Top 5 vps server hosting operating systems
We’ve compiled our list of the top 5 vps server hosting operating systems based on usage data.

If you’ve ever wondered, “what are common operating systems used for VPS servers?”, you have come to the right place!

We have compiled a list of the top 5 VPS server hosting operating systems, as observed by Rad Web Hosting staff, during the course of providing VPS hosting services since 2015.

It should be noted that this compilation is not scientifically or mathematically based, as Rad Web Hosting does not log user or client usage details. In the interest of full disclosure, the number of VPS we host, or have hosted, that we DON’T KNOW the specific use-case or purpose for is significantly greater than those we are aware of.

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The occasions where we gain insights for specific usage are:

  • Managed VPS servers-where server techs handle day-to-day administrative tasks and often help clients achieve specific server configuration requirements for their project needs.
  • Custom VPS servers provided in response to client’s pre-sales request
  • VPS servers which clients disclose their purposes during support requests or other interactions.

Without further delay, we present the our report of the Top 5 VPS Server Hosting Operating Systems (as far as we know)!

Top 5 VPS Server Hosting Operating Systems

VPS server hosting is a highly versatile service with many unique use cases. As such, the top choices for VPS server hosting operating systems varies greatly across our users.

1. Ubuntu 20.04

Starting out our list of the “Top 5 VPS Server Hosting Operating Systems” is Ubuntu. Ubuntu is a Linux distribution based on Debian and composed mostly of free and open-source software. Ubuntu is officially released in multiple editions: Desktop, Server, and Core for Internet of things devices and robots.

Top Ubuntu Versions

  1. Ubuntu 20.04
  2. Ubuntu 22.04
  3. Ubuntu 18.04


2. CentOS

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Centos is still a popular choice for vps server hosting operating systems despite being discontinued in 2021.

CentOS is still very much in use for VPS Server Hosting purposes. CentOS is a discontinued Linux distribution that provided a free and open-source community-supported computing platform, functionally compatible with its upstream source, Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Top CentOS Versions

  1. CentOS 7
  2. CentOS 8

3. AlmaLinux

AlmaLinux is a CentOS replacement distribution that is often used by RHEL users. AlmaLinux is a free and open source Linux distribution, developed by the AlmaLinux OS Foundation, a 501 organization, to provide a community-supported, production-grade enterprise operating system that is binary-compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Top AlmaLinux Versions

  1. AlmaLinux 8
  2. AlmaLinux 9

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4. Debian

Next up in our list of “Top 5 VPS Server Hosting Operating Systems” is Debian. Debian, also known as Debian GNU/Linux, is a Linux distribution composed of free and open-source software and proprietary software developed by the community-supported Debian Project, which was established by Ian Murdock on August 16, 1993.

Top Debian Versions

  1. Debian 11
  2. Debian 10
  3. Debian 12

5. Windows Server

Windows Server rounds out the top 5 VPS server hosting operating systems in use at Rad Web Hosting.

Windows Server is a group of operating systems for servers that Microsoft has been developing since 1993. The first OS that was released for this platform is Windows NT 3.1 Advanced Server. With the release of Windows Server 2003, the brand name was changed to Windows Server.

READ ALSO: Which Windows Server Versions are Available for Windows VPS?

Top Windows Server Versions

  1. Windows Server 2022
  2. Windows Server 2019
  3. Windows Server 2016


We hoped you have found our compiled list of Top 5 VPS Server Hosting Operating Systems educational and insightful. Please feel free to mention any other use cases you have encountered in the comments section.

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