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The Apache HTTP Server, commonly referred to as Apache, is a web server software program notable for playing a key role in the initial growth of the World Wide Web. In 2009, it became the first web server software to surpass the 100 million website milestone. Apache has consistently been the most popular web server on the Internet since taking that spot from NCSA HTTPd back in 1996. Typically Apache is run on a Unix-like operating system and was developed for use on Linux.
Apache is developed and maintained by an open community of developers under the auspices of the Apache Software Foundation. The application is available for a wide variety of operating systems, including Unix, FreeBSD, Linux, Solaris, Novell NetWare, OS X, Microsoft Windows, OS/2, TPF, and eComStation. Released under the Apache License, Apache is open-source software.
Apache was originally based on NCSA HTTPd code. The NCSA code has since been removed from Apache, due to a rewrite.
Since April 1996 Apache has been the most popular HTTP server software in use. As of June 2013, Apache was estimated to serve 54.2% of all active websites and 53.3% of the top servers across all domains.
According to the FAQ in the Apache project website, the name Apache was chosen out of respect to the Native American tribe Apache and its 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), but this is erroneous.