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The light-footed Hiawatha web server

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Article from ADMIN 62/2021
Hiawatha is a lightweight web server with a variety of features that distinguish it from heavyweights such as Apache.

Most admins intuitively think of Apache first when they hear "web server." The program is not only one of the longest serving of its kind, but it has built a reputation over the years of being a smart and stable product.

Admittedly, there are other options: in the eyes of many admins, Nginx has long since become the better option. If you can't handle the massive feature set of Nginx or Apache, you'll regularly end up with Lighttpd, which is limited to the bare essentials in many respects. Only rarely do admins settle on Hiawatha (Figure 1).

Figure 1: The W3Techs survey lists very few installations of Hiawatha, but that doesn't begin to do justice to the server's capabilities. © W3Techs

The bottom line is that Hiawatha [1] very much offers a valid alternative to Apache, Nginx, Lighttpd, and other web servers if you don't need exotic features. In this article, I introduce Hiawatha, detail its genesis, and describe how admins can get up and running quickly with the solution.

What Hiawatha Can Do

Anyone researching Hiawatha on the web will be confronted with a variety of possible explanations for the

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