What IS Nginx

Short introduction to Nginx

Nginx (pronounced "engine X", /ΛŒΙ›ndΚ’ΙͺnΛˆΙ›ks/ EN-jin-EKS) (stylized as NGINX or NginX) is a web server that can also be used as a reverse proxy, load balancer, mail proxy, and HTTP cache. Nginx is free and open-source software, released under the terms of a BSD-like license. A large fraction of web servers uses NGINX often as a load balancer.

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Features

  • Nginx can be deployed to serve dynamic HTTP content on the network using FastCGI, SCGI handlers for scripts, WSGI application servers, or Phusion Passenger modules, and it can serve as a software load balancer.

  • Nginx uses an asynchronous event-driven approach, rather than threads, to handle requests. Nginx's modular event-driven architecture can provide more predictable performance under high loads.

  • Nginx default configuration file is nginx.conf

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