micro-httpd DIRECTORY




micro-httpd is a very small \s-1HTTP\s0 server all in 150 lines of code. It runs from inetd, which means its performance is poor. But for low-traffic sites, it is quite adequate. It implements all the basic features of an \s-1HTTP\s0 server, including:

* Security against ".." filename snooping. * The common MIME types. * Trailing-slash redirection. * index.html * Directory listings.

To install it, add a line like this to /etc/inetd.conf:

micro-http stream tcp nowait nobody \ /usr/sbin/micro-httpd micro-httpd dir

Make sure the path to the executable is correct, and change \*(L"dir\*(R" to be the directory you want to serve. You could add line like this to /etc/services:

micro-http port/tcp #Micro HTTP server

Change \*(L"port\*(R" to the port number you want to use: 80, 8000, whatever. Restart inetd by sending it a \*(L"\s-1HUP\s0\*(R" signal.

On some systems, inetd has a maximum spawn rate - if you try to run inetd services faster than a certain number of times per minute, it assumed there is either a bug of an attack going on and it shuts down for a few minutes. If you run into this problem - look for syslog messages about too-rapid looping - you will need to find out how to increase the limit. Unfortunately this varies from \s-1OS\s0 to \s-1OS\s0. On FreeBSD, you add a \*(L"-R 10000\*(R" flag to inetd's initial command line. On some Linux systems, you can set the limit on a per-service basis in inetd.conf, by changing \*(L"nowait\*(R" to \*(L"nowait.10000\*(R".

Note that you can use micro-httpd to serve \s-1HTTPS\s0, if you like, by running it from stunnel. First fetch and install stunnel - FreeBSD users can just go to /usr/ports/security/stunnel and do a \*(L"make cert ; make install\*(R". Then as root run:

stunnel -p /usr/local/certs/stunnel.pem -d 443 -l \ /usr/sbin/micro-httpd -- micro-httpd dir

Make sure the paths to the certificate and executable are correct, and again don not forget to change \*(L"dir\*(R" to the directory you want to serve.





RELATED TO micro-httpd…

inetd\|(8) micro-inetd\|(8) xinetd\|(8)


Copyright (C) 1999 Jef Poskanzer <[email protected]>. All rights reserved.

This manual page was updated by Jari Aalto <[email protected]>. Released under license \s-1GNU\s0 \s-1GPL\s0 v2 or (at your option) any later version. For more information about license, visit <>.