,321 33.57% -0.23
Microsoft 1,604,484 15.70% 1,585,588 15.32% -0.38
Web server market share for domains

Developer July 2020 Percent August 2020 Percent Change
nginx 77,637,044 29.79% 79,757,929 30.46% 0.68
Apache 70,516,590 27.05% 70,197,130 26.81% -0.24
Microsoft 45,042,498 17.28% 36,772,587 14.04% -3.24
Google 2,388,957 0.92% 2,402,979 0.92% 0.00

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