The Number One HTTP Server On The Internet

The Apache Software Foundation Community-led Development Since 1999.

“I swear by it, not at it, I’ve been running Apache web servers since 1999.”

The Apache HTTP Server Project is an effort to develop and maintain an open-source HTTP server for modern operating systems including UNIX and Windows NT. The goal of this project is to provide a secure, efficient and extensible server that provides HTTP services in sync with the current HTTP standards.

Apache httpd was launched in 1995, has been the most popular web server on the Internet since April 1996, and celebrated its 20th birthday as a project in February 2015.

The Apache HTTP Server (“httpd”) is a project of The Apache Software Foundation.

Thanks to Wikipedia we have the truth behind the name Apache, read on…

According to the FAQ in the Apache project website, the name Apache was chosen out of respect to the Native American tribe Apache and their superior skills in warfare and strategy. The name was widely believed to be a pun on ‘A Patchy Server’ (since it was a set of software patches). Official documentation used to give this explanation of the name, but in a 2000 interview, Brian Behlendorf, one of the creators of Apache, set the record straight:

The name literally came out of the blue. I wish I could say that it was something fantastic, but it was out of the blue. I put it on a page and then a few months later when this project started, I pointed people to this page and said: “Hey, what do you think of that idea?” … Someone said they liked the name and that it was a really good pun. And I was like, “A pun? What do you mean?” He said, “Well, we’re building a server out of a bunch of software patches, right? So it’s a patchy Web server.” I went, “Oh, all right.” … When I thought of the name, no. It just sort of connotation: “Take no prisoners. Be kind of aggressive and kick some ass.”

When Apache is running, its process name is sometimes httpd, which is short for “HTTP daemon.”

I swear by it, not at it, I’ve been running Apache web servers since 1999.
Not because it’s open source, but because it’s a Digital Marketing person’s secret weapon!
I like to break Apache into three main areas:

  1. Configuration
  2. Modules
  3. VirtualHosts

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