Mongoose (web server)

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Mongoose (web server)
Original author(s) Sergey Lyubka
Developer(s) Cesanta Software
Stable release 5.5 / October 28, 2014; 5 months ago (2014-10-28)
Written in C
Operating system Cross-platform
Type Web server
License Dual license: GPLv2 and commercial license[1]

Mongoose is a cross-platform web server by Cesanta Software.

Mongoose is built on top of Mongoose Embedded Library. Mongoose Library is used to implement RESTful services, serve Web GUI on embedded devices, create RPC frameworks (e.g. JSON-RPC), handle telemetry data exchange, and perform many other tasks in various different industries including aerospace, manufacturing, finance, research, automotive, gaming, IT.

With just over 130 kB source code and an executable footprint of 40 kB on Linux 2.6 i386, Mongoose is one of the smallest web servers available.[citation needed] Mongoose is recommended in a book on HTML5.[2] Via an API it can be also embedded into other programs.[3]

Until August 2013,[4] Mongoose was released under an MIT License. It is now released under commercial and GPLv2 open source licenses. The GPLv2 Open Source License does not generally permit incorporating Mongoose into non-open source programs. For those customers who do not wish to comply with the GPLv2 open source license requirements, Cesanta Software offers a full, royalty-free commercial license and professional support without any of the GPL restrictions.

Features list:


  1. ^ "Mongoose license". 
  2. ^ A Software Engineer Learns HTML5, JavaScript and jQuery by Dane Cameron
  3. ^ Mongoose: an Embeddable Web Server in C, LinuxJournal, Michel J. Hammel, 2010-04-01.
  4. ^ Mongoose license change