How to run a small web server (one-liner)
Sometimes you just want to have a small web server that serves files to test something.
Serve the current directory
On Ruby 1.9.2+ you can do the following ("
." for current directory).
ruby -run -ehttpd . -p8000
Python 2.x offers a similar way.
python -m SimpleHTTPServer 8000 .
This is the same way with Python 3.x
python -m http.server
In both cases your web server is single-threaded and will block when large files are being downloaded from you.
WEBrick also offers a simple way to serve your files via HTTPS:
ruby -r webrick/https -e ' WEBrick::HTTPServer.new( Port: 8000, DocumentRoot: ".", SSLEnable: true, SSLCertName: [%w[CN localhost]] ).start'
For solutions in many other languages, see the big list of http static server one-liners.
Running a Rack application
To boot an application that comes with a
config.ru, simply run
Or, if you have installed Passenger Standalone:
For HTTPS, use this snippet:
puma -b ssl://localhost:8000