October 2019 Web Server Survey

In the October 2019 survey we received responses from 1,300,884,420 sites across 241,553,033 unique domain names and 9,045,029 web-facing computers. This reflects a gain of 9.71 million sites, 421,000 domains and a loss of 23,000 computers.

Amongst the largest web server vendors, only nginx and Google gained sites this month with the two vendors increasing by 5.67 million (+1.34%) and 1.80 million (+5.45%) sites respectively, whilst Apache and Microsoft lost 2.14 million (-0.57%) and 6.77 million (-3.56%) sites.

nginx was in fact the only major web server vendor to see increases in most metrics this month, with gains in domains (+480,000), web-facing computers (+12,000), and top million websites (+472).

Apache saw substantially the largest loss of domains, dropping by 762,000 (-1.04%), with Microsoft following with a smaller drop of 125,000 (-0.26%). These losses were largely offset by increases in domains using other smaller vendors, such as Cloudflare and Tengine, both of which are based on nginx.

In terms of web-facing computers, Microsoft saw the largest loss of 56,000 (-3.46%), followed by Apache which dropped 15,000 (-0.46%). A large proportion of Microsoft's loss came at hosting provider Cloud Innovation which appeared to switch many sites to Tengine.

Total number of websites


Web server market share


Developer September 2019 Percent October 2019 Percent Change
nginx 422,048,243 32.69% 427,719,289 32.88% 0.19
Apache 374,739,321 29.02% 372,604,250 28.64% -0.38
Microsoft 189,991,312 14.71% 183,224,187 14.08% -0.63
Google 33,058,930 2.56% 34,861,968 2.68% 0.12
Web server market share for active sites


Developer September 2019 Percent October 2019 Percent Change
Apache 55,548,425 29.48% 54,121,818 30.23% 0.75
nginx 36,210,141 19.22% 34,944,638 19.52% 0.30
Google 16,551,958 8.78% 16,290,724 9.10% 0.31
Microsoft 9,343,479 4.96% 8,904,875 4.97% 0.02

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Web server market share for top million busiest sites

Developer September 2019 Percent October 2019 Percent Change
Apache 310,977 31.10% 308,936 30.89% -0.20
nginx 256,420 25.64% 256,892 25.69% 0.05
Microsoft 82,657 8.27% 82,208 8.22% -0.04
LiteSpeed 19,117 1.91% 17,591 1.76% -0.15
Web server market share for computers


Developer September 2019 Percent October 2019 Percent Change
Apache 3,264,312 36.00% 3,249,401 35.92% -0.07
nginx 2,827,470 31.18% 2,839,512 31.39% 0.21
Microsoft 1,612,411 17.78% 1,556,561 17.21% -0.57
Web server market share for domains


Developer September 2019 Percent October 2019 Percent Change
Apache 73,390,866 30.44% 72,628,613 30.07% -0.37
nginx 61,278,499 25.41% 61,758,374 25.57% 0.15
Microsoft 48,848,550 20.26% 48,723,464 20.17% -0.09
Google 2,207,170 0.92% 2,173,193 0.90% -0.02