What is the difference between an Application Server and a Web Server?

sharad chaudhary

A Web Server understands and supports only HTTP protocol whereas an Application Server supports HTTP,TCP/IP and many more protocols. Also many more features such as Caches,Clusters,Load Balancing are there in Application Servers which are not available in Web Servers. We can also Configure Application Servers to work as Web Server. In short, Applicaion Server is a super set of which Web Server is a sub set.

[See also What are all the different kinds of servers? (Such as Web Servers, Application Servers, etc) ]