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http server VS web server

sajed 1234

Joined: Nov 12, 2007
Posts: 3
Dear guys,
i'm abit confused regarding teh differnce between http server and web server
http server like apache and web server like tomcat
what is teh differnec
which one host the application the http server or teh web server

Ulf Dittmer

Joined: Mar 22, 2005
Posts: 42965
Hello "sajedsoft sajedsoft"-

Welcome to JavaRanch.

On your way in you may have missed that we have a policy on screen names here at JavaRanch. Basically, it must consist of a first name, a space, and a last name, and not be obviously fictitious. Since yours does not conform with it, please take a moment to change it, which you can do right here.

As to your question, there is no difference between a web server and an HTTP server - they're the same thing. Tomcat is -in addition to being a web server- also a servlet container, capable of running Java web applications.

The difference between a web server and an application server is less clear. It is explored at
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