December 2009 Web Server Survey

In the December 2009 survey we received responses from 233,848,493 sites, an increase of 212k since last month.

nginx continues to experience substantial absolute growth, increasing by 1.3M hostnames, which was the biggest gain this month.

Over the last 12 months, nginx has shown the most consistent growth out of all of the top Server Vendors, seeing only a small loss in February. Since this time last year, it has grown by 12.9M hostnames, which is only slightly below that of Apache's growth of 13.3M. In terms of market share, however, Apache has actually lost 4.7% this year, whereas nginx has seen a large increase, gaining 5.2% over the year.

In total we have seen an increase of 47M hostnames and 7M active sites over the last 12 months.

Total Sites Across All Domains
August 1995 - December 2009

Total Sites Across All Domains, August 1995 - December 2009


Market Share for Top Servers Across All Domains
August 1995 - December 2009

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


DeveloperNovember 2009PercentDecember 2009PercentChange
Apache110,201,88347.17%108,953,83846.59%-0.58
Microsoft49,691,41221.27%49,184,24421.03%-0.24
qq.com30,069,18912.87%30,069,27712.86%-0.01
nginx14,988,6106.42%16,249,9506.95%0.53
Google13,771,0045.89%14,110,2806.03%0.14
lighttpd1,113,6050.48%840,6540.36%-0.12

Totals for Active Servers Across All Domains
June 2000 - December 2009


DeveloperNovember 2009PercentDecember 2009PercentChange
Apache43,203,07255.32%42,729,32653.67%-1.65
Microsoft14,823,79718.98%14,534,00818.26%-0.72
Google10,593,97413.56%10,768,49713.53%-0.04
nginx4,847,8096.21%6,967,5128.75%2.54
lighttpd322,9960.41%245,9930.31%-0.10

For more information on active servers, see Active Sites

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


DeveloperNovember 2009PercentDecember 2009PercentChange
Apache665,54567.00%664,57666.89%-0.10
Microsoft176,30417.75%175,27817.64%-0.10
nginx38,4673.87%40,0844.03%0.16
Google19,6671.98%20,2152.03%0.05