May 26, 2018

Tiny/turbo/throttling HTTP server with CGI support

thttpd is a simple, small, portable, fast, and secure HTTP server.

  • Simple It handles only the minimum necessary to implement HTTP/1.1.

  • Small It also has a very small run-time size, since it does not fork and is very careful about memory allocation.

  • Portable It compiles cleanly on SunOS 4.1.x, Solaris 2.x, BSD/OS 2.x, Linux 1.2.x, and OSF/1 on a 64-bit Alpha.

  • Fast In typical use it’s about as fast as the best full-featured servers Apache, NCSA, Netscape. Under extreme load it’s much faster.

  • Secure It goes to great lengths to protect the web server machine against attacks and breakins from other sites.

It also has one extremely useful feature URL-traffic-based throttling that no other server currently has.

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