(plural Common Gateway Interfaces)
- (Internet) a protocol for calling external software via a Web server to deliver dynamic content (file extension .cgi).
common gateway interface - Computer Definition
Permits interactivity between a host operating system and a client through the Internet by using the HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP). The CGI Scripts allow someone visiting a Website to run a program on a machine to perform a specified task. The interaction between Web page and program is specified in the CGI definition. As long as the executed programs follow this standard, it does not matter what language the program was written in.
Virtualville Public Library. Introduction to the Common Gateway Interface (CGI). [Online, 2004.] Virtualville Public Library. http://www.virtualville.com/library/ cgi.html#overview.