Friday, April 5, 2024

OpenResty®: Not just an NGINX Fork

 Are you looking for a robust and scalable web platform to build your next-generation web applications? Look no further than OpenResty®. In this blog post, we'll explore what OpenResty® has to offer and how it can revolutionize the way you develop and deploy web applications.

What is OpenResty®?

OpenResty® is more than just a web server. It's a full-fledged web platform that integrates an enhanced version of the Nginx core, LuaJIT, carefully written Lua libraries, high-quality 3rd-party Nginx modules, and their external dependencies. It's designed to help developers easily build scalable web applications, web services, and dynamic web gateways.

Key Features and Benefits:

  • Powerful Web App Server: By leveraging well-designed Nginx modules developed by the OpenResty team, OpenResty® effectively transforms the Nginx server into a powerful web app server. Developers can use Lua to script various existing Nginx C modules and Lua modules to construct high-performance web applications capable of handling thousands to millions of connections in a single box.
  • Non-Blocking I/O: OpenResty® utilizes Nginx's event model for non-blocking I/O, enabling seamless communication with HTTP clients and remote backends like MySQL, PostgreSQL, Memcached, and Redis.
  • Versatile Applications: Real-world applications of OpenResty® span dynamic web portals, web gateways, web application firewalls, web service platforms for mobile apps, advertising, distributed storage, data analytics, and full-fledged dynamic web applications and sites.
  • Scalability: OpenResty® is designed to run on a wide range of hardware, from large-scale servers to embedded devices with limited resources. Production users can serve billions of requests daily for millions of active users with just a handful of machines.

OpenResty®: Not Just an Nginx Fork

Unlike Nginx forks, OpenResty® is a higher-level application and gateway platform using Nginx as a component. Most patches applied to the Nginx core in OpenResty® have been submitted to the official Nginx team and accepted. The platform constantly imports the latest features and bug fixes from the official Nginx team, LuaJIT repository, and other sources.

Ready to get started with OpenResty®? Visit the Components section for a complete list of software bundled in OpenResty®, or head to the Getting Started guide to set up an OpenResty® server that can say hello world over HTTP. You can also download OpenResty®'s source code tarball directly from the Download section.

Join the OpenResty community for free technical support through the openresty and openresty-en mailing lists. For enterprise solutions and commercial support, OpenResty Inc. offers tailored solutions to global customers.

Unleash the power of OpenResty® and elevate your web development experience to new heights. Dive into the world of high-performance web applications with ease and confidence.


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