Security, speed, compliance, and flexibility -- all of these describe lighttpd (pron. lighty) which is rapidly redefining efficiency of a webserver; as it is designed and optimized for high performance environments. With a small memory footprint compared to other web-servers, effective management of the cpu-load, and advanced feature set (FastCGI, SCGI, Auth, Output-Compression, URL-Rewriting and many more) lighttpd is the perfect solution for every server that is suffering load problems. And best of all it's Open Source licensed under the revised BSD license.

Web 2.0

lighttpd powers several popular Web 2.0 sites. Its high speed io-infrastructure allows them to scale several times better with the same hardware than with alternative web-servers.

This fast web server and its development team create a web-server with the needs of the future web in mind:

Its event-driven architecture is optimized for a large number of parallel connections (keep-alive) which is important for high performance AJAX applications.



February 02, 2021

Important changes

HTTP/2 enabled by default, mod_deflate zstd support, mod_ajp13 (new), bugfixes


Behavior Changes

  • HTTP/2 enabled by default

Future Scheduled Behavior Changes

  • graceful restart/shutdown default timeout will change from
    0 (infinite/no timeout) to 5 seconds (or some similar non-zero period)
    configure an alternative with:
    server.feature-flags += (“server.graceful-shutdown-timeout” => 5)
  • mod_compress is DEPRECATED; use mod_deflate
    mod_compress has been subsumed by mod_deflate
    Note: mod_compress config options may be removed in a future release
  • mod_geoip is DEPRECATED; use mod_maxminddb
    Note: mod_geoip will be removed from a future lighttpd release
  • mod_authn_mysql is DEPRECATED; use mod_authn_dbi
    Note: mod_authn_mysql will be removed from a future lighttpd release
  • mod_mysql_vhost is DEPRECATED; use mod_vhostdb_dbi or mod_vhostdb_mysql
    Note: mod_mysql_vhost will be removed from a future lighttpd release
  • mod_cml is DEPRECATED; use mod_magnet
    Note: mod_cml will be removed from a future lighttpd release