Announcing the Release of OpenLiteSpeed

LiteSpeed Announces the Release of OpenLiteSpeed 1.0

World’s Fastest Web Server Joins the Open Source Community
Basking Ridge, New Jersey — May 2, 2013

LiteSpeed Technologies announced today that it has joined the open source community with the release of OpenLiteSpeed 1.0. LiteSpeed Web Server has long been the 4th most popular HTTP server and the 2nd most popular commercial server on the web. We want to continue to expand the options open to users, allowing more people to experience our high-speed, lightweight web server.
OpenLiteSpeed 1.0 can be downloaded at:

Most of LiteSpeed Web Server’s features have been preserved in OpenLiteSpeed.
  • LiteSpeed’s high-performance, event-driven architecture means extremely fast HTTP service, with a tiny memory footprint. (That is why the company is called “Lite” “Speed.”)
  • LiteSpeed’s WebAdmin GUI provides real time stats and greatly lowers the barrier to web server administration.
  • OpenLiteSpeed carries many of LiteSpeed’s security features, including bandwidth and connection throttling and external application suEXEC mode.
  • LiteSpeed delegates external application processes to separate external applications instead of running them in the server’s processes like an Apache module. This makes for efficient response to multiple connections.
  • LiteSpeed’s native SAPI for PHP and Ruby allows external applications written in these languages to run up to 50% faster.
  • OpenLiteSpeed allows worker processes in order to scale to multiple processors.
  • The graceful restart feature applies LiteSpeed configuration changes and upgrades with no downtime.
  • Apache compatible rewrite rules mean you don’t have to learn a new language.
  • OpenLiteSpeed is the first LiteSpeed version to allow flat file configurations.
Still Commercial?
Yes. We are adhering to a commercial open source model. Following the practice of other commercial open source developers, we are preserving some features as only available in our commercial products. We hope that this will benefit both open source and commercial users. Open source users get a free, fast, customizable LiteSpeed. Commercial users benefit from a larger LiteSpeed community and features only available in the commercial editions.

Hosting control panel compatibility, mod_security compatibility, .htaccess file compatibility, and page caching will remain commercial-only.

At LiteSpeed, we believe the heart of a software company should be a great product. Our company is mostly development staff. Commercial editions support this development team. They allow us to keep our company self-sufficient, self-directed, and concentrated on making our product better.

Finally, we would like to say thank you to all our current users. You are the core of our community. We hope that, together, we can build an even more inclusive and helpful LiteSpeed community.

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