March 2018 Web Server Survey

In the March 2018 survey we received responses from 1,770,411,187 sites across 214,774,438 unique domain names and 7,333,606 web-facing computers. This reflects a gain of 43,000 computers, and 738,000 additional domains. The total number of hostnames fell by 68.2 million, and the number of active sites fell by 3.4 million.

Domain growth this month was shared between nginx and Microsoft; nginx increased its market share by 0.15 percentage points by gaining 482,000 domains while Microsoft gained slightly fewer with 413,000. Market leader Apache lost 568,000 domains and continues to lose market share, its share now stands at 37.6%.

Apache also loses out when looking at the number of web-facing computers, 31,000 fewer computers were seen running the web server software in March leading to a drop in market share of 0.67 percentage points. Microsoft also lost computers, seeing 100 fewer, while nginx continues to gain both computers and market share. Nearly 1.8 million web-facing computers were seen running nginx in March, giving it 24.5% of the market.

New Releases

The Apache Software Foundation announced the release of Apache 2.4.33 on 23 March; this is the first release announced since Apache 2.4.29 in October 2017, the skipped version numbers were not publicly announced due to issues which came to light during the release process. The 2.4.x branch is recommended over all previous releases.

OpenLiteSpeed, the open source software behind the commercial LiteSpeed HTTP server, received releases to both its stable and latest branches in February, version 1.4.30 was released on 14 February and version 1.5.0 RC2 on 15 February, both releases fix the same set of issues.

lighttpd version 1.4.49 released on 11 March, with it the open source web server adds basic support for the HTTP CONNECT method along with several bug fixes. lighttpd is seen in use serving sites on 500,000 unique domains in the March survey; these are served from 21,000 web-facing computers.

Total number of websites

Web server market share

DeveloperFebruary 2018PercentMarch 2018PercentChange
Microsoft634,359,41934.50%633,719,94135.80%1.29
Apache504,701,56027.45%464,340,53526.23%-1.22
nginx447,224,45624.32%409,124,17423.11%-1.22
Google22,022,6331.20%21,802,6701.23%0.03
Web server market share for active sites

DeveloperFebruary 2018PercentMarch 2018PercentChange
Apache77,324,93742.72%76,398,18443.03%0.31
nginx38,239,25021.13%37,321,10421.02%-0.11
Google14,288,7367.89%13,684,7777.71%-0.19
Microsoft12,301,6886.80%11,986,4136.75%-0.05

For more information see Active Sites

Web server market share for top million busiest sites

DeveloperFebruary 2018PercentMarch 2018PercentChange
Apache367,85936.79%366,27236.63%-0.16
nginx259,17825.92%237,58823.76%-2.16
Microsoft94,0639.41%93,0169.30%-0.10
LiteSpeed14,3921.44%14,4651.45%0.01
Web server market share for computers

DeveloperFebruary 2018PercentMarch 2018PercentChange
Apache3,048,88541.82%3,018,05641.15%-0.66
nginx1,745,47623.94%1,798,11324.52%0.58
Microsoft1,536,50621.07%1,536,37120.95%-0.12
Web server market share for domains

DeveloperFebruary 2018PercentMarch 2018PercentChange
Apache81,313,07537.99%80,745,34137.60%-0.39
Microsoft56,723,13326.50%57,136,50126.60%0.10
nginx43,968,52520.54%44,450,47320.70%0.15
Google1,863,7000.87%1,878,4670.87%0.00