The Differences between Open Source NGINX and NGINX Plus


With today’s release of open source NGINX version 1.7.1, it seemed a great moment to explain the differences between our open source (F/OSS) and commercial products.

Both products are built by our core engineering team in Moscow, and open source NGINX also benefits from huge community involvement. We issue feature releases at a rate of about one per month, and there are over 100 third‑party modules you can compile into the NGINX product, of varying degrees of maturity and compatibility with current releases.

We’re determined to continue to grow the market share of NGINX by building the best possible web server platform. The direction of NGINX is very much driven by our end users; SPDY/3.1 is a good illustration of this, as is the inclusion of syslog capabilities in today’s release of 1.7.1. We regularly include community contributions to NGINX, though it often takes some time as we’re extremely careful to maintain the reliability and consistency of the core code.

When we announced our commercial product, NGINX Plus, we heard concerns from the community. This feedback has helped us refine our strategy around what goes into open source NGINX and commercial NGINX Plus.

We Don’t Always Get It Right

We missed the mark when we initially included syslog integration in NGINX Plus only. The community made it clear they felt syslog was table stakes for the open source product. That is why with the release of 1.7.1, the syslog integration has been migrated into open source NGINX.

NGINX Plus Complements Open Source NGINX

Our goal is for NGINX Plus to complement open source NGINX by providing a supported, tested version, and by serving as a load‑balancing frontend for your clusters of open source NGINX servers. Thank you for helping us find that balance.

You can find more about NGINX 1.7.1 at, and you can review the NGINX and NGINX Plus release process to get a perspective on how the open source and commercial products are related.

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