April 2023 Web Server Survey

In the April 2023 survey we received responses from 1,115,422,029 sites across 272,511,659 domains and 12,089,407 web-facing computers. This reflects a gain of 3.2 million domains but a loss of 596,923 sites and 16,775 web-facing computers.

nginx experienced large growth for both sites and domains this month. In our April survey, we saw 292.5 million sites running nginx, an increase of 3.0 million since March (+1.04%), and 74.2 million domains, an increase of 1.6 million (+2.23%). It now accounts for 26.23% of sites (+0.28pp) and 27.25% of domains (+0.27pp).

LiteSpeed had the largest loss by sites, dropping down to 56.2 million sites (-5.43%). This takes its share of sites to 5.04% from 5.33% (-0.29pp). Despite this, its number of domains increased, reaching 9.4 million (+1.43%).

OpenResty also saw significant losses this month, totalling a loss of 1.8 million sites (-2.07%) and 232,493 domains (-0.60%). OpenResty now accounts for 7.78% of sites and 14.1% of domains seen by Netcraft, down by 0.16pp and 0.26pp respectively.

In contrast to its performance in recent months, Apache gained both sites and domains this month: its usage increased by 1.1 million sites (+0.47%) and 1.8 million domains (+3.07%). Apache now accounts for 20.7% of sites (+0.11p) and 21.8% of domains (+0.40pp). Apache continues to lead in our active sites metric – which only counts sites with distinct content – where it holds a 20.79% share, ahead of nginx’s 19.07%.

The market share within the top million sites was relatively stable this month. nginx had the biggest drop, losing 688 sites (-0.32%), and Cloudflare had the biggest increase, gaining 711 sites (+0.33%). Cloudflare continues to lead in the top million sites, holding a 21.69% market share, 0.32 percentage points ahead of nginx.

In terms of web-facing computers, nginx led this month with a 6,541 increase (+0.14%), whereas Microsoft saw the largest decrease with a 20,360 loss (-1.66%). The standings for market share by computer count are now: 38.88% nginx (+0.11pp), 27.02% Apache (+0.01pp) and 9.99% Microsoft (-0.15pp).

Vendor news

  • nginx 1.23.4 was released on 28th March 2023. It enables TLSv1.3 by default.
  • njs 0.7.2 was released on 10th April 2023. It includes a new compression module ‘zlib’, providing support for the DEFLATE compression algorithm.
  • Apache 2.4.57 was released on 6th April 2023, containing minor bug fixes.
  • LiteSpeed 6.1.1 was released on 12th April 2023.
Total number of websites
Web server market share
Developer March 2023 Percent April 2023 Percent Change
nginx 289,510,060 25.94% 292,527,297 26.23% 0.28
Apache 229,628,183 20.58% 230,706,481 20.68% 0.11
Cloudflare 113,533,078 10.17% 113,441,471 10.17% -0.00
OpenResty 88,587,110 7.94% 86,755,371 7.78% -0.16
Web server market share for active sites
Developer March 2023 Percent April 2023 Percent Change
Apache 41,297,783 20.52% 41,803,177 20.79% 0.27
nginx 38,122,247 18.94% 38,330,465 19.07% 0.12
Cloudflare 22,785,563 11.32% 22,744,158 11.31% -0.01
Google 19,904,123 9.89% 20,281,694 10.09% 0.20

For more information see Active Sites

Web server market share for top million busiest sites
Developer March 2023 Percent April 2023 Percent Change
Cloudflare 216,170 21.62% 216,881 21.69% 0.07
nginx 213,715 21.37% 213,027 21.30% -0.07
Apache 211,839 21.18% 212,011 21.20% 0.02
Microsoft 51,501 5.15% 51,202 5.12% -0.03
Web server market share for computers
Developer March 2023 Percent April 2023 Percent Change
nginx 4,693,648 38.77% 4,700,189 38.88% 0.11
Apache 3,269,922 27.01% 3,266,881 27.02% 0.01
Microsoft 1,228,232 10.15% 1,207,872 9.99% -0.15
Web server market share for domains
Developer March 2023 Percent April 2023 Percent Change
nginx 72,630,975 26.97% 74,249,254 27.25% 0.27
Apache 57,768,572 21.45% 59,541,413 21.85% 0.40
OpenResty 38,674,627 14.36% 38,442,134 14.11% -0.26
Cloudflare 25,796,120 9.58% 25,626,994 9.40% -0.18