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CERN httpd
"Developer(s) "CERN / "World Wide Web Consortium
Initial release 24 December 1990; 27 years ago (1990-12-24)
"Last release
3.0A / 15 July 1996; 21 years ago (1996-07-15)[1]
Development status discontinued
"Operating system "Unix, "Unix-like
Available in "C
"Type "Web server, "proxy server
"License MIT Copyright Statement with acknowledgement to CERN
Website www.w3.org/Daemon/

CERN httpd (later also known as "W3C httpd) was a "web server ("HTTP) "daemon originally developed at "CERN from 1990 onwards by "Tim Berners-Lee, "Ari Luotonen[2] and "Henrik Frystyk Nielsen.[1] Implemented in "C, it was the first ever web server software.[3]



This "NeXT Computer used by "Tim Berners-Lee at CERN became the world's first web server

CERN httpd was originally developed on a "NeXT Computer running "NeXTSTEP, and was later ported to other "Unix-like "operating systems, "OpenVMS and systems with unix emulation layers, e.g. OS/2 with emx+gcc. It could also be configured as a web "proxy server.[1][3] Version 0.1 was released in June 1991.[4] In August 1991, Berners-Lee announced in the "Usenet newsgroup alt.hypertext the availability of the "source code of the server daemon and other "World Wide Web software from the CERN "FTP site.[5]

The original, first generation HTTP server which some call the "Volkswagen of the Web.[6]

The server was presented on the Hypertext 91 conference in San Antonio and was part of the "CERN Program Library (CERNLIB).[5][7]

Later versions of the server are based on the "libwww "library.[2] The development of CERN httpd was later taken over by W3C, with the last release being version 3.0A of 15 July 1996.[1] From 1996 onwards, W3C focused on the development of the "Java-based Jigsaw server.[8]

The initial version was "public domain software; the last one was under an "MIT license.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Official CERN httpd page
  2. ^ a b Kahan, José (5 August 1999). "Why Libwww?". World Wide Web Consortium. Retrieved 15 June 2010. 
  3. ^ a b The Server Guide: CERN httpd Archived 16 November 2009 at the "Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Change History for httpd
  5. ^ a b Stewart, Bill. "Tim Berners-Lee, Robert Cailliau, and the World Wide Web - Web development". Living Internet. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  6. ^ "W3C Open Source Software - CERN Server". World Wide Web Consortium. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  7. ^ "Robert Cailliau (21 July 2010). "A Short History of the Web". NetValley. Retrieved 21 July 2010. 
  8. ^ Baird-Smith, Anselm (April 1996). "W3C Activity: The CERN server". World Wide Web Consortium. Retrieved 21 July 2010. 
  9. ^ The birth of the web Licensing the web on cern.ch (2014, archived)

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