In the November 2020 survey we received responses from 1,229,948,224 sites across 263,787,870 unique domains and 10,564,577 web-facing computers. This reflects a gain of 24.2 million sites and 115,000 computers, but a loss of 310,000 domains.

Apache now powers 28.9% of the world’s top million websites, where its presence has grown by 6,431 sites since last month. This has increased its lead over its closest competitor, nginx, which lost 2,563 sites from the top million and is now 3.72 percentage points behind Apache’s leading share.

nginx continues to dominate in terms of web-facing computers, where its total rose by 88,700 to 3.67 million ( 2.48%) computers and its share has grown by 0.47 percentage points to 34.7%. Although Apache gained 24,400 computers this month, its own share has now fallen to less than a third.

nginx also maintains its lead in two other metrics, with a total of 414 million sites (33.7% share) and 79.8 million domains (30.3%), while Apache still has the largest share of active sites (25.9%).

The number of domains powered by Microsoft web server suffered another noticeable fall this month, dropping by 473,000 to 19.1 million (-2.41%), reducing its share to 7.25%. Some of this decline is still being driven by GoDaddy’s parked domains being moved to OpenResty web servers.

More than 36 million unique domains are served by OpenResty, making it the third most commonly used server by that metric, and putting it over 15 million domains ahead of Cloudflare. OpenResty is a scalable web platform based on NGINX and LuaJIT, which is a just-in-time compiler for the Lua language.

Some of the most commonly visited websites powered by OpenResty include Tumblr, Firefox Monitor, Basecamp and a few adult video sites. The 36.6 million domains powered by OpenResty are served from just 81,900 computers.

Other vendor and hosting news

  • nginx 1.19.5 mainline was released on 24 November.
  • NGINX Unit 1.21.0 was released on 19 November.
  • Apache Tomcat 7.0.107, 8.5.60, 9.0.40 and 10.0.0.M10 were released on 17 November.
  • OpenLiteSpeed 1.7.6 was released on 9 November, followed by OpenLiteSpeed 1.6.18 Stable on 24 November.
  • Microsoft claims it will become the first major cloud provider to track hourly energy consumption and renewable energy matching in a commercial product using the Vattenfall 24/7 Matching solution for its new datacenter regions in Sweden, which will be available next year.
  • DigitalOcean has introduced storage-optimized Droplets with NVMe SSDs, and reduced the price of its memory-optimized Droplets.
  • Dozens of apps, websites and other online services including Coinbase, Flickr, Roku and The Washington Post were affected by an outage at Amazon’s us-east-1 geographic region on 25 November.
Total number of websites

Web server market share

Developer October 2020 Percent November 2020 Percent Change
nginx 412,851,940 34.24% 414,338,895 33.69% -0.55
Apache 326,050,973 27.04% 329,384,399 26.78% -0.26
Microsoft 92,405,675 7.66% 97,283,716 7.91% 0.25
Google 46,583,411 3.86% 45,597,737 3.71% -0.16
Web server market share for active sites

Developer October 2020 Percent November 2020 Percent Change
Apache 50,837,005 25.66% 50,128,182 25.86% 0.19
nginx 38,606,507 19.49% 38,361,336 19.79% 0.30
Google 19,978,491 10.08% 18,643,717 9.62% -0.47
Microsoft 7,716,026 3.89% 7,611,479 3.93% 0.03

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Web server market share for top million busiest sites

Developer October 2020 Percent November 2020 Percent Change
Apache 282,798 28.28% 289,229 28.92% 0.64
nginx 254,530 25.45% 251,967 25.20% -0.26
Microsoft 71,983 7.20% 72,656 7.27% 0.07
LiteSpeed 22,199 2.22% 23,217 2.32% 0.10
Web server market share for computers

Developer October 2020 Percent November 2020 Percent Change
nginx 3,577,128 34.23% 3,665,862 34.70% 0.47
Apache 3,490,546 33.40% 3,514,947 33.27% -0.13
Microsoft 1,543,860 14.77% 1,506,313 14.26% -0.52
Web server market share for domains

Developer October 2020 Percent November 2020 Percent Change
nginx 79,895,960 30.25% 79,843,914 30.27% 0.02
Apache 69,649,769 26.37% 69,758,527 26.44% 0.07
Microsoft 19,604,847 7.42% 19,131,672 7.25% -0.17
Google 2,436,537 0.92% 2,293,934 0.87% -0.05

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