July 2016 Web Server Survey

In the July 2016 survey we received responses from 1,073,777,722 sites and 6,058,513 web-facing computers. This reflects an increase of 28 million sites and 107,000 computers.

Microsoft and Apache continue to fluctuate between 1st and 2nd places for total number of websites, with Microsoft retaking the lead again this month after an increase of 36 million sites, and the loss of 20 million Apache sites. However, it is only in the hostnames metric that Microsoft leads, with Apache coming out on top by a considerable margin in all other areas – active sites, domains, IP addresses and web-facing computers.

Looking at the number of active sites, a more stable metric created by Netcraft to ignore automatically generated bulk content, Apache leads with a 46.4% market share. nginx is the second most popular vendor, with a 21.8% market share, and is the only major vendor to consistently gain share in recent months. A similar percentage of both Apache’s and nginx’s sites are deemed to be active, 23.7% of Apache sites and 22.1% for nginx. In comparison, only 4.5% of sites using Microsoft server software are considered active, leaving Microsoft in 3rd place by this active sites metric with a 9.8% market share.

Apache, Microsoft and nginx all gained web-facing computers this month; however, nginx once again saw the only increase in market share. nginx gained 46,000 computers, a growth of 4.8% on last month, and now stands just shy of 1 million web-facing computers. Apache and Microsoft gained 31,000 and 11,000 computers.

nginx also continues to gain market share among the top million busiest websites, where it is now used by 27.9% of sites. Apache, while still holding a dominant position, continues to slowly lose market share, falling 0.55 percentage points to 43.2%.

Total number of websites

Web server market share

Developer June 2016 Percent July 2016 Percent Change
Microsoft 342,605,666 32.77% 378,655,759 35.26% 2.50
Apache 360,458,018 34.48% 340,551,074 31.72% -2.76
nginx 169,316,547 16.19% 170,896,716 15.92% -0.28
Google 21,662,673 2.07% 22,552,901 2.10% 0.03

Web server market share for active sites

Developer June 2016 Percent July 2016 Percent Change
Apache 80,372,471 47.07% 80,607,096 46.41% -0.66
nginx 36,632,010 21.46% 37,837,339 21.79% 0.33
Microsoft 16,501,904 9.67% 17,054,166 9.82% 0.15
Google 14,370,607 8.42% 14,859,517 8.56% 0.14

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Web server market share for top million busiest sites

Developer June 2016 Percent July 2016 Percent Change
Apache 437,296 43.73% 431,809 43.18% -0.55
nginx 276,095 27.61% 279,049 27.90% 0.30
Microsoft 110,846 11.08% 110,202 11.02% -0.06
Google 20,859 2.09% 20,681 2.07% -0.02
Web server market share for computers

Developer June 2016 Percent July 2016 Percent Change
Apache 2,801,689 47.07% 2,832,384 46.75% -0.32
Microsoft 1,535,971 25.81% 1,547,443 25.54% -0.27
nginx 948,919 15.94% 994,721 16.42% 0.47

July 2016 Web Server Survey
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