October 2009 Web Server Survey

In the October 2009 survey, we received responses from 230,443,449 sites. Apache is responsible for more than 60% of this month's total growth of 4.3 million sites.

Apache gained 2.6 million sites in total, including 748 thousand new Apache sites at German hosting company Hetzner Online. Many of Hetzner's new sites are using the dyns.cx dynamic DNS service, which allows customers to use hostnames such as yourname.dyns.cx to point to IP addresses at Hetzner.

Despite Apache's overall growth, it suffered a loss of 646 thousand sites in the United States. This loss is largely attributable to The Planet, where 1.4 million expired hostnames resulted in a net loss of 706 thousand sites.

nginx showed significant growth again this month, with 1.1 million additional sites bringing its total up to 13.8 million. This web server software is particularly predominant at China Telecom, where it is used by more than 80% of their 7.9 million websites. China Telecom also showed the largest gain in nginx sites this month, contributing more than half a million sites to the worldwide gain of 1.1 million. 424 thousand of these new nginx sites belong to blogs at 163.com.

Total Sites Across All Domains August 1995 - October 2009

Total Sites Across All Domains, August 1995 - October 2009

Graph of market share for top servers across all domains, August 1995 - October 2009

Top Developers
DeveloperSeptember 2009PercentOctober 2009PercentChange
Apache105,416,92546.62%108,078,53546.90%0.28
Microsoft49,615,01021.94%49,723,99921.58%-0.37
qq.com30,069,04813.30%30,069,13613.05%-0.25
Google13,767,3386.09%13,819,9476.00%-0.09
nginx12,676,2385.61%13,813,9975.99%0.39
DeveloperSeptember 2009PercentOctober 2009PercentChange
Apache41,182,13154.48%42,534,14255.33%0.85
Microsoft15,048,84419.91%14,942,97119.44%-0.47
Google10,765,38614.24%10,421,46813.56%-0.69
nginx4,198,2755.55%4,500,1495.85%0.30
lighttpd269,7260.36%280,1210.36%0.01
Totals for Active Servers Across All Domains
June 2000 - October 2009

Market Share for Top Servers Across the Million Busiest Sites
September 2008 - October 2009

DeveloperSeptember 2009PercentOctober 2009PercentChange
Apache664,88466.95%665,94767.05%0.09
Microsoft177,77717.90%176,95417.82%-0.09
nginx37,0743.73%37,3763.76%0.03
Google20,0702.02%19,7231.99%-0.04