Information on the
HTTP Server Project

The Apache project has been organized in an attempt to answer some of the concerns regarding active development of a public domain HTTP server. The goal of this project is to provide a secure, efficient and extensible server which provides HTTP services in sync with the current HTTP standards.

The Apache httpd server ...

Why switch to Apache ?

Speed, features, stability.

The Apache Group will allow everyone to use and redistribute Apache without charge. NCSA have plans to change their license, although the final terms are not yet known.

The Apache Group consists of server users --- people who run web servers for a living, and will, if it is feasible, attempt to give other server users what they want. We have no outside sponsors to please and no institutional agenda of our own to pursue; everyone is welcome to make suggestions to influence the direction we take.

Some existing prominent web servers have already switched to Apache code and are actively helping with development of Apache. These include *Hotwired, *MIT AI Lab, The Internet Movie Database at *US and *UK, and *Hyperreal, as well as many other sites running various services and OSes.

An incomplete list of sites running Apache is being maintained.

When will Apache be available ?

Apache version 1.1.1 is currently available to everyone, and is the most stable version. Apache 1.2b1 has been released for testing, though we feel this release is also very stable.

Will Apache be supported ?

Support for Apache will be via the comp.infosystems.www.servers.unix newsgroup. Our policy will be for complete openness, with the exception of reports of security holes.

A number of companies now also provide full commercial support for the Apache server

Bug reports and suggestions should be sent to

Since Apache was originally based on NCSA 1.3 code, many questions about it can be answered by many comp.infosystems.www.servers.unix readers who are not associated with the Apache project. Apache developers will regularly check this newsgroup for questions that need answering.

Why is it called Apache ?

The Apache group was formed around a number of people who provided patch files that had been written for NCSA httpd 1.3. The result after combining them was A PAtCHy server.

How do I get Apache ?

The Apache httpd server is available in the form of source code: