Is OpenLiteSpeed a good Apache Replacement?

OpenLiteSpeed Web Server is a free, open-source web server, and compatible with commonly-used Apache features, including mod_rewrite, .htaccess, and mod_security. LSWS can load Apache configuration files directly and works as a drop-in replacement for Apache while fully integrating with popular control panels. LSWS replaces all Apache functions, but uses an event driven approach to handle requests.

LiteSpeed Technologies was founded in early 2002 by a team of engineers led by George Wang. On July 1, 2003, LiteSpeed Web Server was officially released as a full-featured web server. In 2007, LiteSpeed Web Server became LiteSpeed Web Server Enterprise and was configured to be an Apache drop-in replacement. In that same year, the web server integrated with cPanel, Direct Admin, and Plesk. LiteSpeed Web Server officially began supporting HTTP/2 in 2015 with version 5.0, and also released LSCache (cache plugin for WordPress) with ESI.

In 2017, LSWS released QUIC support.

Nice hosting panel addon for OpenLiteSpeed, with a free tier :

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Apache Replacement

But the free/open version doesn’t support .htaccess, does it?

OpenLitespeed supports .htaccess in another way.

You can copy the rewrite rules from the .htaccess and paste into OpenLiteSpeed admin console:

The commercial version of Litespeed is quite affordable.

There’s a free tier (max 2Gb of Ram), perfect for a VPS or small dedi.

And yes, it has full support and yes, it reads .htaccess directly

Huh, I didn’t know that. Cool :slight_smile:

Yeah, I’ve done research on LS before, I just wasn’t aware of whether it was possible to make use of .htaccess files with OLS.

Latest versions work flawlessly

the speed difference between a static site and a wordpress site running on LScache is almost non existent

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I wonder how well it would perform against Centmin Mod. @eva2000, have you done much testing with LS/OLS?

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not lately (like 1.5 yr ago)

but when i did, it outperformed anything else i had tested before, and that’s a lot

i was about to get started again

The question was directed to @eva2000, but let us know how you get on with your testing! :smiley:

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i was thinking already… holy where did my balls go


if you want to use the commercial version with all the extras for free :

Free Starter License

Our Free Starter License provides single site owners with the power of LiteSpeed Web Server at no cost! Free Starter is a full LiteSpeed Web Server Enterprise license restricted to one domain and 2GB of memory. It is 100% free for the life of the license.

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AFAIK the “problem” with LS is that insane license they enforce, trying to decide which type of websites you can and cannot host with their software. I don’t know if that’s still in effect or if it applies to the OLS project. They’ve been faster than Apache/nginx for ages.


Things have settled a bit these days…

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Yeah, no. Anyone who tells me that they don’t like my political views, and they don’t want me using their product- I have no interest in supporting.

The internet, once a safe place for everyone, is slowly becoming a hugbox where anyone who has radical views that people should work for a living, and keep their ideologies to themselves rather than a billboard, is no longer welcome.

My LAeMpP stack works just fine for my needs, other than taking about 30 seconds to start cold until the local dnsmasq caches because my lazy ass used name-based virtualhosts to make shit easier to move.


Many people have different needs

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You live in Europe. There aren’t that many Amigas left.

That’s why you stay in the US

Nice benchmarks huh

Tell me, where have you been in Europe so far?

As you’re a man of the world, I’m sure you can tell us

Your game is weak, and I just don’t care enough to bother.